After the enthralling run of competitive group-stage games followed by the eye-catching knockout stages with prolific performances, sensational comebacks and heartbreaking exits, the Champions League season moves towards the last 4 stage. In the first of two semifinals, English side Liverpool will go head to head with Italian rivals Roma this Tuesday night at Anfield. The riveting contest is scheduled to begin at 7:45 pm GMT.
Liverpool enjoyed a mesmerizing quarterfinal stage as they toppled mighty English rivals Manchester City with the both-leg victories. Jurgen Klopp’s men registered a 3-0 win over the Citizens in the home leg by the virtue of the goals from Mohamed Salah, Chamberlain and Sadio Mane. Similarly, the Reds ended City’s possible comeback hopes with a 2-1 win at Etihad in the second leg face-off. Courtesy of the prominent quarterfinal performance, the Merseyside Reds are looking more than worthy of booking their place in the Champions League final.
The home side were involved in a 2-2 crunching draw against West Brom in their last Sunday’s Premier League outing. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s troops are undefeated in last 7 games across all competitions. The solid momentum hands much needed confidence for Liverpool as they are in search of a 6th Champions League triumph.
On the other side, it is safe to say that the Italian Giallorossi are over the moon following a historical comeback win over the mighty Catalans which resulted in a quarterfinals exit for Messi and co. After going down 4-1 in the first-leg at Camp Nou, Roma looked sure to storm out of the European competition. However, by the virtue of a scintillating night at Rome, the Italian side managed a sensational comeback to hand disastrous exit to the five-time Champions League winners.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s men are in a sublime form lately as they have managed two successive win on trot in the Italian Serie A. Roma hammered SPAL by a 3-0 score-line in their last fixture away from home. Following the recent splendid momentum, the Italian underdogs are more than capable of running ragged against the Merseyside club this Tuesday.
The home side will come into this game without the service of Midfielder Emre Can, who has been ruled out of the season following a back injury.
Furthermore, Midfielder Adam Lallana is still recovering from his muscle injury which keeps him away from the semifinal showdown.
In addition, a late thigh injury to defender Joel Matip sees him sidelined for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp will be relieved from the news that midfielder Jordan Henderson, who missed the quarterfinals second-leg due to suspension, is back with the team in the midfield.
The visitors will travel to Anfield without the service of prolific defender Aleksandar Kolarov, who is sidelined from the first leg following a late muscle injury.
Similarly, striker Gregoire Defrel is out of the side due to the sprained ankle.
Meanwhile, defender Rick Kardsdorp is expected to return to the action after being sidelined due to ligament injury for more than 6 months.
Liverpool vs Roma Lineup (Predicted XI)
Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
DEF: Arnold (RB), Lovren (RCB), Van Dijk (LCB), Robertson (LB)
MID: Chamberlain (RM), Henderson (CM), Milner (LM)
FOR: Salah (RF), Firmino (CF), Mane (LF)
Roma Lineup (3-4-3)
DEF: Fazio (RB), Manolas (CB), Jesus (LB)
MID: Florenzi (RM), Nainggolan (RCM), De Rossi (LCM), Strootman (LM)
FOR: El Shaarwy (RF), Dzeko (CF), Schick (LF)
Liverpool vs Roma Prediction
Tuesday’s first-leg fixture will mark the sixth European meeting between these two European heavyweights. Liverpool have a slight edge of 2-1 win in the head to head meetings.
Klopp’s army have performed valiantly in the home turf this season. The scintillating performance against Manchester City in the first-leg of the quarterfinals at Anfield gives huge boosts for the Reds ahead of the semifinal fixture.
Meanwhile, despite termed as the underdogs, Roma showed they rightly deserve to scalp the prestigious European trophy after eliminating one of the contenders in the quarterfinal stage. The Giallorossi will head into this match with a resounding confidence in their bags.
With expected thrilling competitive matchup, Liverpool have a slight edge over the Italian visitors prior to the home-turf advantage. We predict a 2-1 first-leg home victory for the Reds this Tuesday.
Liverpool vs Roma Betting Tips
If you wish to bet on Liverpool vs Roma, there is a high chance of success if you choose Liverpool to put your bet on. In bet365, the odd for Liverpool winning the game is 8/15 and for Roma, it is 11/2.If you wish a draw between them, then you can bet on the draw too. The odds for a draw is 7/2 in the popular betting website bet365.
If you wish to bet on a single player to score, then you can go for salah. His scintillating form shows that he will probably score in this high tempo game. Betting on salah will be a clever choice for you although the odds can be quite low as he is in the high form of his life.