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A tricky first European outing for new Real manager Julen Lopetegui, as last season’s semi-finalists Roma show up to the Bernabeu looking to throw a spanner in the works of the Spanish giants’ bid for a fourth consecutive Champions League. The Real Madrid vs Roma betting tips will obviously favour the hosts, but they’ve not always set the world alight in the group stages, so is there a chance for the visitors to steal a march on their opponents tonight?

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19. September 2018 | 20:00
Football » Champions League

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Both Teams To Score
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Draw HT, Real Madrid FT
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Ramos scores 1st goal
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With the likes of Dzeko, Bale, Benzema and El Shaarawy on show, there is an excellent chance of a high-scoring evening, so picking both teams to score (4/7, Ladbrokes) is a smart move. More interestingly, this game could see-saw between the first and final whistle, and with two top-level sides in action we’d say the Real Madrid vs Roma best odds are the 7/2 Betway are offering on the game being level at half time, but Real managing to ensure the three points when the final whistle goes. For those who like an educated but long-odds punt, we’d recommend BetBright’s 11/1 on home skipper Sergio Ramos scoring first. Sure, he’s a defender, but he takes penalties, and has already slotted two for los Merengues in La Liga this season.

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Real Madrid vs Roma Betting Tips: Form Guide

Same Old Madrid? Not Quite

Prior to the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao, Lopetegui’s side had started the season as well as could have been hoped, with three wins from three and a newly-prolific Karim Benzema leading the line alongside Gareth Bale. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that this is a different Madrid from the one which has won the last three Champions Leagues. First, it doesn’t have Zinedine Zidane in the dugout – which given their recent record in the league isn’t the worst news ever – and secondly, more importantly, this is a Real side without Cristiano Ronaldo.

So far, it hasn’t really mattered. Real have started the season better this time around than they did 2017/18. A 2-0 win over Getafe on the opening night was followed by consecutive 4-1 triumphs at Girona and at home to Leganes. With full points and ten goals in the first three games, Real were matching their Catalan rivals blow for blow. However, the draw at Bilbao did raise a certain spectre. To whom do los Merengues turn when they need someone to change a game? After trailing 1-0 for half an hour, their saviour at the weekend was Isco. A fine player, for sure, but Real have lost one of the world’s most effective footballers. It’s going to take a while for that gap to disappear.

In perhaps the only game they’ve played so far against any team that wouldn’t be considered as 11 glorified training dummies, Real lost 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup against neighbours Atletico. Now, that might not be the most important thing to consider when looking at Real Madrid vs Roma betting tips for today, but it’s worth noting that beating generally mediocre opposition is one thing; if Lopetegui can’t win the big games, he’ll last a season at most.

Giallorossi Off To Shaky Start

Having knocked out Barcelona and pushed Liverpool a long way in this competition, and finished a comfortable third in Serie A last season, Roma have certainly earned their place at Europe’s top table, but you wouldn’t think it to look at their start domestically. They won their first game, at Torino – Dutch winger Justin Kluivert picking out Dzeko for a last-minute headed winner – but since then have underperformed horrendously.

Roma’s first home game saw them receive Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico, and things started well, with Javier Pastore opening the scoring within two minutes. After that, it was less encouraging, as three goals in 20 first-half minutes saw the visitors take a 3-1 lead. The capital side fought back in the second half, finding two goals – the second from Manolas after 82 minutes – to secure a point. However, the following game saw Roma on the wrong end of a late goal, as they fell 2-1 to Milan thanks to a 95th-minute Patrick Cutrone strike.

The weekend just past, meanwhile, contained another warning that will be replicated across all Real Madrid vs Roma match previews for this week. With the visit of Chievo, Roma should have been able to count the three points as though they were already won. Maybe, when goals from Cengiz Under and Bryan Cristante put them 2-0 to the good, they were guilty of complacency. Whatever the case, they allowed the visitors to leave Rome with a point through two second-half goals. If this kind of carelessness continues, then Roma will have great difficulty getting any kind of a result against good teams.

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The Last Five Games

Real Madrid VS. Roma

  • Real Madrid Form3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Real Madrid Goals13 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Roma Form1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Roma Goals8 goals in the last 5 matches
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Real Madrid vs Roma Preview: Recent Meetings

Even if we leave aside the glorified pre-season friendly that is the International Champions’ Cup (and we should), Real and Roma have faced off fairly recently, being paired in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2015/16. Over the two legs, the Spanish side triumphed 4-0 on aggregate – although all of their goals were scored by players who will be taking to the field for other sides this week. The first leg, in Rome, saw second half goals for Ronaldo (now of Juventus, of course) and Jese (now PSG) ensure a 2-0 lead for Zidane’s men. Back in Madrid a few weeks later, another Ronaldo goal was added to by James Rodriguez (Bayern).

These clubs have met repeatedly in the International Champions’ Cup in recent years. Sometimes Real win, sometimes Roma, but it’s the International Champions’ Cup so it doesn’t matter who wins when.

Real Madrid vs Roma Prediction: Narrow Home Win

Real are in the strange position of having won the Champions League three times consecutively, while having been Spanish champions just once in the last six years. To put it another way, a few of their players have never won La Liga, but will be almost bored of being champions of Europe. At the same time, the players who are at the club now will want to show that they can win it without Ronaldo (particularly if those players are called Gareth Bale). Nonetheless, it will be intriguing to see whether their focus switches in a domestic direction this season. The chances are that it will.

What, then, does that mean for Roma in this match? Well, Eusebio di Francesco and his men have been over the course in the Champions League time and again, but no-one seriously expects them to win it. If they are to be taken seriously, winning this match would be a great way to start – but it feels unlikely. Roma have picked up one win this season, a very narrow one against Torino. It doesn’t feel like their second one will come away at Real Madrid; our Real Madrid vs Roma prediction for tonight is a win for the hosts, albeit a relatively narrow one.

Thanks for reading this match preview, and make sure to keep coming back here to Betting.org for more previews on the top leagues all around Europe as well as the Champions’ League and more. We’ll help you make the best bets.

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