PREVIEW: UCL Round of 16 Second leg – Real Madrid vs AS Roma

Real Madrid lead 2-0 on aggregate when they line-up against Roma in the second leg of the Champions League knockout round of sixteen.

The Los Blancos have end their bad run of results against Italian opponents in European competitions with first leg win at at Stadio Olimpico. The 2 away goals conceded may provide a tough task for the visiting Serie A side.

Roma’s last quarter final appearance in Champions League was in 2007/08, getting past Real Madrid by winning both legs by the same 2-1 score line. Luciano Spalletti, who was their head-coach then have a tough job at Bernebeu, a ground where not many have come and return with a win.

Form Comparison

Real Madrid are unbeaten in this season’s Champions League and have won 6 out of their 7 matches. They have scored 21 goals so far, the most by any team in the tournament so far.

Real’s 1-0 loss to Atletico on 27th February was their first defeat in 14 matches in all competitions. They are extremely strong in their home games, but lost to both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at home this season and failed to score in each of them.

Madrid are firing all Cylinders at the moment, they have scored 11 goals in their last three home games and have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 Champions League match.

Roma were second in their group which included Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen, but managed only one win in the tournament so far.

They are coming into this match in good form after winning 7 of their last 8 matches in all competitions. The only defeat was the one against Real in the first leg. It has to be noted that their previous defeat was against Juventus, which says they struggle against team of high individual quality.

As for now, Roma are in a spectacular form and have won 4 of their last 5 matches, and have won their last 2 away games scoring 3 goals in each of them.

Real News: Team News

Zinedine Zidane has some major injury crisis despite the return of talisman Gareth Bale.

Both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are sidelined due to injury, which means this will be another opportunity for young stars Mateo Kovacic and Casemiro to impress.

Karim Benzema is still out and it may open an opportunity for Borja Mayoral or Jese to start here.

Gareth Bale could start here after coming on as a substitute against Celta Vigo in the weekend, but may not last full 90 minutes.

Real Madrid : Starting Lineup vs Roma (4-3-3)

Navas – Carvajal, Marcelo, Ramos, Varane – Kovacis, Casemiro, Kovacic – Ronaldo, James, Bale.

Roma : Team News

Roma manager Luciano Spalletti could revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation here and welcome Edin Dzeko and Seydou Keita into the starting lineup.

Daniele De Rossi, Ezequiel Ponce, Norbert Gyomber and Elio Capradossi are injured for the Serie A side and confirmed absentees for the trip to Spanish capital.

Roma : Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)

Szczęsny – Digne, Rudiger, Manolas, Florenzi –Naingollan, Keita – Pjanic, El Shaarawy, Salah – Dzeko.

Real Madrid vs Roma : Head-to-Head Stats

Roma have won 3 of their last 5 games against Real Madrid, and Real’s 2-0 win at Rome in first leg is their first win after losing in the three previous encounter in a row.

Real were were knocked out by Roma in the round of 16 of 2007/08 season on 4-2 aggregate, the Serie A team winning both legs 2-1.

The teams were drawn together in the group stages of 2004/05 seasons. Real emerged winners on both occasions by 4-2 at Madrid and 3-0 at Rome.

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