FC Porto were handed a winnable fixture against AS Roma in the Champions League Round of Sixteen. Roma have been consistently inconsistent this season under manager Eusebio di Francesco.
Last Sunday’s 3-2 win over Genoa was their first win in over a month. Porto have never lost a competitive game against Roma and memories of knocking Roma out in the Champions League Qualification rounds back in 2016 are fresh in the mind.
FC Porto drew 1-1 at home before an impressive 3-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico.
FC Porto will visit Rome on the 12 February before the return leg on 6 March.
In the Europa League Benfica face a journey to Turkey to take on Galatasaray.
The Istanbul club are currently fifth in the Turkish Süper Lig and are a shadow of the team that competed in the competition a few seasons ago.
They finished third in their Champions League group that included two defeats to Porto.
“We have to be prepared,” said the Eagles skipper Luisão of the upcoming games. “In Turkey the atmosphere is very difficult. Our team will be up for it, because we already know and have faced these kind of atmospheres before”.
Galatasaray host Benfica on the 14th February with Benfica playing at home on 21 February.
Sporting have the shortest journey of the three Portuguese sides with a trip to Spain to face Villarreal. This is a first-time meeting between the two clubs although Sporting have some bad memories of visits across the border.
It’s hard to forget last season’s defeat to Atlético Madrid and the massive fallout that happened as a result.
Spanish sides have long been a stumbling block for Sporting in Europe.
You have to go back to 1986 to find the last time Sporting managed to eliminate a Spanish side in a European knockout game.
Villarreal will be a tough game, however domestically they are struggling and sitting just one point above the relegation zone.
The first leg will be held at the Alvalade on 14 February and the return leg in Villarreal on 21 February.