Champions League football is finally upon us for the 2015-16 season. Tuesday and Wednesday, the standard match days as per usual, mark the beginning of the majority of football fans’ favorite competition. The big derby of the first round of matches was Manchester City vs Juventus, which Juventus claimed 1:2 in what was a thrilling contest.
Day two of the first round brings a lot of seemingly one sided matchups, and we’ve chosen AS Roma vs Barcelona as our featured match for the day. This matchup in particular is interesting due to the playstyles of both teams. They prefer explosive, open and attacking football. This is what many fans, especially neutrals, look for when two teams meet in any competition.
Roma have commenced to rise from the ashes. They were considered a top European club, years back, but then followed a period which turned them into a shadow of their former image.
The team’s latest performances indicate that they are back on the right path to success; they’ve has certainly retained most of its former strength. Seria A has been Juventus’ championship for the past four years. Last year, Roma proved to be their greatest challenger, ending up 2nd on the league table. This year though, they look an even bigger threat, as they beat the champions 2:1 on match day 2 of the Seria A.
Will Rudi Garcia manage to take Roma back to their winning days? Will they be a serious contender for the Seria A title come the end of the season? Those are questions which puzzle and excite many fans. They are certainly a force to be reckoned with, and given their current form; no team should take them lightly.
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Current title defenders of the Champions League, Copa del Rely and LIGA BBVA, arguably one of the strongest teams to ever exist, has successfully undertaken another season under Luis Enrique.
Looking back at the very start of the season, FC Barcelona got off to a terrible start, by conceding four goals to Athletic Bilbao and eventually losing the Spanish Super Cup finals. As league football began, though, the Catalans were right back on track to where everyone expected them to be. Top of the league table already, with 9 points out of 3 games, they are looking at strong as ever.
Barcelona is coming off a victory against one of their fearsome rivals – Atletico Madrid. Lucho’s men will be looking to continue their winning streak ahead of Round 1 of the Champions League, and by the looks of it, there is nothing stopping them.
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Individually, both teams are performing very well in their respective leagues. When compared directly, there is only one honest answer to the question of which team outclasses the other, and that is Barcelona.
The fearsome trio of Neymar, Messi and Suarez is looking unstoppable time and time again, and although Roma is a force to be reckoned with, the Catalans should come out as the winners of this match at odds of 1.60 or 3/5.
We recommend taking a different approach on this game. Betting straight up on the winner is obvious, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out, no matter the teams in question. Roma and Barcelona are known for playing open football which results in goal fests more often than not.
As strong as a team Barcelona is, their defense is far from impenetrable, as we’ve witnessed over the years. A good value bet for this game to look into is both teams to score, at odds of 1.80 or 4/5.
A bet in similar vein, but highly riskier, is betting on both teams to score in the first half, at odds of 4.4 or 17/5. Be advised that this bet is a high risk and high reward, and you should really stake money on it in low amounts, or simply tie the bet with other matches in order to multiply your odds.
As always, good luck and have fun on your betting endeavors.