Champions League semi-final | Roma v Liverpool | Preview and Odds

The first leg was certainly one to remember as Liverpool flew into a 5-0 lead before Roma fought back to give themselves a chance with two late goals.

With a Champions League final place up for grabs, it’s advantage to Jurgen Klopp’s men as we head to the Stadio Olimpico.’s football betting expert gives his thoughts.

Roma’s rugged defence to be Mo-wed over

The Italian side haven’t conceded a goal at the Stadio Olimpico since 2016, when they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Porto.

Since then, Roma’s form in the capital has been nothing short of sensational.

Wins to nil against Chelsea, Qarabag, Shakhtar Donetsk and most impressively, Barcelona, has made Eusebio Di Francesco’s side one to fear in the Champions League this season.

However, how they fare against the top scorers in the Champions League this season remains to be seen – especially the familiar face of Mohamed Salah.

If anyone can breach the Italian backline, it’s the little Egyptian magician.

The former Roma star torn them to shreds in the first leg with two goals and two assists, so will take some stopping despite being away from home.

I’m confident Liverpool are going to score and at 10/11, it’s hard to look past Salah to score anytime.

Goals galore 2.0               

At 5-0, the Champions League tie was as good as won for Liverpool but two lapses in concentration has given Roma real hope.

With just 10 minutes remaining, Edin Dzeko pulled one back following a simple ball over the top, before Diego Perotti netted a second from the penalty spot after a James Milner handball.

Whilst it’s certainly advantage Liverpool, the two away goals means it’s not over, especially after Roma’s exploits against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

Do I think Liverpool score? Yes, and I do think Roma score? Yes, and do I think Roma will score more than one? Absolutely.

For that reason, I’m happy to back overs in this game because the Italians need to score three and Jurgen Klopp’s defence leaves much to be desired.

At 9/4, I’m happy to have a go at over 4.5 goals in Rome.

Roma to win but will fall short

Roma at home is an intimidating thought for any side and Di Francesco’s side will have the bit between their teeth come Wednesday night.

They were shell-shocked by Liverpool’s fast start in the first leg and their high-line was always going to be a recipe for disaster at Anfield.

However, the two late goals will have Roma up for the fight and giving themselves a glimmer of hope.

They have no choice but to go gung-ho and I question Liverpool’s defence, despite the impressive performances of Virgil van Dijk, so a win for the Italians looks to be on the cards.

You can back Roma to win on the night at 6/4 – but though the Romans may win the battle, ultimately, Liverpool should still win the war.




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