Can Manchester City do it? That is the big question ahead of Tuesday evening. An away goal for Liverpool will surely end any possible chance of a dramatic comeback but supporters will be hoping that Pep Guardiola’s men can do the unthinkable.
In the other fixture, Roma face an even tougher task. Reversing a 4-1 aggregate score against Barcelona is never easy – that one is as good as done and dusted already. Read below for our thoughts on this week’s Champions League action…
MANCHESTER CITY vs Liverpool
Pep’s side need a miracle. City were second best for the most part of last week’s first leg at Anfield and Liverpool were good value for their 3-0 victory.
Since that defeat, City were two nil up against United before conceding three goals in the space of 16 minutes in the second half – that result meant that City will have to wait until next weekend to win the title.
The Blues looked much sharper when Sergio Aguero came onto the field and Guardiola HAS to start the Argentina striker here.
With 21 goals in 25 matches for City this season, he is an elite option in attack and is well priced at 33/10 to open the scoring. If Aguero is back at his brilliant best, Liverpool’s defence could be in for a very long night.
But at the other end of the field, Liverpool are ruthless. Jurgen Klopp’s offensive juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down and it would take a brave man to back against Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah on current form.
The visitors are 19/10 to score two or more goals on Tuesday evening and Reds fans will be lapping that price up.
Predicting the outright result in a game like this is difficult. Liverpool will probably sit back and try to expose City on the break – it could be an entertaining contest for neutrals.
Loris Karius was superb against Everton on Saturday afternoon and another solid showing from Liverpool’s goalkeeper could make all the difference in the destiny of this double header.
TIP: Man City to win and both teams to score @ 29/20
CORRECT SCORE: Man City 2-1 Liverpool (Priced at 8/1 with 888sport)
AS Roma vs FC BARCELONA
Roma do tend to score on home soil and I can see the Italian side creating a few clear-cut opportunities against this Barcelona defence.
The La Liga outfit are still dominant on home soil but they are prone to making mistakes away from Camp Nou – Roma’s price of 4/11 to score at least once is certainly worth considering.
Roma have won just seven of their previous 15 fixtures in all competitions though and it is hard to put too much faith in Eusebio Di Francesco’s side.
Going up against Europe’s top clubs is always hard but Barcelona are in that elite bracket; this is a step too far. This is an ideal chance to restore some pride after the first leg and I expect a closer contest.
But Lionel Messi and co will not fall short in their pursuit of a semi-final berth. The hard work has already been done and Barcelona should be able to coast through this one.
Still, the Argentina man will want to steal a few headlines away from Cristiano Ronaldo and the 4/1 for Messi to score a brace is worth a second glance.
Barcelona probably aren’t going to head to Rome and score four or five goals but there is always a danger when Messi and co are involved.
For me, the soon-to-be La Liga champions will know that the job is done and they may sneak this one by the odd goal. 23/20 for Barca to win by two goals or less is well worth taking.
TIP: Barcelona to win by 2 goals or less @ 23/20
CORRECT SCORE: Roma 1-3 Barcelona (Priced at 11/1 with 888sport)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*