Liverpool sit with one foot in the finals of the Champions League finals after a 5-2 win in the first leg semifinal at Anfield. But Roma will take a lot of positives into the second leg at their own backyard having scored twice to give them a chance in the tie. Moreover, they undone Barcelona by overturning a similar deficit. So, we are in for another thrilling encounter.
First let’s look at how Roma can get to the finals? A win with 3 goals margin without conceding 2 goals will see them through, this refer to the score-lines 3-0 and 4-1. The Roma win with same 5-2 ft score take the game to extra time and penalties. If Liverpool scores 3, then Roma must win here by at least 4-goal difference.
Roma Team News
Rick Karsdorp is the only player sidelined for Eusebio Di Francesco.
Changes are expected both in personal and tactics to cope with Liverpool high pressing game.
Roma Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Alisson – Florenzi, Fazio, Manolas, Kolarov – Nainggolan, Rossi, Strootman – Perotti, Under, Dzeko.
Liverpool Team News
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is the latest addition to Liverpool injury list. The England international was taken off after 18 minutes in the first leg at Anfield.
Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Joel Matip are on the sidelines since a while.
Meanwhile there are fitness concerns over Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Alexander-Arnold. However, the trio is expected to see through full 90 minutes at Rome.
Liverpool Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Karius – Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold – Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum – Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Roma vs Liverpool Key Stats
Roma are unbeaten at home in Champions League this season with 4 wins and 1 draw. They are yet to concede a goal during this period.
The Giallorossi had successfully overturned first leg defeats in the previous two knockout rounds to reach the semifinals. Highlight is the 3-0 win against Barcelona in the last round after going down 4-1 at the Camp Nou.
Liverpool are unbeaten in Champions League this term starting from the play-off fixture against Hoffenheim – 9 wins and 4 draws from 13. Their away record is 4 wins and 2 draws from 8
The Reds scored 3 or more goals on 8 occasions, 3 of them on the road.
Roma vs Liverpool: Head-to-head
Liverpool have a head-to-head record of 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 6 meetings with AS Roma.
They are unbeaten in two visits to Rome with a draw and win and clean sheets in both games.
The 5-2 win at Anfield last week is their first meeting that saw more than 2 goals.
Roma vs Liverpool: Prediction
We must expect Roma to respond in the same way as they did to Barcelona in the quarterfinals. Liverpool defense is not the best in the world, so the hosts have a chance to get closer to the deficit.
Unlike their previous opponents, Liverpool present substantial threat to Roma defense. So, it is almost impossible to keep the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino from scoring.
Therefore punters must concentrate on picks from the goal markets.