Roma v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 30, 2018
Stadio Olimpico - Champions League
Liverpool head to Rome this weekend, with Jurgen Klopp's side already having one foot in the Champions League final after their 5-2 first leg win.
Liverpool won the first leg 5-2 in the most recent meeting, their most recent meeting was in the group stages of the 2001-02 Champions League.
The Reds won 2-0 at home, thanks to goals from Emile Heskey and Jari Litmanen, and drew 0-0 away. They also famously contested the 1984 European Cup Final, with Liverpool winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Klopp has concerns over four of his first team ahead of the trip to Italy, with Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and skipper Jordan Henderson all facing fitness tests ahead of the game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Emre can all expected to be out of action until next season for Liverpool.
Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco has only one real injury doubt, with full back Juan Jesus suffering from a thigh problem, however as he is suspended for the final three games of the Serie A season, he may be asked to p[lay through the pain.
Roma v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
This tie had looked dead and buried with ten minutes to go at Anfield a week ago, with Liverpool 5-0 up. However late goals for Roma from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti have increased the nerves for Klopp's side and his supporters.
The German will not be as open tactically as he is at home, and may well opt for a more defensively minded midfield, with Dutch international Gigi Wijnaldum playing a deeper role alongside Henderson and James Milner.
Roma will have to come out of the traps earlier if they are to cause an upset, and that will leave them vulnerable at the back, and against the in-form Mo Salah, that is a real danger.
Given the fact that Roma have to chase the game, and the knowledge that Liverpool are an effective counter attacking unit, this game should contain goals - a both teams to score bet is at 4/11.
The Italian side are strong at home, losing just four times in all competitions an home soil in 2018, they could have enough to sneak a win, priced a 6/4t, but if that is enough to seal a place in the final is a different matter.
Roma to win 2-1 at 9/1
The sense in this game is that the damage is already done for Roma, despite that late rally at Anfield, but they will put up a fight at home. Liverpool head into this game knowing that if they keep their wits about them, even a narrow loss, will secure a first European final since 2007.
Mo Salah to score first at 10/3
The Egyptian international shocked his old team by scoring twice in the first leg, and Klopp shows no sign of resting his star man, despite the nature of the tie. He is still chasing the Premier League Golden Boot, and Andy Cole's 34 goal domestic record, so he will want to keep sharp.