With the European football season drawing to a close, the Champions League has reached the semi-final stages. The draw paired Liverpool with Roma and European champions Real Madrid with perennial challengers Bayern Munich.
On Tuesday night, Liverpool host Roma at Anfield for their first leg tie. Both sides produced shock results in the last round. Liverpool hammered Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate,
Meanwhile, Roma progressed past Spanish champions-elect Barcelona on away goals after a 4-1 defeat at the Nou Camp and a 3-0 win in the home leg. The Giallorossi have a major task on their hands repeating that feat.
Liverpool are undefeated in 14 games in the Champions League, while the Reds are also undefeated in seven games in Europe’s elite competition at Anfield. There is no secret to their strengths on home soil, as they have scored at least twice in five of their last six outings at Anfield on home soil. The Reds star player Mohamed Salah will come up against his old club.
Roma have been highly inconsistent in the Champions League, winning only three of their last six games in Europe. All three of those wins have been at the Stadio Olimpico. The Giallorossi’s recent away form in Europe is awful, as Eusebio Di Francesco’s side have won just once in their last 15 away games in Europe’s elite competition. Anfield is not exactly the place to put a stat like that right.
The other semi-final first leg sees old foes Bayern Munich and Real Madrid clash at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern are formidable opponents on home soil, suffering just one loss in their last 22 outings on home soil, which was last season a defeat inflicted by Real Madrid themselves.
Zinedine Zidane’s side has a good away record in the Champions League, winning eight of their last ten games on their travels in Europe. This clash is likely to test the visitor’s record and metal.
Who will gain first-leg advantages in the Champions League?