Liverpool v Roma Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 23, 2018
Anfield - Champions League
The Champions League semi-finals are here, and Liverpool host Roma at Anfield in the first leg of what’s set to be a hugely exciting encounter. Both teams upset the odds to reach this stage, and have a golden chance to reach the final.
These teams last met in the group stages of the 2001/02 Champions League, with Liverpool winning the second game 2-0 after a goalless draw in Rome. The Reds also knocked the Italians out of the UEFA Cup the season before that, and beat Roma on penalties to win the European Cup in 1984.
Jordan Henderson is available for the home team after his suspension in the second leg of the quarter-final clash with Manchester City. Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Nathaniel Clyne all miss out for Liverpool though, while Joel Matip is out for the season with a thigh injury.
Visiting boss Eusebio Di Francesco is set to be without Gregoire Defrel and Rick Karsdorp, who’s been out since October with a cruciate injury. Former Premier League player Aleksandar Kolarov is also a doubt after picking up a muscle injury last week.
Liverpool v Roma Preview and Predictions
There’s little doubt that both of these teams would’ve chosen each other if they’d had the chance before the draw. Now it’s up to Liverpool and Roma to each show why their opponents were wrong to underestimate them.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will be desperate to take an advantage into next week's second leg, especially after seeing how Roma performed against Barcelona in the return fixture of their quarter-final. Letting a two-goal lead slip against relegation certainties West Brom was hardly a good way to prepare for this huge game, but it perhaps showed that Merseyside minds were wandering towards thoughts of European glory.
Liverpool start this game as the 4/7 favourites in the betting, as they look to extend their unbeaten run at Anfield. The Reds are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League or Europe on home soil this term, with Roma priced at 28/5 to end that impressive sequence. Newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah is in his first year at Liverpool after leaving Roma, and he goes in search of goals against his former club.
Although the Giallorossi are locked in a top four tussle with Lazio and Inter Milan in Serie A, there’s no doubt the visitors will be full of confidence after their heroics in the last round. A draw would still be a decent result considering the second leg’s still to come at the Stadio Olimpico, with a stalemate available at 7/2.
Salah to score and Liverpool to win at 7/2
The Egyptian has quickly become the Premier League’s standout performer, and he’s in superb form as the season reaches what could be a thrilling climax for the Reds if Salah has another big game on Tuesday.
Edin Dzeko to score first at 7/1
Former Manchester City striker Dzeko has the tools to trouble the hosts’ rearguard, and if you think the Bosnian will score the only goal of the game, then the odds on that are 80/1.