It’s time for one of the most dramatic matches this Champions League edition has to offer as AS Roma host Manchester City for the right to decide who join Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the competition. There wouldn’t have been so much at stake for this match had Roma kept their eyes open in the CSKA match and kept their lead until the final whistle. Instead they started celebrating way too quickly and ended up conceding a late equalizer.
Manchester City’s win against Bayern Munich prompted them to success in Premier League, where they keep the pressure on Chelsea by trailing behind them by three points. The Citizens received a heavy blow in the Everton win because they lost Sergio Aguero to injury and it might be months before the striker will be able to return. Toure is suspended and Kompany, Silva and Jovetic are all under doubt. James Milner insisted that: “Losing a player like Sergio will be a big miss for us. Hopefully he’ll be back sooner rather than later, but Edin coming back is a positive, and he’s a fantastic goalscorer.”
Roma’s chances for qualification have not been hurt by the two defeats against Bayern, like many say, but by that late equalizer against a team whose squad is not even half as good as Roma’s. CSKA might not have had a Totti, but Doumbia is the one to slay both Roma and City in the group stage. Roma can qualify only in the event of a goaless draw and if they win provided CSKA lose at Allianz Arena. The Giallorossi come from a 2-2 draw against Sassuolo, but they rested a few key players. Rudi Garcia welcomed Strootman back, all this while Castan will be out for the rest of the season due to a brain surgery he had this week.
Ljajic, Totti and Gervinho should make up Roma’s attacking line if they want their qualification chances increased. Gervinho believes in his team’s qualification chances considering his team are unbeaten at home and in the last five matches they only conceded 4 goals. Manchester City would have to be at the top of their form if they are to work around missing Kompany who has been both a captain and a leader.
A Roma win has 2.50 odds, a Man City one 2.87 and both teams to score has 1.57 odds. The headline offers for both teams have the same odds from William Hill: both Totti to score and Roma to win with Dzeko to score and City to win has 5.00 odds. Manchester City for both halves has 4.60 odds, AS Roma 4.00 and we’re going to bet 7 units on the Citizens to score in the first half with 2.15 odds from the same bookie.
AS Roma: Team’s Formation
Manchester City: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Man City to score in the first half