AS Roma vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and football predictions for the match between AS Roma vs Barcelona in Champions League.
AS Roma vs Barcelona Match Preview
Barcelona have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after a 4-1 win in the first leg of the quarter-finals last week. Roma have all to play for, as they look to overturn the deficit in this AS Roma vs Barcelona second leg in the Italian capital on Tuesday, April 10, so check out our AS Roma vs Barcelona prediction and betting tips.
Roma went toe-to-toe with Barca in the first leg and even surprised the local faithful by keeping them at bay. However, own goals from Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas gave an edge to the Catalans before Gerard Pique added one more for them. Edin Dzeka gave a glimmer of hope with a goal for Roma, although Luis Suarez retained the three-goal cushion. While the score line looks convincing, Roma will be buoyed by the fact that Barcelona’s performance wasn’t up to the mark. Also, ahead of this AS Roma vs Barcelona fixture, the hosts have been strong at home in the Champions League with three wins and one draw. They are also yet to concede a home goal which should spur the home fans. However, losing 2-0 to Fiorentina at home in the weekend is a setback ahead of this crucial fixture.
It won’t be easy, though, as Barcelona remain unbeaten in the Champions League this season ahead of this AS Roma vs Barcelona fixture. Their performance in the first leg has been underwhelming and so have been their performances away from home in the Champions League. Draws against Olympiakos, Juventus, and Chelsea away from home and five draws in 16 travels in the La Liga underline the fact that Barca remain vulnerable on the road. They were beaten only once in away games this season – in the Copa del Rey – which means there is a faint hope for the hosts. A 3-1 win at home in the La Liga warmed the Catalans up for this fixture, which they expect to master and book their slot in the semi-final of the Champions League.
AS Roma vs Barcelona H2H
Roma have won only one of their last five encounters against Barcelona, although they are unbeaten at home against them in two matches (W1, D1). The last time Roma beat Barcelona was in February 2002.
AS Roma vs Barcelona Team News
Roma could welcome back the likes of Cengiz Under and Radja Nainggolan who have missed the trip to Barcelona owing to injuries.
For Barcelona, Lucas Digne is unlikely to return in time while Philippe Coutinho will be cup-tied. The visitors are not expected to make major changes.
AS Roma vs Barcelona Probable Lineups
AS Roma: Alisson (GK), Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Pellegrini, De Rossi, Strootman, Under, Deko, Perotti.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (GK), Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Roberto, Paulinho, Rakitic, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi.
AS Roma vs Barcelona Prediction
Scary as it may sound, Barcelona have been underwhelming in their 4-1 win in the first leg. That they could still stitch a heavy win is a tribute to their efficiency. Lionel Messi warmed up to the tie by netting a hat-trick against Leganes in the La Liga during the week. We expect the Argentine super star to get on the scoreboard in this fixture and also expect the visitors to pick up points.