Rome v Real Madrid tips – Spaniards will move closer to last eight

Real have stormed into the Champions League knockout stages

Rome v Real Madrid tips – Spaniards will move closer to last eight

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Glen Laidlaw

February 17th, 2016

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Real Madrid have hardly put a foot wrong in this season’s Champions League, only failing to clinch a maximum of eighteen points from their group games thanks to PSG holding them to a draw at the Parc Des Princes.

Nevertheless, sixteen points from their six group matches is no mean achievement and we don’t expect Real Madrid to be slowing down at all when they go head-to-head with Roma this evening. Indeed, despite Zinedine Zidane taking over the managerial hot-seat, the bookies remain extremely confident that the La Liga side will take a huge stride towards a place in the last eight this evening.

Clearly, Roma will be having other ideas, although the Serie A outfit are somewhat fortunate to be in the knockout stages at all, given that they managed just one win from their group games. Their head-to-head record against Bayer leverkusen was their saving grace, the Italians having drawn 4-4 with the Bundesliga side in Germany and beating them 3-2 on home turf.

Can Roma get anything from tonight’s clash? We don’t believe so and the bookies share this view. Real may be the away side but they start this match as firm odds-on favourites with Ladbrokes going 17/20 for a Real victory. Indeed, the Spaniards are having few problems banging in the goals this season with some 23 in their last six outings alone.

Zidane’s appointment appears to have been a rather inspired one and he has certainly led the side to some excellent results, however their away form is slightly less impressive. Nevertheless, we don’t anticipate that they will encounter too many problems from a Roma side which have been less than impressive defensively this season, the Italians conceding sixteen goals in their six group outings, including a 6-1 hammering to Barcelona in November.

With Roma’s defensive frailties and Real’s undoubted prowess in front of goal, we expect the goals to be raining in this evening and as such, we’ll be backing Over 3.5 goals at 13/8 with William Hill. Clearly, all this talk of goals leads us onto goalscorers and we can’t really look past Cristiano Ronaldo, the player having fired in five goals in his last six games. Back Ronaldo to score in a Real win at 2/1 with Ladbrokes.

 

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