Roma vs Manchester City 07/21/2015 International Champions Cup Preview & Predictions
Manchester City vs Roma
Tuesday 21 July 2015 06:00 (ET)
The Line: Roma 23/10 Draw 5/2 Manchester City 11/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; Fox Sports
The second game of the Australian leg of the International Champions Cup will see Roma square off against Manchester City. Roma held the star studded Real Madrid side scoreless in the first leg and they won the game 7-6 on penalties. Roma have a terrific defence and their success over the last few years has been built around that solid defence. Roma play a compact 4-3-3 style and protect their back four well with De Rossi/Nainggolan playing that sweeper role. With Totti, Doumbia and Gervinho splitting time as the central forward this Roma side have talent throughout , scoring goals though was a problem last season so Garcia will be hoping a full season from Doumbia will lead to more goals. Totti is almost 40 and Gervinho's finishing leaves alot to be desired.
Manchester City may give Raheem Sterling his debut in the sky blue after his £44million move from Liverpool. With such an abundance of talent in the Manchester Ciy squad it's hard to know if Sterling will even get his place in City's first eleven , he will need a good pre season and a good debut would be half the battle. City will again give their players 45 mins, The way these games work if they finish level after 90 minutes they go straight to a penalty shoot out. Roma were impressive in beating Real Madrid on penalties and I think I would fancy Roma to stifle Manchesster City on Tuesday morning.
Neither team will be committed to winning this game and this is only a preseason game but I do think that both will play strong teams in either half mixing in their starters with squad players , these are little more than exhibition games. I think here we see a Roma team that can defend well against most teams. I am going to take a draw here as I think Roma frustrate City for the 90 minutes and we are getting good value on the draw.