Roma v Real Madrid Preview

February 15, 2016 | By

BetVictor Free BetsUEFA Champions League Last 16, First Leg action on Wednesday night comes from the Stadio Olimpico and features Roma versus Real Madrid.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BT Sports Europe High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Roma v Real Madrid Preview, Champions League, Last 16, Wednesday 17th February 2016

Roma finished in second place of their group on 6pts to qualify for the knock out stages of the tournament and only managed to secure that qualification place on goal difference over Bayer Leverkusen who also finished the group on 6pts.

Barcelona coasted the group going through as clear winners on a massive 14pts and that sort of gap between Barcelona and Roma does tend to show that the hosts will need to be at their very best in this first leg to stand any real chance of progressing through to the next round.

Real Madrid also came through their group as the clear winners on an impressive 16pts, the only blip in their record being a 0-0 draw away against runners up PSG, but with having scored 19 goals and conceding just 3, those stats surely put them as clear favourites to advance through the next round of this competiton.

However, Real Madrid fans will still be cautious about this match despite being installed as the clear favourites as the last time Real Madrid played in Italy, they came away defeated when going down 2-1 against Juventus and Roma will obviously be hoping that history can repeat itself come Wednesday night.

Roma Team News:

The hosts will be without the services of Capradossi for this match as he continues to receive treatment for a knee problem.

There are also doubts over De Rossi, Torosidis and Totti and all three players will under take a late fitness test to see if either of them will be available. Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah look the most likely to lead the attack up front for the hosts, but both Falque and Totti will also be pushing for a start.

Real Madrid Team News:

The visitors have almost a full squad available for this first leg encounter but will be missing both Abner (knee) and Bale (calf) who are recovering from respective injury related problems.

Both Marcelo and Pepe are doubts, but will under take a late fitness test to see if either of them can be available. Ronaldo and Benzema will lead the attack up front for the visitors which will no doubt make for a very uncomfortable evening for the Roma defence.

Roma v Real Madrid Head to Head Statistics:

Wednesday night’s game from the Olimpico Stadium will become the eleventh meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Roma have won five times, compared to Real Madrid having won just the four with the remaining match finishing all square.

18/07/15 ICC Real Madrid – Roma 0 : 0 (P)
30/07/14 ICC Real Madrid – Roma 0 : 1
05/03/08 UCL Real Madrid – Roma 1 : 2
19/02/08 UCL Roma – Real Madrid 2 : 1
17/12/04 UCL Roma – Real Madrid 0 : 3

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

25 Goals have been scored in the previous 10 matches played between the two clubs over the years, which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.50.

12 of those Goals have came in the previous 4 games played between the two clubs at the Olimpico Stadium and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of 3.00.

Looking at both sets of data above, it does seem to suggest that we should see between two or three goals scored in this game on Wednesday night.

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Roma v Real Madrid Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Roma: L W W W W

Real Madrid: W D W W W

Real Madrid have a slight advantage in the recent form statistics having won four and drawn one of their previous five matches played, compared to Roma who have won four and lost one of their previous five matches played.

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Roma v Real Madrid Match Betting Odds Market

Roma have been playing this season on the domestic front and with home advantage the hosts obviously have a chance to win this game on Wednesday night although for me their current best price available of 7/2 with Coral – Deposit £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets For New Customers, does look a bit on the short side considering who their opponents are.

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Roma v Real Madrid Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

An interesting game this and one that many people will immediately be having down as an away win for Real Madrid, however if we look a bit closer at the history between the two clubs over the years, it does show Roma having a slight advantage overall having won five times, compared to Real Madrid’s four, so I think the hosts certainly have a chance of causing a bit of an upset on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid came through their group without really coming out of second gear as their group statistics show and with a strike force that every manager around the world can dream of, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Real Madrid will score goals in this game.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this match is going to be for Real Madrid to Win as the Spanish giants have too much firepower in their side for Roma to be able to contain them over the 90mins and although I do think the hosts might snatch one goal in this game, I think the visitors will score at least a couple if not more.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip is going to be for Karim Benzema to open up the goal scoring for the visitors as he has been in a rich vein of form lately and with numerous world class individuals around him, he will surely get plenty of chances at the Roma goal.

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