Preview - Barcelona vs Roma 05 April 2018

Started by Harry85, Apr 03, 2018, 07:25 AM

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Champions League Quarter Final First Leg
Barcelona vs. Roma
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Barcelona: 
Last five matches form: W W W W D
CL Average goals per match: 1.60
CL Average goals against per match: 0.20
CL Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (6)

Roma:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
CL Average goals per match: 1.40
CL Average goals against per match: 1.0
CL Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (4)


Barcelona will need to shuffle their pack just a little here. Philippe Coutinho is ineligible following his earlier participation with Liverpool, whilst Sergio Busquets remains out injured. On the plus side Lionel Messi showed no ill effects from his recent hamstring injury when coming off the bench at the weekend and will return to the starting line-up.

Top scorer Edin Dzeko was rested for Roma at the weekend but will return to lead the line. Radja Nainggolan was unfortunately injured in that Serie A clash against Bologna though, and this may come too soon.

Barcelona have been outstanding in the Champions League at home this season, winning all four matches with an aggregate score of 11-1.

Roma have endured a solid campaign in the Champions League to date, but have looked way more solid at home that on their travels. The Romans only win on the road to date came in to minnows Qarabag, subsequent outings seeing them draw at Chelsea but lose to Atletico Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk.

An average of two goals per game conceded in their four away outings is a worrying statistic heading into this clash with one of the most dangerous attacking teams in Europe. The Italians may nick a goal but we don't see anything other than a comfortable home win here.

Prediction: Barcelona 3 - 1 Roma


Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots: 19 - 12
Shots on target: 9 - 3
Corner Kicks: 10 - 7
Possession: 59% - 41%

Danny Makkelie took the names of Aleksander Kolarov and Kevin Strootman for Roma. Barcelona kept their noses clean throughout.

As expected this was all Barcelona from the off, with the home side coming close in the 17th minute when Ivan Rakitic rattled the woodwork.

Roma defended resolutely in the opening period though, looking as though they may hold out until half time, until one of their own players stepped in in the 38th minute.

Swift passing interplay around the edge of the Roma area had the defence of the Italians chasing shadows, and when Andres Iniesta looked to play the killer pass into the Lionel Messi, Daniele De Rossi lunged in to intercept. Intercept he did, but unfortunately for De Rossi, in the process he produced a perfect finish past his own keeper. 1-0 at the break.

Perotti missed a golden opportunity to level at the beginning of the second half but could only send his effort wide. It was likely that miss would prove costly, and so it proved.

Barca's lead was doubled in the 55th minute and it was once again a Roma player who finished off the home sides passing move. Ivan Rakitic directing a dangerous cross from the right across the six-yard box, which Konstantinos Manolas did well to block. Blocking it past his own keeper, onto the post, back onto himself and then into the back of the net wasn't so clever though.

Four minutes later, Roma were 3-0 down and in serious trouble in this tie. Luis Suarez finding himself free in the left-hand side of the area and drawing an excellent save from Alisson Becker. Becker could only palm the ball out though, and there ready and waiting for the tap in was….centre back Gerard Pique.

Roma did get one back in the 80th minute. Perotti playing a good ball into the box to find Edin Dzeko around six yards from goal. The front man did well to take a touch and hold off his marker to finish into the bottom corner.

Barca's three goal margin was restored in the 87th minute. Maxime Gonalons deciding it was a good idea to take a touch inside the box rather than clearing to safety. His touch was heavy, Suarez pounced, bottom corner, 4-1. Final score.

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