Edin Dzeko The Danger To Liverpool As Roma Look For Champions League Comeback

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 7.45pm - Roma v Liverpool

We’ve been here before haven’t we? The Champions League has reinvigorated interest after producing some of the most exciting games in recent memory within the knock-out stages of the competition.

  • Roma have no conceded a goal at home in the Champions League this season
  • No team has scored more goals in the Champions League this season than Liverpool - 38

Liverpool’s 5-2 win at Anfield was the best that football could offer last week. Blistering pace, attack, then a brief experimentation in capitulation for the Reds, as Euseubio di Francesco’s Roma were left looking lost, cut open and bleeding, then and a half-attempt at mounting a comeback.

Roma v Liverpool Outright 2nd Leg Win Odds - Click to Bet

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7/5 29/20 6/4 6/4 31/20 6/4 31/20 7/5
6/4 8/5 6/4 31/20 13/8 6/4 31/20 17/10
11/4 11/4 27/10 11/4 3 3 13/5 3

*Odds correct as of 22nd May, 14:12. Odds are subject to change.


A fantastic performance from the Reds provides them with a well-deserved lead to hold onto, or hopefully even improve upon, as they journey to the Stadio Olimpico for the second leg of the semi-finals. Those expecting a similar overall goal haul can find four of more goals within the match at Evens with Ladbrokes.

In the interceding Premier League fixture, a surprisingly strong Liverpool first team could only muster a dull 0-0 against a poor and seemingly Championship-bound Stoke side at the weekend. Roma on-the-other-hand managed a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Chievo Verona in the weekend’s precursor at the Studio Olimpico.

At home, Roma have the fifth best home record put of them teams in Serie A and currently occupy third in the table and the loss in England marked the Giallorossi’s first defeat in five games.

Seemingly ‘out of the blue’, Jurgen Klopp’s number two and ‘brain’ Zeljko Buvac has left Anfield for the foreseeable future, which might suggested that all is not quite well behind the glossy exterior Liverpool usually display on the pitch. Being five ahead, the relative comfort and virtual guaranteed passage to the Final, Roma shellshocked the Anfield faithful whose knowledge of Roma’s recent prestige for overturning deficits must have been fresh.

Whilst a margin of three goals would be considered ideal in most Champions League situations, it’s the missed chance of making it all but sealed with, once again, Liverpool’s defensive frailties once again exposed.

For any chance to get to the final, Roma will really need to get out of the gate early, and for them to be ahead after 15 minutes is offered at 5/1 with both Coral and Ladbrokes. But could they in fact produce the impossible again? Roma are incredibly short at 13/5 with Coral to get three of more goals, and 9/1 with bet365 to qualify. Both teams are at similar prices to just win the match; around 6/4. Roma are currently best at 8/5 with betfred to just take the game.

Roma forward Stephan El Shaarawy scored at the weekend to cap off a very decent game and could produce a similar performance if Eusebio Di Francesco decides to opt for him in a starting berth. He was an unused substitute in the first leg, and can be found a 2/1 (Betfred) to score anytime against Liverpool. Radja Nainggolan was also stand-out in Saturday’s fixture in a strong starting line-up and the Belgian now has three assists in his last two games. However, the favourite to back is a familiar face.

Edin Dzeko has once again been doing what he does best and secured a brace against Chievo. As an anytime goalscorer he is only behind Mohamed Salah, at Evens, after getting the first of the two goals that shocked the Kop. As last scorer- he goes out to 9/2 with betfair. Dzeko to score with a Roma win is 9/4 (Boylesports).

Liverpool’s Salah himself followed up his man of the match winning performance in Europe by promptly missing the most glaring of chances at the weekend, dinking it over and wide by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland. Backing a draw with a -1 handicap to Roma sound sensible. This can be found best at 4/1 with betfair.

We are at the point of almost finding out conclusively who will take to the stage in Kiev at the end of May for a chance to win the most illustrious trophy in club football. Whatever happens in Rome on Tuesday, Roma have written themselves into the collective consciousness with their heroics against Barcelona in the Quarter-Finals and have done extremely well to reach the last four for the first time in almost 35 years.

Liverpool should however take the tie which such a large haul at Anfield, and even a moderate loss will take them through.

Roma v Liverpool Anytime Scorer Odds - Click To Bet

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4/6 8/11 3/4 3/4 4/6 3/4 7/10 13/20
11/10 11/10 21/20 21/20 4/5 21/20 21/20 10/11
15/8 15/8 17/10 17/10 7/5 17/10 13/8 29/20
2 2 7/4 7/4 8/5 7/4 7/4 29/20
2 2 7/4 7/4 15/8 7/4 7/4 29/20
21/10 2 19/10 19/10 7/4 19/10 15/8 13/8
21/10 9/4 9/5 9/5 21/10 9/5 15/8 13/8
12/5 9/4 21/10 21/10 7/4 21/10 2 19/10
12/5 9/4 21/10 21/10 7/4 21/10 2 19/10
2 2 7/4 7/4 8/5 7/4 13/8 29/20
12/5 5/2 2 2 - 2 2 19/10
7/2 7/2 3 3 - 3 3 16/5
7/2 7/2 3 3 5/2 3 3 16/5
11/4 3 5/2 5/2 21/10 5/2 11/4 23/10
10/3 3 14/5 14/5 3 14/5 11/4 13/5
5 6 4 4 4 4 9/2 4
9/2 5 7/2 7/2 15/4 7/2 4 19/5
6 7 5 5 11/2 5 6 11/2
7 7 6 6 11/2 6 13/2 7
15/2 7 13/2 13/2 13/2 13/2 13/2 7
5 6 4 4 11/2 4 4 4
15/2 8 13/2 13/2 17/2 13/2 7 7
15/2 8 13/2 13/2 17/2 13/2 15/2 7
17/2 10 7 7 11/2 7 8 10
9 8 8 8 17/2 8 9 10
9 8 8 8 13/2 8 8 10
13/2 7 5 5 10 5 13/2 11/2
13/2 8 9 9 15/2 9 10 10
14 14 12 12 10 12 12 14
14 14 12 12 10 12 12 14
16 14 14 14 - 14 14 14
16 14 14 14 12 14 14 14
18 18 16 16 12 16 16 18
18 18 16 16 10 16 16 18
18 18 16 16 12 16 16 18
20 18 18 18 10 18 16 18
- - 20 20 - 15 - -

*Odds correct as of 22nd May, 14:12. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Tuesday, 1st May 2018
Author: Jack Porter

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