Just six punters took the bait on Roma to Qualify v Barcelona at Ladbrokes12th April 2018 / lee
Barcelona got a bit of a taste of their own medicine in midweek. They have known to pull off the unthinkable in the Champions League, such as in their epic and record-breaking fight back against PSG in the 2016/17 competition. Barcelona were 4-0 down for the first leg and found themselves 3-1 up with two minutes to go back at the Nou Camp, Edison Cavani’s away goal for PSG leaving the Spaniards needing three goals.
Then Neymar netted a free kick, a penalty and then Sergi Roberto popped up with a crazy equaliser deep into stoppage time to win the tie. That is still arguably the greatest ever comeback in the history of the Champions League, but Roma’s effort against Barcelona in this seasons’ round of sixteen has to be pretty close.
Barcelona were 3-1 up from the first leg at the Nou Camp and their trip to Rome was just all about game management and seeing out the tie. They weren’t prepared for the energy that Roma were prepared to throw at them, the Italians were well and truly fired up diving into tackles, constantly closing their opponents down and getting forward at every opportunity. They did the unthinkable and managed to turn the tie on its head with a 3-0 home success.
Ahead of the second leg, Roma were 20/1 odds at Ladbrokes to qualify for the last four and only six punters toko the bait.
The biggest of those wagers at Ladbrokes was £30.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “The odds are there to be defied, and that’s exactly what Roman did. Fair play to the 16 customers out there who fancied David to take on Goliath on Tuesday evening.”
Champions League winner 2018 odds*
Real Madrid 13/8, Bayern Munich 7/4, Liverpool 3/1, Roma 10/1* (betting odds taken on March 12th, 2018 at 3:44 p.m.)
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