Roma vs Man City Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Roma vs Man City | Wednesday 10 December, 2014 | Stadio Olimpico | 19.45
The final group stage clash between Manchester City and Roma could be crucial in deciding which side will take second place in the table and progress to the last 16.
Currently Bayern Munich are the only Group E club to have guaranteed a spot in the knockout round, with the other three teams equal on five points.
City’s only victory so far in the competition was against Munich last time out where Sergio Aguero score a hat-trick as the British club made a late surge to take the three points. Manuel Pellegrini’s team will now need a win in Rome to keep their European campaign alive, although much is resting on the outcome of Bayern Munich vs CSKA Moscow.
Much to Pellegrini’s dismay, top Premier League goalscorer Aguero suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s victory over Stoke and will be out for several weeks. David Silva and Vincent Kompany remain out due to knee and hamstring injuries and Yaya Toure will join them on the sidelines as he continues to serve a three-match ban.
Luckily for City Fernandinho is looking set to return to midfield and teenager Jose Angel Pozo looks on good form to replace Aguero at the front.
Samir Nasri, who has been increasingly used in place of injured Silva, is confident that City can fight their way through to the next round.
“If we play our game, we will win against Roma,” he said. “The greatest risk is to play with pressure and to have this apprehension.
“If we don’t ask questions, and we play our game, then we will do it. We have more qualities [than Roma].
“If we are eliminated from the Champions League, this is not the fault of the coach it is the players who are on the pitch.”
Roma boss Rudi Garcia has seen his team win seven consecutive Serie A home games this season and is confident ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
Former Arsenal striker Gervinho believes that Roma will be far more relaxed at home which will work in their favour, commenting “City have all the pressure. They are obliged to win. Not Roma. City are in the same period that Chelsea used to be before they won the Champions League. It becomes complex until you win the trophy.
“The trophy their investors expect to win is the Champions League. City have a lot more pressure than us given the expense they have undertaken to create this team.”
Assuming that CSKA lose to Munich, the pressure is on City to beat Roma as a draw will see the Italian side will go through on goal difference.
Roma vs Man City Betting Tips
It’ll be a tense game at the Stadio Olimpico as both sides vie for the three points, but Roma look to have the slight advantage playing at home. Betway has Roma at 7/5 to win while City is just behind at 7/4.
If you’re hoping to back a City victory then 888 Sport has great odds on an away win with Edin Dzeko to score, priced at 4/1.