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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW + TIPS - WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL

BARCELONA vs AS ROMA 

 

The best team in Italy (Juventus) were taken apart (0-3) by another Spanish Club (Real Madrid) last night, that probably doesn’t auger well for the chance of Serie A representative AS Roma. Afterall, they are playing top of La Liga Barcelona at the Camp Nou this evening, and the last time they came here the match ended 6-1!

 

Prior to the QF’s starting Ernesto Valverde’s side were marginal favourites to lift the trophy they last claimed in 2014/15. However, a word of caution, they did get knocked out at this stage last season by Juventus. Furthermore, two of their matches during the group stage ended in draws, and they were a tad fortunate to get a draw in Chelsea (1-1). With that said, Barca steamrolled the Blues in the reverse leg (3-0), and they are literally running away with their own league.

 

AS Roma could only draw in the weekend match with Bologna (1-1), that leaves them third in the table and a whopping 18 points behind The Old Lady. I Giallorossi progressed in this competition courtesy of the away goal rule against Shakthar Donetsk, with the concluding 1-0 at home being the difference.

 

Busquets and Messi should be able to participate after revering from minor injuries, meaning only cup tied Coutinho and Digne are sidelined for the host.

 

Cengiz Ünder, Silva and Karsdrop won’t be available for Roma. However, a bigger concern is whether Nainggolan will be able to start.

 

Barca will want to get the job done this evening, so expect them to hit Roma big and hard!

 

If Barcelona win by exactly two stakes are returned!

 

BET: BARCELONA -2 (Asian h’cap)

 

Odds: 2.04 SBO

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LIVERPOOL vs MANCHESTER CITY

 

Liverpool got by a tricky encounter by beating Crystal Palace (1-2) at the weekend. Whether Jurgen Klopp’s side were deserving of the three points is open to conjecture, since they didn’t exactly convince. Nevertheless, the Reds are third in the league table and look almost certain to qualify for next seasons Champions league again. 

 

Liverpool actually trail the runaway leaders and tonights opponent by a whopping 18 points. However,  Klopp and his players can probably take a leap of faith by looking at their record at Anfield against City. Afterall, the last time the Citizens won at this ground was way back in 2003. It’s also a fact that the Reds won their last five competitive meetings here against City, and earlier on in the year they enjoyed a 4-3 win over the manchester club.

 

Gomez, Matip, Lallana and Klavan are out for the host, and Can is another highly doubtful. Still, the visitors are definitely without their most natural goalscorer Aguero. Stones and Mendy are also unlikely, while Delph should be available.

 

We believe the Reds have a solid chance here, and we will bet with the draw no bet option!

 

BET: LIVERPOOL +/-0 (draw no bet)

 

Odds: 2.24