Roma vs Real Madrid
Things are pretty evenly balanced in Group G in the Champions League, with Roma and Real Madrid level on points after three wins from four. The Spaniards are narrowly ahead on head to head record, following a resounding 3-0 win over the Italians in the opening game. The hosts don’t anything quite so emphatic in this clash, as a win secures their place in the last 16, and puts them in pole position to claim top spot. However, will some tough times for boss Eusebio Di Francesco hold them back?
The hosts have managed to boost their hopes of qualifying in their last two games, winning home and away to CSKA Moscow. Those victories have left the Giallorossi on the verge of qualifying, and they still harbour hopes of another great run in Europe. Their semi-final place last term was a big boost to the club’s fortunes, as well as their bank balance. Despite that, this season has been a more mixed affair. Their squad depth is questionable, as rotation ahead of this weekend led to a 1-0 loss to Udinese on Saturday.
The visitors had seemingly turned a corner in recent weeks, but Saturday also brought a defeat. They lost 3-0 away to Eibar, a real humbling which has left Real sixth in La Liga. The European champions have already lost their visit to CSKA Moscow in Europe, and that’s come in a campaign which has left them struggling to make the top four. Will they see their European ambitions dealt a blow with a defeat in the Italian capital on Tuesday night?
Overall, the visitors have some pretty dodgy form on the road. Santiago Solari managed three straight away wins when he took over. However, they came against lower league side Melilla, Champions League minnows Plzen and a mixed display at Celta Vigo. They’re yet to really convince, and we think that this week’s trip is a real step up in difficulty for the struggling visitors.
Roma have won their last seven home Champions League games, keeping a clean sheet in six of them while scoring 20 goals. That brilliant record took them to the semis and led to wins over Barcelona, Liverpool and Chelsea. They’ve had a decent run at home lately, losing one of their last eight matches. They head into this clash as outsiders, but we think Roma could cause a shock. The Italians are great value on the Double Chance market after their form, so we’re tipping them to add to Real’s problems.