Place: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.(Madrid, Spain).
Date: on the 19th of September, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League – group stage – 1st round.
The defending winner of the trophy Real Madrid will begin to protect its title with a home match against Italian Roma. The Spanish grandee has got into group G where besides Romans, the company to the team will be kept by the Moscow team and the Czech Viktoria from Plzeň. To tell the truth, Real was lucky to get into this group. They are obliged to leave such group with the maximum quantity of points.
Real begins its group stage without the key player, an idol for club fans throughout many seasons. Of course, we speak about Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese has moved to Turin to conquer new goals of Serie A. In addition, changes have happened also with the coaching staff: Julen Lopetegui has replaced the legendary French expert Zinedine Zidane. Real has gained in the championship 3 victories and only in last round has made first mistake in a match against Athletic Club Bilbao. Meanwhile the absence of Cristiano doesn’t affect effectiveness of the team at all as Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have begun this season very powerfully, having both scored 8 goals.
In last season Monchi has been presented as the new sporting director of Roma. And he is reaping the first successful fruits of his professional activity in this club. On money that was received from the sale of the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker were bought qualitative players, both for strengthening of the main starting line-up and on the near-term outlook. Experienced and bold Steven N’Zonzi was bought instead of Radja Nainggolan who has moved to Inter. The company to attacking players will be kept by Argentinean Javier Pastore who can still impress their fans. In pair to Edin Džeko from Ajax young and talented Justin Kluivert has been purchased. It is early to draw definite conclusions but the start of the season in Serie A was obviously unsuccessful. Only one victory is registered out of 4 played rounds. There is a certain imbalance between the attacking and defensive actions. In frames of the last round of Serie A Roma hosted Chievo. And if in the first half the home team surely controlled the course of the match and was ahead with the score 2-0, then in the second half it surprised with passive acts in a number of episodes and as a result the score was evened. It can’t but cause concerns prior to the start in the Champions League.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Real Madrid vs. Roma
In frames of the most prestigious club tournament of the Old World the fate has brought these clubs together for the 6th time. Real Madrid has an obvious advantage of 6 victories and 3 defeats, one match has ended in a draw. Bookmaker offices also give the preferences in the forthcoming match to the home team: Real Madrid to win – 1.36. The draw is estimated by coefficient 5.50, the Wolves to win – 8.00.
Real Madrid and Roma prefer bright and attacking style of game which is admired by the football fans. Now teams place bigger emphasis on the attacking actions for one reason: defense is not perfect and it is far easier to bet on aggressive football. Therefore the probability that teams will score the goals and please the fans of the attacking football is high.