Roma vs Bayern Munich 10/21/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Pick and Preview
Bayern Munich vs Roma
Tuesday 21st October 2014 19:45(GMT)
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While Roma did lose to Juventus two weeks ago it was an undeserved loss and Roma have been terrific again this season, playing great football under Rudy Garcia. Totti, Ljajic and Destro are forming a formidable top three although I do expect more of a 4-5-1 formation against Bayern with Gervinho coming in on the win to use his pace to get up and down the pitch. The key for Roma will be how De Rossi and Pjanic handles the Bayern midfield. Roma will not be afraid of attacking Bayern here at home and while I fully expect the Italians to play a counter attacking style I think it will be an adventurous counter attack. Totti no longer has the legs to last ninty minutes but with Boriello, Destro and Ljajic Roma have more than enough on the bench to be able to give Bayern problems at the back.
Saturday seen the return of Ribery to the Bayern Munich squad and the frenchman along with Arjen Robben is key to how Bayern play. Robben was sensational the last three weeks and looks back to the form that allowed him to dominate the World Cup. With such a plethora of stars Pep Guardiola's biggest problem is keeping his squad happy with the amount of playing time they are receiving. Xabi Alonso has fit into the Bayern fold seemlessly and with Robben, Lahm, Goetze and Schweinsteiger making up the rest of the midfield there is no short of attacking intent. Bayern have also kept eight clean sheets on the trot and in that time scored twenty goals.
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While Bayern Munich are justifiable favourites in this one, I quite fancy Roma to get a result here. Roma are a tough side to beat and at home will give as good as they get with a really massive crowd who are very passionate. I am taking the home dog here on the handicap in a game that they might just sneak. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo