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Bayer Leverkusen v AS Roma tips - Italians in line for another Champions League setback

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Roma’s two Champions League results so far this season have been like chalk and cheese – and we predict further disappointment for them on Tuesday.

We are backing Bayer Leverkusen to win – get 20/21 at Betfred

The Italian capital club were not done any favours by the group-stage draw for the second season running because after being pooled with Bayern Munich and Manchester City last term, getting Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen this time around was no great improvement.

But Rudi Garcia’s side made a promising start with a 1-1 draw at home to the reigning European champions in a game that will be best remembered for a stunning long-range equalising goal from Alessandro Florenzi.

However, things really did then go from the sublime to the ridiculous for Roma as their next game was away to the expected whipping boys of the group, BATE Borisov, and incredibly they conceded three goals in the opening half hour on the way to a 3-2 defeat – only getting on the scoresheet themselves in minutes 66 and 82.

There is not much wrong with Roma’s domestic form currently because they are up to second in the Serie A table and scoring plenty of goals, 14 to be precise in their last four matches in all competitions.

Roma's Daniele De Rossi (Getty Images)
The problem is that they are conceding as well, and that could play into the hands of a Bayer Leverkusen team who will now be zoning in on claiming the second qualification spot.

The Germans go into match day three just one point behind Barcelona having won 4-1 at home to the Belarusians and then taken the lead at Camp Nou via defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos before succumbing 2-1 to goals from Sergio Roberto and Luis Suarez.

That puts Leverkusen two points ahead of Roma and if they can win this home game, it would leave them in a very strong position and potentially able to wrap up second spot if they also claimed three points away to BATE on match day five.

It is admittedly a slight worry that Roger Schmidt’s side have only drawn their last two games in the Bundesliga, 1-1 at home to Augsburg and 0-0 at Hamburg.

The way Roma have been defending, though, it is difficult to imagine there will not be goals in this game and with Leverkusen the more convincing of these sides in Europe so far this season, they are given the vote to strengthen their chances of reaching the knockout stage.

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Bayer Leverkusen v AS Roma tips - Italians in line for another Champions League setback

Roma’s two Champions League results so far this season have been like chalk and cheese – and we predict further disappointment for them on Tuesday.

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