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Roma v Porto tips and betting advice - Tasty play-off tie hanging in the balance

Porto's midfielder Andre Andre (L) vies with AS Roma's Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan (Getty Images)
Roma and Porto are two Champions League regulars but with this play-off between the two sideshanging in the balance at 1-1, only one team can make it through to the group stages this year.

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AS Roma will be fairly happy with how this tie is balanced at the moment. They couldn't have asked for a much bigger test than former winners FC Porto in qualifying but La Maggica turned in a decent performance in the away leg at Estadio Dragao last week and managed an away goal thanks to an own goal from defender Felipe in a 1-1 draw.

Roma got their Serie A season underway in the best possible fashion this weekend with a thumping 4-0 win over Udinese. After they beat the likes of Liverpool and Montreal Impact in pre-season their confidence seemed to be growing and that win over Zebrette will have definitely helped in that department ahead of this vital clash on Tuesday night. The home win is 3/4 with William Hill
Porto's Andre Silva with Roma's Juan Thomas Vermaelen (Getty)

Just twelve years ago Porto were able to lift this famous competition under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. This time around though, they have a very difficult task on their hands to get past Italian Serie A side Roma just to be able to qualify for the group stage - but Nuno Espirito Santo's men definitely have the quality to deliver in Rome on Tuesday.

After starting their season on the right foot with two wins from their opening two Primeira Liga fixtures against Rio Ave and Estroil, Santo's men can head to Italy with some confidence. Unfortunately for them, this match will be a far tougher test and that's why they're priced at 17/4 to win this second leg clash on Tuesday night with bet365.

We don't envisage many goals being scored in this game. Although La Maggica smashed four past Udinese over the weekend, the Porto defence will be far tougher to break down. The Portuguese club have conceded just two goals in their opening three competitive fixtures this season and the evergreen Iker Casillas is a tough man to beat between the sticks, particularly with the likes of Miguel Layun and Felipe in front of him.

Equally, Roma have been known for their quality defensive displays and Luciano Spaletti will be looking to play to his team's defensive strengths this season and the likes of Federico Fazio and Thomas Vermaelen will make them hard to break down. Taking all of that into consideration, under 2.5 goals is our first recommended bet for this match at 10/11 with Betbright.

With the home advantage, we can see Roma picking up the victory they need here, but it won't be easy. The hosts will be hoping that someone like Mohamed Salah or Stephan El Sharaawy can pick the lock to find them a goal and then they'll be looking to ride the game out with their defensive strength. A 0-0 would be enough to take the Italians through on away goals but we fancy them to win at 10/11 with Betbright.

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Roma v Porto tips and betting advice - Tasty play-off tie hanging in the balance

Roma and Porto are two Champions League regulars but with this play-off between the two sideshanging in the balance at 1-1, only one team can make it through to the group stages this year.

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