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Madrid Can Put Roma to Rest Tuesday

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League

Following their 2-0 win at the Olimpico in the first leg, Real Madrid has a golden opportunity to advance to the quarterfinal stages with Roma visiting the Bernabeu Tuesday afternoon.

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  • Real Madrid will be without striker Karim Benzema for this match.
  • Real Madrid have not allowed a goal in five of its previous six Champions League matches.
  • Roma has conceded at least two goals in five of its last six Champions League matches.

Online shop Bet365 is currently offering Real at -275 in moneyline markets with Roma +750 and the Draw +475. OVER 2.5 goals is presently -250 while UNDER 2.5 goals is +188.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese scored in Italy to propel Madrid to victory in the first leg. Madrid dominated possession, holding the ball just under 60 percent of the time. Roma took advantage every time it had the ball, however, as they fired 11 shots and had 10 from open play.

Real has had a tough season domestically as they sit third in the table behind the hated Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. They have won back-to-back leage games and are coming off a 7-1 beating of Celta Vigo.

Roma sits third in Serie A and has been on fire in league play. The club has won seven-straight league matches and is coming off a 4-1 trouncing of a tough Fiorentina side. Despite their presence in the Round of 16 in this tournament, Roma has just one win in Champions League play thus far. They defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 in the group stage but also had three draws and two losses.

Roma haven’t reached the Champions League quarterfinals since 2008 and it will take a Herculean effort to accomplish that when they visit the Spanish giants.