Champions League Round of 16: Back Porto to Beat Roma
- Roma-Porto isn't the most attractive Champions League Round of 16 match-up, but that doesn't mean bettors should ignore it.
- Teams taking a 2-1 lead on the road have advanced just 45.8% of the time in the Champions League knockout stages, and Porto could be providing value to win the second leg.
Roma won the first leg at home, 2-1, but could be kicking themselves after allowing a crucial away goal late in the match. Although they still have the advantage based on current odds, historical data points to a potential upset.
FC Porto are looking to advance to their first UCL quarterfinal since 2014-15 while Roma seek a second straight appearance.
Roma have lost their last seven knock-out matches on the road and have a 50% chance of making it eight in a row on Wednesday afternoon.
Odds (Roma lead 2-1)
Roma enter the second leg with -185 odds to advance to the quarterfinal, which equates to a 64.5% chance, but historical data actually favors the underdogs FC Porto here.
Teams facing a 2-1 deficit but playing the second leg at home have gone on to advance 13 of 24 times (54.2%) in the Champions League knockout stages.
I picked Porto to advance at -110 odds prior to the first leg and while that obviously wasn’t the best price, I remain optimistic.
Injuries + Suspensions
- Roma: Kostas Manolas (probable, ankle), Cengiz Under (doubtful, thigh)
- Porto: Vincent Aboubakar (out)