Barcelona have bowed out in the quarterfinals of Champions League in last two editions, and they will be desperate to put things right this season. Barca will host AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie at Nou Camp on Wednesday.
The Catalans have been handed one of the easier ties at this stage, and they would be expected to progress comfortably. Barcelona are doing spectacularly well in the league, and they are yet to face a defeat this season. They look rather undefeatable at their home ground, and we don’t think AS Roma will be able to cause them many problems in the first leg.
On Saturday, they came back from 2-0 down to snatch a late 2-2 draw at Sevilla. In the last round of Champions League, Barcelona were given a tough time by Chelsea in both legs, but in the end, they managed a 4-1 win on aggregate.
Roma are not involved in the league race this season, but they hope to finish in the top-three in Serie A. With eight games left to play, they are 18 points leaders Juventus, and it can be said that their domestic campaign has been underwhelming.
However, they have exceeded expectations in Europe, and have made it to the last-eight for the first time since 2007-08. In the last round, Roma claimed an away-goal win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Barcelona and Roma recently faced each other in the group stage of the 2015-16 competition. Going into the game, Roma must be aware that their last trip to Nou Camp ended in a 6-1 defeat. The reverse leg resulted in a 1-1 draw.
Barcelona vs AS Roma – Match Facts
The hosts are undefeated in their last nine games in the competition.
On the road, Roma have won only four of their last 12 games in all competitions.
Barcelona have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine appearances in Champions League.
Barcelona vs AS Roma – Team News
Lucas Digne and Sergi Samper are doubts for the hosts, and Philippe Coutinho is ineligible to play.
The visitors are expected to be without Radja Nainggolan and Rick Karsdorp.
Barcelona vs AS Roma – Match Odds
The hosts are huge favourites to win, and they are available at their best odds of ¼ at Betfred. We are backing a Barcelona win as our prediction in this game.
A draw is available at 6/1 odds at Bet365, and a Roma win can get you 14/1 odds at the same bookmaker.
Barcelona vs AS Roma – Correct Score Odds
We are backing the Catalans to pick up a 3-0 win in the first leg. Our prediction is available at the best odds of 7/1 at BetVictor.
Barcelona vs AS Roma – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Lionel Messi is the obvious favourite to score, and he is available at his best odds of 4/7 at BetVictor. We are backing Luis Suarez as our prediction, and the Uruguayan is available at 7/10 odds at the same bookmaker.
For the visitors, Edin Dzeko is available at 39/10 odds at Unibet.
Barcelona vs AS Roma – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We expect a minimum of three goals in the game, and thus, we are backing over 2.5 goals as our prediction in this market. This bet is available at the best odds of 4/9 at Bet365.