Atletico Madrid v Roma Predictions & Betting Odds – 22nd November 2017

Italians to hold their own at the Metropolitano

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Shaarawy Florenzi (Roma)

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This has been such a good group to watch. Surprisingly it is down to desperate times now for Atletico Madrid who needs a win to keep their qualification hopes alive. But they won’t get an easy game against the Italians in this fixture. Roma destroyed Chelsea in the last round of fixtures and that has put them in the driving seat in the group and all that they need out of this trip to Spain is a draw. Will they be able to pull it out and eliminate Atleti at the same time? The pressure is really on now.

Atletico Madrid v Roma Betting Tips

Atletico Madrid are in a spot of bother. They have yet to win in the group stage so far and they really have to bust one out in this one to stay in contention for a top two place. On match day one they went to Rome and played out a 0-0 draw and they played out a 0-0 draw in their big La Liga derby clash with Real Madrid on the weekend. Their goal output has not quite been good enough this season and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is the likely way to swing in this one at a price of 8/11. Atletico Madrid go in this game in third place in Group C, four points behind second placed Chelsea who they meet on Match Day Six at Stamford Bridge. At home in the group so far, they suffered a dramatic and traumatic late loss against Chelsea and then played out a 1-1 raw with Karabakh. Atletico have netted just get two goals in their four games.

In the bet365 correct score market an Atletico Madrid, 1-0 win is a price of 11/2 and how badly they need that. Antoine Griezmann is the 21/20 anytime goalscorer favourite for the game and they need him to have a big night up front. Before this season’s meeting, Atletico did win the previous two meetings against Roma, back in the 1998/99 UEFA Cup quarter finals. Their loss against Chelsea in the group ended an 11 match unbeaten streak of European form at home (W9 L2) and this is a side who won five of their six home games in last season’s group. Their switch to their new home of the Estadio Metropolitano hasn’t gone well as they are looking for their first European win there and that is after winning 30 of their last 36 European games at the Calderon. AtlĂ©tico’s home record against teams from Italy is W7 D0 L3 and their most recent home game against an Italian side was Juventus in the 2014/15 group stage, which they won 1-0.

Roma just need a draw to book their place in the next round of the competition and if Chelsea doesn’t beat Karabakh while the Italians win in Spain, then Roma win the group. The Italians have a W4 D3 L7 away from home against Spanish opposition. Away from home in their group stage campaign, they recorded a 2-1 victory at Karabakh before playing out that rip-roaring 3-3 draw at Chelsea. From the evidence of what they have shown so far, they will be competitive in this one and they look to be on the up. Their win at Karabakh incidentally was their first win in eight games in the Champions League home and away and that was including qualifying as well. They have won just three of the last 19 games in the competition though. Also before that win at Karabakh, they are on a ten match winless streak away from home in the competition. Roma are currently on a six match winning streak in all competitions and have picked up four points during that sequence. They are 6/1 at bet365 to win to nil in this one. Keeper Allison has kept seven clean sheets in 12 Serie A games this season. Edin Dzeko is a 6/4 anytime goalscorer option for the game.

Atletico Madrid v Roma Betting Odds

Atletico Madrid 17/20, Draw 12/5, Roma 16/5

Atletico Madrid v Roma Predictions

Roma have to be good for a point to this one. That’s all they need and they get an easy finish against Karabakh on match day six with which to try and win the group. Atletico Madrid haven’t been at their best in Europe this season and may not have the goals in them to be able to see off a good Roma side.