Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Stadio Olimpico will host Tuesday’s football game between Roma and Porto, the two teams who face each other in the Champions League last 16. The Romans aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Real Madrid and Viktoria Plzen, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the Serie A side. The Dragons, on the other hand, are leading the chase for the domestic trophy and they have big ambitions for the knockout stages of the Champions League as well. Sergio Conceicao’s troops aim to keep their 100% record in the elite competition intact and we are positive that they are going to score an away goal in the Stadio Olimpico showdown. A man to watch in the home team will be Bosnian attacker Edin Dzeko, whilst Roma defenders should have Algeria international Yacine Brahimi at bay.
Highlighted Player (Justin Kluivert):
The son of the famous Patrick Kluivert, Justin, started his career at the same club as his father, AFC Ajax, alongside his brother Quincy Kluivert, who is currently without club. His second brother Ruben is also a football player at FC Utrecht. Justin Kluivert is following the footsteps of his famous father. He made his first appearance for Jong Ajax in Eerste Divisie on September 2016 and four months later, in January 2017, he appeared in Ajax senior squad against PEC Zwolle. Soon after that, Kluivert netted his first goal against Excelsior, on 19th March 2017, ten years and one day after his father’s last career goal. During his spell at Ajax, the left-winger, who can also play on the right flank, recorded 44 appearances, with 12 goals and 9 assists on his tally in the Eredivisie. Serie A giants Roma signed the Dutch teenager for a fee of €17.2 million on July 1st 2018. He made his debut for the Netherlands national team on 26th March 2018.
Highlighted Team (FC Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.