Barcelona vs AS Roma Betting Tip and Predictions. In the 5th Round in Group E, of the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona host AS Roma at Nou Camp.
Barcelona stand at the top of the table in Group E and they have already qualified in the next phase of Champions League. They need at least one point against AS Roma in order to secure the first position, but without any doubt Luis Enrique’s side are looking for another win upfront their supporters. FC Barcelona showed their strengths on Saturday when they smashed big rivals Real Madrid 0-4 and they want to continue with good performance in the match against AS Roma. Big boost for home side is the fact that their best player Leo Messi get back in team and played in the second half-time against Real Madrid. He should start the match and lead the attack along Suarez and Neymar. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique expect an open match. “I expect a difficult match, because they need to get a result, so the game will be very open.” – said Enrique.
AS Roma stand at the second position with 5 points and they still have a chance to reach the next phase of Champions League, but they need positive result against mighty Barcelona. They have already played against them at Olimpico and took an important point 1-1. Visitors are playing very good this season. In Serie A they are standing at the 4th position with 3 points less than leader Inter. Their defence is not impressive, but on the other side they have the best attack in Serie A (scored 29 goals in 13 matches). Their coach Rudi Garcia, said that they have to attack, despite the fact that Barca are too strong. “We cannot defend throughout the entire game, because then we will lose.” – said Garcia.
Barcelona vs AS Roma injuries and suspensions
In home team, Rafinha and Douglas are both out due to injury, while Javier Mascherano picked up an injury against Real Madrid and he is doubtful for this match. Visitors have problems in attack due to injury of Francesco Totti, Gervinho and Mohamed Salah, while Daniele De Rossi is doubtful.
Read more: Champions League: BATE vs Bayer Leverkusen
Barcelona vs AS Roma possible lineups
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar.
AS Roma: Szczęsny; Maicon, Rüdiger, Manolas, Digne; De Rossi; Florenzi, Nainggolan, Pjanić, Falqué; Džeko.
Barcelona vs AS Roma Prediction
Barcelona are full of confidence after victory over Real Madrid and they will be fully motivated to win another match and qualify directly in the next stage of UEFA Champions League. Odd for home win is not impressive, but I believe that Barcelona will finish the job in the first half-time.