Both Liverpool and AS Roma were not expected to make this far in Champions League. But here they are, and they will go head-to-head in the first leg of their semi-final at Anfield on Tuesday.
The Reds dismantled Premier League champions Manchester City quite easily in the last round, and on paper, they are favourites to make it to the final. Mohamed Salah will lead the Reds’ attack against his former side, and in his current form, he could single-handedly lead his side to a win.
A heavily-rotated Liverpool side could only draw 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion on the weekend. The likes of Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson, Dejan Lovren, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t start against the Baggies, so we expect them to feature in the starting eleven on Tuesday.
Liverpool can’t afford to make the mistake of taking Roma lightly. The Italian side produced one of the greatest comebacks in the recent history of the tournament to beat Barcelona in the last round. Roma had lost the away leg of their quarterfinal 4-1, but they claimed a sensational 3-0 win over the Catalans at home to progress on away goals. Roma are once again set to play the second leg at home, and it can prove to be beneficial for them.
Roma have been quite average in the league this season and are not assured of a Champions League spot yet. However, they come into this game following back-to-back wins over Genoa and Spal.
We expect the Merseysiders to attack from the kick-off, but they would be mindful to not concede an away goal.
Liverpool vs AS Roma – Match Facts
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 14 games in the competition.
Seven of Liverpool’s last eight games in the competition have ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Roma find themselves in the last-four of Champions League for the first time since 1984.
Liverpool vs AS Roma – Team News
Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Emre Can are expected to miss the game for the Reds. Nathaniel Clyne is also a doubt.
Rick Karsdorp and Gregoire Defrel are set to miss out for the visitors.
Liverpool vs AS Roma – Match Odds
The Reds are huge favourites to win the first leg, and they are available at their best odds of 5/9 at Unibet. We expect the Reds to claim a win at Anfield.
A draw is available at 18/5 odds at BetVictor, and a Roma win can get you 11/2 odds at Bet365.
Liverpool vs AS Roma – Correct Score Odds
We expect both sides to score in the game, and we are going for a 3-1 win for the Reds in the correct score market. Our prediction is available at the best odds of 21/2 at BetVictor.
Liverpool vs AS Roma – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Mohamed Salah is the obvious favourite to score in the game, and you can back him at his best odds of ¾ at Unibet. The Egyptian has been a quite reliable bet this season, and we are once again backing him as our prediction in this game. Roberto Firmino also looks like a good option at 11/8 odds at BetVictor.
For the visitors, Edin Dzeko is available at 13/5 odds at Unibet.
Liverpool vs AS Roma – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We expect at least three goals in the game, and thus, we are backing over 2.5 goals as our prediction. This bet is priced at the best odds of 4/7 at Bet365.