Roma vs Barcelona preview, betting tips and prediction: The Blaugrana have one foot in the semi finals already

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Barcelona travel to Italy for the second leg of their Champions League quarter final tie on Tuesday evening, but their clash with Roma is little more than a formality at this point. Ernesto Valverde’s side hardly put in a vintage display in the first leg last week, but they established a 4-1 lead. Roma can count themselves unlucky; they had a game plan and executed it well early on, but two own goals by Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, added to by Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez, meant the game got away from them. Lionel Messi was not at the forefront in this game, while Suarez missed a number of chances before eventually netting his first Champions League goal. Valverde’s tactics were questionable, too, setting up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Sergi Roberto on the left. Ousmane Dembele’s absence meant Barça lacked much spark throughout.

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They will be hoping for a better performance at the Stadio Olimpico, but in truth it is hard to see a way back for Roma despite Edin Dzeko grabbing an away goal in the closing stages. It may not have been vintage Messi last week, and Barcelona will need to pick up in the semi finals, but they are certainly contenders to win a fifth European crown in 12 years. We expect them to ease to another win here. Don’t miss Coral free bets on this game!

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Barcelona were again inspired by Messi as they equalled LaLiga’s record for games unbeaten by beating Leganes on Saturday evening. They have only lost once in all competitions since August and have the best defensive record in the Champions League this season.

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Roma saw their Champions League qualification hopes dented by a 2-0 home defeat to Fiorentina on Saturday, but they remain third in Serie A.

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Barcelona have no fresh injury concerns, but Roma will start Radja Nainggolan after the Belgian midfielder missed the first leg.

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