Betting Preview: Barcelona v Roma: Back Messi to score

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The diminutive Argentine will be looking to get into the act once again after his majestic display against Chelsea in the previous round

Barcelona host Roma at the Camp Nou for the first leg of their Champions League last eight tie on Wednesday night.

Ernesto Valverde’s men are aiming to reach the semi-finals of Europe's elite competition for the first time since lifting the trophy in 2015. They dispatched Chelsea in the round of 16 as Lionel Messi notched his 100th Champions League goal.

Roma celebrating vs Shakhtar Champions League

With Bet365 , the Blaugrana are clear favourites at (1.22) to claim the glory here having taken LaLiga by storm this season, while they currently hold a nine-point advantage over Atletico Madrid.

Despite defeating Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16, which came after a 2-1 loss on the road in the first leg, Eusebio Di Francesco's side are still massive underdogs at (15.00) due to their away record which is traditionally poor, after just a lone win in 14 outings in their away trips.

A stalemate in this duel at the end of 90 minutes is chalked up at a whooping (7.00) .

Valverde’s charges come into this tie on the back of a 17-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, 11 of which have ended in victory. Their offensive lineup has been greatly praised as much as the defense has been too .

Having kept a clean sheet in 11 of their last 13 fixtures on their own turf, the Spanish team is tipped at (1.83) for such an outcome in this clash.

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Three of last five meetings between these sides has seen three or more goals scored. Thus, it won’t be out of place backing such a result here which is quoted at (1.44) with the same firm.

Considering Barca’s excellent defensive record, along with their lethal attack, backing the Catalan giants to win will certainly bring in cool rewards at odds of (1.95) .

Messi is the current La Liga top goalscorer with 26 goals so far. He  has netted six times so far in this Champions League season, including three against Chelsea in the last 16. Punters cant look towards the Argentine scoring first at (2.87)  and anytime at odds of (1.36) with Bet365 .

Odds are correct at the time of writing. Please, Gamble responsibly.

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