Porto v Roma – Wednesday 7.45pm, BT Sport ESPN
Former Valencia boss Nuno takes the reigns at Porto where he has already started to shake things up by not including last season’s top scorer Vincent Aboubakar in the squad for their opening league game. It worked for him though, as they won 3-1 to move straight to the top of the table. Roma, meanwhile, saw key playmaker Miralem Pjancic, who starred for Croatia in the summer, move to rivals Juventus over the summer which will certainly hinder them going forward, although it didn’t seem to affect them too much in pre-season as they won all five of their games.
The Italian club haven’t fared well when travelling on the continent in recent years, as since returning to the Champions League in 2014/15 they’ve gone W1-D4-L4 on the road with their defence particularly woeful at times last term. They did manage to find the net in seven of these but their transfer moves this summer have so far failed to address the weakness at the back.
The Estadio do Dragao has been a difficult ground to travel to recently with Porto winning nine of their last 12 matches there in Europe, including against the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Roma are set to be without a couple of defenders and a fully fit Porto squad should make their home advantage tell. With young forward Andre Silva, who starred in Portugal’s U-19 World Cup win in 2013, preferred and scoring in Porto’s opening league game, it’s worth to take advantage of those Roma absentees. However, the Italians top-scored in Serie A last term and we expect them to get on the scoresheet in defeat.