Our match prediction:
All eyes will be on Estadio do Dragao when Porto and Roma face each other in the Champions League play-offs, first leg. Both teams played in the Champions League group stages last season and, no doubt, they will fight tooth and nail in order to participate in the group stages of the elite competition in the 2016/2017 season. Porto kicked off their Primeira Liga campaign with a 3-1 win over Rio Ave and they will be looking to build on the triumph when they take on Roma in Wednesday’s football match. Over the years Porto have turned their Estadio do Dragao into a real fortress and seeing that Roma are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the Giallorossi are going to return home empty-handed. It is well known that Roma key midfielder Miralem Pjanic left the club in the summer transfer window. Porto and Roma meet for the first time ever in the Champions League.
Highligted Player (Iturbe):
Juan Iturbe is one of the rising stars of Paraguay football and is often dubbed the “new Lionel Messi”. The 22-year-old versatile professional plays as a winger as well as a forward. He currently plays for English club Bournemouth on loan from Italian club AS Roma. From a young age, Iturbe was earmarked for greater things and made his senior debut at the age of 16. In 2011 he joined Porto after signing his first professional contract but couldn’t settle in the first-team squad. Iturbe joined River Plate on a six-month loan and then made his move to Italy with Verona. Within weeks after joining Verona, Roma announced the signing of Iturbe. He continued to impress and showed flashes of brilliance but lacked consistency. Iturbe had a chance to represent Argentina and Paraguay and fluctuated his decision before finally deciding to stick with Paraguay. He made his debut with the Paraguayan national team in March 2016.
Highlighted Team (AS Roma):
AS Roma are a professional football club based in Rome. Roma were founded by a merger in 1927 and they play in the Italian Serie A. Roma’s fiercest rivals are Lazio and it has to be noted that both capital clubs play their home games at Stadio Olimpico. The two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Capitale, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world of football. The Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds) have won three Serie A titles (1941/1942, 1982/1983, 2000/2001), while winning nine Coppa Italia trophies. The colour of Roma’s shirts is imperial purple with a golden yellow trim. A number of top-class footballers were part of Roma in the past, but Francesco Totti is undisputedly the club’s biggest legend. “The Prince of Rome” made his 601 appearances for Roma on 14 May, 2016 when the Giallorossi recorded a 3-1 win over Milan at Stadio San Siro.