Barcelona to Capitalize in Quarterfinals vs. AS Roma

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Alex Campean

Monday, April 2, 2018 4:09 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 2, 2018 4:09 PM UTC

Lionel Messi and company are favored in Wednesday's first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, while Liverpool and Manchester City meet in a highly anticipated game. 

Champions League: Best Betting Predictions and TipsBarcelona vs. AS Roma

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La Liga leader Barcelona was lucky to land AS Roma in the quarterfinals draw, avoiding a tough opponent such as Real Madrid, Manchester City or Bayern Munich. The hosts are nine points clear at the top of the La Liga table and it’s only a matter of time until they will win another domestic title. They are obviously aiming to win the Champions League by resting superstar Lionel Messi in the other competitions, as they want him to be fully fit against AS Roma on Wednesday.

Barcelona has been impressive at home this season, winning 23 of 25 matches in front of their fans, and remain the only unbeaten team in Europe in all competitions. They are priced very low as the bookmakers believe they have a huge chance to take an important lead before the second leg away in Italy. They’ve scored three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 home games in all competitions, so their fans expect another attacking approach.

AS Roma has been very inconsistent all season, having huge ups and downs and struggling to win against big names or earn positive results on the road. We expect them to have the same fate against Barcelona and lose the first from halftime. Barcelona’s players look very determined to win the trophy for the first time since 2015, and they are the favorites to go all the way and earn the trophy, being priced at +275 with BetVictor on the soccer odds board. With your soccer picks, betting on Barcelona to win this game offers little return, but we expect them to dominate this clash from the start and make their match easier by finding the back of the net from the first half.

Best pick for the match: Barcelona to win HT/FT at 1.75 with Pinnacle.

Extra tip: Lionel Messi to score over 1.5 goals in the match at +220 with WilliamHill.

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Liverpool vs. Manchester City

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This is by far the most anticipated clash in the Champions League quarterfinals as two top Premier League sides meet Wednesday. The Reds will try to beat the Citizens at Anfield for the second time this season, but Pep Guardiola’s team will try not to repeat the same mistakes from their last head-to-head in January when they lost 4-3 on the road. Manchester City already won a competition this season, the English League Cup, and they are three points away to claim the Premier League title as well, but their biggest ambition is to win the most important European trophy, Champions League.

On the other side, Liverpool is fighting Manchester United for a top-two finish in the EPL, having the second-best attack in their domestic league with 75 goals scored in 32 rounds. Mo Salah is leading the top scorer chart with 29 goals netted in EPL, keeping the record for the best debut season in Liverpool’s history with 37 goals scored in all competitions. On the soccer odds board he is priced at 2.4 with Betfair to find the back of the net at least once.

After a brilliant display of attacking soccer at Goodison Park last weekend against Everton, Guardiola is expected to use the same starting XI and try to revenge the defeat suffered in January against Liverpool. With your soccer picks, we expect a superb match, a high-scoring affair between two attack-minded sides.

Best pick for the match: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at -110 with Coral.

Extra tip: Manchester City to win at +140 with BetVictor.

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