Barcelona made a positive start to their summer tour of the United States in their first game against Spurs.
The Catalans ended up winning on penalties after a 2-2 draw, but it was their first half performance which saw them race into a 2-0 lead which excited the Spanish press.
Roma also faced Spurs in their opening game but were on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat and Eusebio Di Francesco’s men face another stern test against the La Liga champions.
However, it is the Italians who are favourites to win in 90 minutes with SportPesa offering them at 6/5 (2.20) .
Barcelona have brought a much weakened squad on tour and are priced at a healthy looking 41/20 (3.05) , while the draw can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) .
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has joined up with the Barca squad and could make his first appearance of the summer, whilst Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba are all resting.
Summer signing Arthur impressed on his debut against Spurs and is likely to feature in midfield once more, while Malcom – who snubbed the Italians to move to Barcelona last week – could also get some minutes.
Roma have far fewer members of their first team squad missing, and their starting eleven will surely be closer to full strength than that of their opponents.
Despite missing a host of key players, Barcelona will field a side more than capable of competing with Roma.
Indeed, the Blaugrana’s squad players are good enough to be in the first eleven of many other European sides, while new signings Arthur and Clement Lenglet will look to continue to stake a claim for minutes in the forthcoming season.
The price for a Barca win is surely too good to ignore, despite the notable absentees for Ernesto Valverde.
Tips and predictions
Backing the Blaugrana to win in 90 minutes at 41/20 (3.05) looks an unmissable option against a team who were heavily beaten in their last game.
Also worthy of consideration is the price of 7/2 (3.50) for the Spanish side to win the first half, with Roma conceding four times in the opening 45 minutes of their previous game.
Barcelona to win in 90 minutes at 41/20 (3.05) for a 1pt stake with SportPesa