Barcelona vs Roma Preview
The Spanish giants Barcelona will lock horns with the Italian club AS Roma in the other exciting UEFA Champions League quarterfinal fixture. Camp Nou will host the exciting affair this Wednesday, which is scheduled to begin at 7:45 pm GMT. And, you will be able to watch Barcelona vs Roma Live Stream for free.
The most recent meeting between these two clubs took place in the group stage of 2015/16 UEFA Champions League, where the Catalans hammered the Italians by a merciless 6-1 score-line, courtesy of the stellar hat-trick from the great Lionel Messi.
The Catalans have lifted the Champions League trophy on 5 occasions so far. With an opening triumph in 1992 season, Barcelona went on to win the title for 4 times in 10 years from 2006-2015. Meanwhile, since the 2014/15 Olympiastadion finale win, the Spanish giants haven’t gone past the quarterfinal stage.
However, with a delightful service of Argentine maestro Lionel Messi, the Catalans have performed exceptionally well this season which makes them a serious contender to lift this season’s Champions League trophy.
The hosts had a nervy round of 16 first leg tie against the English club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as Brazilian midfielder, Willian snatched a 62nd minute lead for the Blues. However, the Catalans were back on track with a 75th-minute brace from Lionel Messi which gave them a massive away goal advantage ahead of the second leg.
Despite the anticipation of fighting performance by the Blues at Camp Nou, the Catalans dispatched Chelsea with a 3-0 comfortable win thanks to the double from Lionel Messi, which took him into 100 goals club in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, the Italian club are delighted to be among the last eight. Roma were placed in a tight group which consisted of European juggernauts, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.
However, with the excellent group-stage campaign, Roma topped the group and paved their way into the knockout stages. The resounding knockout stage win places the Italian side into the quarterfinal after the appearance in 2007/08 season, where Manchester United defeated them with a 3-0 aggregate score-line.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s men edged out Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16 tie courtesy of an away goal advantage. Despite a 2-1 away loss in the first leg, Roma managed to topple the opponent by a 1-0 score-line in the home fixture and marched into the quarterfinals showdown.
Roma are looking freshened up after bringing in the younger reinforcements into the side in place of veteran players. Hence, Barcelona vs Roma Live Stream will be so exciting to watch.
Head to Head
Barcelona and Roma have come face to face with each other in 5 occasions so far. The Catalans have a 2-1 win advantage over the Italian rivals.
The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 6-1 empathic win for Barcelona, in the group stage of 2015/16 UEFA Champions League campaign.
Key Players to Watch
The Argentine maestro has netted 6 goals so far in this season’s Champions League campaign and has assisted on two occasions. It has been a real treat to watch Lionel Messi play this season.
Following a rampant league form, the little magician ran through the resilience of English club in the round of 16 tie with 3 goals in two legs.
The scintillating hat-trick against the Italian side in the last head to the head meeting will undoubtedly boost the confidence of world’s best player, as he looks forward to carry on his prolific form.
Edin Dzeko holds a tally of 4 goals in the Champions League campaign which makes him an essential player for the Italian side.
The Bosnian striker scored a 52nd-minute winner against Shakhtar Donetsk in the second leg home tie, which proved enough for La Magica to book their place in the quarterfinals.
Considering his ability to tear down the opponent’s back-line and score eye-catching goals, Dzeko holds a key for the visitors to take a priceless lead at Camp Nou.
The Catalans are facing two injury crisis at the moment. Midfielder Sergio Busquets, who sustained a broken toe back in mid-March, is still recovering from the blow and remains doubtful for the home leg.
Similarly, defender Lucas Digne is sidelined for the game following a latest thigh injury.
The injury to midfielder Cengiz Under blows the visitors, who seems to miss the first leg action at Camp Nou.
Furthermore, manager Di Francesco is still without the service of defender Rick Karsdorp, who suffered a crucial ligament injury back in the end of October, and is looking likely to make a comeback in the mid of April.
Also, a latest muscular injury to star-midfielder Radja Nainggolan could see him miss the all-important quarterfinal showdown.
Barcelona vs Roma Lineup (Predicted XI)
Barcelona Lineup (4-4-2)
GK: Ter Stegen
DEF: Roberto (RB), Pique (RCB), Umtiti (LCB), Alba (LB)
MID: Dembele (RM), Rakitic (RCM), Paulinho (LCM), Iniesta (LM)
FOR: Messi (RS), Suarez (LS)
Roma Lineup (4-3-3)
DEF: Florenzi (RB), Manolas (RCB), Fazio (LCB), Kolarov (LB)
MID: Gerson (RM), De Rossi (CM), Strootman (LM)
FOR: El Shaarawy (RF), Dzeko (CF), Perotti (LF)
Barcelona vs Roma Prediction
Before heading towards Barcelona vs Roma Live Stream, why not predict the scoreline?Barcelona will look all prepared to rattle the visitors courtesy of sublime run at Camp Nou. However, the Italian side will not back down that easy given their joyous Champions League run.
Messi and Co. have been undefeated in the home soil since the 3-1 loss at the hands of Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, back in August 13. The sublime home run across all competition boosts the confidence of the Catalans.
Meanwhile, Roma are not in a mood to halt their splendid momentum as they are undefeated in their last 5 games across all competitions. With the significant service of star-striker Edin Dzeko, the visitors will go all guns blazing against the Spanish giants, in the hopes of getting a valuable away lead.
However, considering the big-game impact of the 5 time winners, we predict a 3-1 comfortable victory for the hosts.
Time for Barcelona vs Roma Live Stream
Following are the kick-off times of the Champions League game across 5 continents:-
Europe (UK) – 7:45 pm, Wednesday
North America (USA) – 2:45 pm, Wednesday
South America (Brazil) – 3:45 pm, Wednesday
Asia (India) – 12:15 am, Thursday
Australia – 4:45 am, Thursday
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