Roma v Liverpool, Preview, Stats and Betting Tips, Wednesday 2nd 2018, Stadio Olimpico, Kick off: 19:45
Liverpool travel to Italy on the back of a convincing first leg win against Roma. Jurgen Klopp’s men were at their brilliant best going forwards last week at Anfield, putting five past the giallorossi to the delight of the home fans.
However, a late lapse in concentration from Dejan Lovren and a pretty harsh penalty saw Roma claw their way back into the tie. The 5-2 scoreline and particularly the two away goals casts a shadow of doubt over a tie that looked done and dusted.
Liverpool remain the odds-on favourites to make it through to the final in Kiev but Roma pulled off one of the great Champions League comebacks of all time in the last round to overturn a three goal deficit against Barcelona and they’ll believe lightning can strike twice against Liverpool.
Roma v Liverpool Head to Head Record
- Liverpool 5-2 Roma – 24 April 2018, Champions League
- Liverpool 2-0 Roma – 19 March 2002, Champions League
- Roma 0-0 Liverpool – 5 December 2001, Champions League
- Liverpool 0-1 Roma – 22 February 2001, UEFA Cup
- Roma 0-2 Liverpool – 15 February 2001, UEFA Cup
Roma v Liverpool Preview
It’s fair to say that few people expected either Roma or Liverpool to make it to the semi finals of the Champions League. Neither side have ever really been in the title reckoning domestically and it’s the first time either has made it to the final four of Europe’s premier club competition since the 2008/09 season.
The two teams have taken different routes to the semi finals, both in terms of the manner they’ve progressed and their style of play. While Liverpool have blown the competition away with awesome displays of attacking football, Roma are rather more considered under Eusebio Di Francesco.
Roma are yet to concede a single goal at home in the Champions League. That strong platform at home has proved to be vital as the giallorossi do not have a good away record. As well as the quarter final against Barcelona, Roma had to come from behind against Shakhtar Donetsk so they are at least well versed in the sort of comeback against the odds that is necessary on Wednesday.
Roma’s recent comebacks will mean that all Liverpool fans have a certain amount of trepidation ahead of Wednesday night’s match. However, Klopp’s men have scored in each of their away games in Europe this season. They’re also riding a wave of confidence that won’t be dampened by conceding two late goals. Liverpool also have Mohamed Salah who is perhaps the most in form player in the world right now so they should be able to do enough to reach another Champions League final.
Relevant Stats, Injuries and Suspensions
Liverpool’s five goals against Roma increased their lead as the top scorers in this season’s Champions League. The 0-0 draw against Porto in the round of 16 remains the only game in which Liverpool have drawn a blank with the other 12 games producing 38 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo is in a goalscoring league of his own with 15 goals but three Liverpool players – Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané – follow the Real Madrid striker in the golden boot standings.
Edin Dzeko is comfortably the top scorer for Roma who have managed 17 goals so far. That’s not great but they turned it on when it mattered against Barcelona and their impressive defensive record is a major positive.
Roma fans are used to things going wrong for their team at the wrong time and they’re not surprised with the news that Diego Perotti and Kevin Strootman have both picked up injuries which could rule them out for Wednesday.
Liverpool are set to be without Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Joel Matip in Rome, just as they were on Merseyside. The big news, however, is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered knee ligament damage in the first leg and is ruled out until the start of next season at the earliest.
Liverpool v Roma Tips
Liverpool are not the strongest team in Europe but teams always have a chance when they can score goals at the rate Jurgen Klopp’s men do. The Reds are simply awesome going forwards and should be able to pick Roma off as the home side push forwards in search of the three goals they require. Liverpool will also have learned from Barcelona exactly how not to approach a match against Roma so should qualify at very short odds on.
The match could go either way but both teams to score looks a safe bet at 4/9 with Betfair. With Roma needing to get off to a fast start and Liverpool keen to kill the tie off, a bet on over 1.5 first half goals could pay off at 23/20 with Coral. If you don’t have a Coral account, see if they have a 25/1 goal offer for this game. Or if there is a 50/1 Betfair offer currently available.