Real Madrid might top Group G on goal difference from Roma, however they come into this clash off the back of a 3-0 loss to Eibar on the weekend and a crisis. This is a must win for Real if they are going to get the fans back on side and if they are going to top the group. Form Labs previews the match with their betting tips and if you are looking for some enhanced odds then check out our massive selection for the game.
Roma Struggling On The Domestic Front
Roma aren’t enjoying the best of seasons domestically, but while they’ve kept pace with Real Madrid in the Champions League, they’ve done so courtesy of winning their games against much weaker outfits Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow. However, they may have gone just W2-D1-L5 on their travels in this tournament since the start of last season, but at the Stadio Olimpico they’ve excelled as they’ve won seven of eight unbeaten games over that same period. The exception was a stalemate against the dogged Atletico, while they kept clean sheets in all but one of those victories. Liverpool set a new record for goals in a single Champions League campaign last term and were the only side to net against them, and it’s not as though they’ve had it easy with wins over Barca and Chelsea during this spell too.
Real Madrid In Crisis?
Although that defensive record is impressive, Los Blancos have recovered well under Santiago Solari from a dire period of form until their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Eibar this weekend. They’ve netted 15 times across five matches since the Argentine took over from Julen Lopetegui, though it’s not quite as impressive as a first glance would suggest. Four of them were plundered against third-tier outfit Melilla in the Copa del Rey, five came against whipping boys of the group Victoria Plzen (no one has conceded more in this seasons’ Champions League), while another four came against Celta Vigo (only the bottom two have conceded more goals in La Liga prior to the weekend action).
Real have injury problems at the back with Dani Carvajal and Marcelo having only just returned to training, while Nacho Fernandez and Casemiro are definitely out. While Solari has Raphael Varane back from injury and has successfully introduced a new pair of full-backs into the team, Casemiro is a huge loss – especially after Mateo Kovacic was loaned out to Chelsea after struggling for game time over the past few seasons. Fringe players like him were relied upon to make a contribution when needed in previous years gone by, such as former players Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Danilo, but Real’s depth is no longer quite so handsomely well-endowed and Roma will fancy their chances of getting at their backline in the absence of their defensive shield.
Roma v Real Madrid Betting Tips
Despite Italian football lagging behind the continents elite in recent times, Spanish teams are just W5-D14-L9 away to Italian sides in the Champions league since 2007/08, while even restricting this to just Barcelona and Real Madrid’s results, it’s still only W4-D10-L7 over this period. Given Real are yet to prove their recovery is complete, the Romans appear profitable on the double chance.
Roma Double Chance At 1.86
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