Liverpool to set up Real showdown

Jurgen Klopp

Roma may have stunned Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League but lightning is unlikely to strike twice when Liverpool visit Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.

The Serie A side were so woeful defensively at Anfield in last week’s first leg that it is inconceivable that Jurgen Klopp’s team will not score at least one goal in the Italian capital.

Roma’s two late goals on Merseyside may have given Eusebio Di Francesco’s side a glimmer of hope but in many ways they were fortunate to only lose the first leg 5-2.

The chances of Roma repeating their 3-0 win against Barcelona on Wednesday and reaching the final may be slim but such a result can be backed at 26/1, while a victory for the Italian side and both teams to score seems more realistic at 21/10.

Roberto Firmino, who penned a new long-term deal with the Reds recently, is 6/1 to score the first goal in Rome.

Real Madrid may have flattered to deceive at times this season and were fortunate to win last week’s first leg against Bayern Munich, but they should finish the job off on home soil on Tuesday and set up the possibility of a repeat of the 1981 European Cup final, which Liverpool won 1-0.

Zinedine Zidane’s team can be backed at 21/20 to make it three Champions League triumphs in a row by emerging victorious in Kiev on 26th May, while they are available at 33/10 to keep a clean sheet on Tuesday with a 0-0 draw very good value at 17/1.

Bayern will hope to echo Real’s dramatic quarter-final second leg against Juventus when the Spanish side contrived to fall 3-0 behind before eventually edging through thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty.

The odds on a 2-0 Bayern victory can be backed at 21/1, while a win for the Bundesliga outfit and both teams to score is available at 53/20.

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