Real Madrid vs. AS Roma / Champions League – This week on the schedule are matches of the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, after which we will find out who are first four quarter-finalists of UEFA’s elite competition. True, everything was resolved in first 90 minutes with first two pairs, especially in this one between Real Madrid and Roma, given that the Madrilenians routinely won at Rome’s Olyimpico 2-0 three weeks ago. However, in the meantime the Wolves raised their form and will surely not surrender in advance, so right because of that we expect a very good and interesting football show at Santiago Barnebeu. Begins: 08.03.2016 – 20:45 CET
Even more as Real Madrid won before the second leg against Roma two great victories in the Spanish championship during last week; winning Levante away 3-1 and Celta at home by even 7-1. Even half of Real’s goal was scored by great Ronaldo, who scored even four against Celta so he will be clearly the biggest threat to the Romans’ goal, while this time he should be accompanied in the top of attack by Jese and recovered Bale.
The two of them scored by once last weekend after coming off the bench, while on the other hand for the third match in a row the second best scorer Benzema was not in the team. He got injured three rounds ago in the match against city rival Atletico, who at the moment has four points more than third Real in La Liga’s standings, while leading Barca has 12 points more. Let’s add that coach Zidane in the meantime lost two standard midfielders, Kroos and Mordic, whose positions should cover now Casemiro and Kovacic.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo – Kovacic, Casemiro, Isco – Bale, Ronaldo, Jese
Just like Real, Roma is in good mood too ahead of the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, but they will have a lot harder job at Santiago Bernabeu given that have minus of two goals from the first match. However, coach Spalleti’s players have won three matches in the championship after losing to the Madrilenians, scoring in the process even 12 and receiving just 2 goals, which indicates that their forwards are more than capable to finally defeat Real’s goalkeeper Naveas on Tuesday evening.
In the Serie A the Romans have again climb at the third position in the standings after seven consecutive victories, where they have five points fewer than Napoli and eight than leading Juventus, so their fans are not without hope for wining Scudetto. However, it is a lot more realistic to expect that will at the end again qualify for the Champions League, especially as they last weekend defeated their direct competitor Fiorentina at home by even 4-1, who now has three points fewer than they. Let’s add that out of action for the match against Real Madrid are from before injured stopper Gyomber and experienced midfielder de Rossi.
Probable lineups AS Roma: Szczesny – Florenzi, Rudiger, Manolas, Digne – Pjanic, Keita, Nainggolan – Salah, Perotti, El Shaarawy
Real Madrid – AS Roma PICK
Given minus of two goal from the first leg it is quite clear that the Romans must play maximally risky and openly at Santiago Bernabeu, but that will in turn leave even more space for Ronaldo and his co-players for fast counter-attacks, so all in all this should be very attractive and efficient match.
Pick: over 3.5 goals
Odds: 2.18 at unibet (down to 2.05 can be played)