Barcelona v Roma: line-ups, Fantasy tips, form guide

All the essentials as former champions Barcelona – playing in their 11th successive quarter-final – face Roma.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez share thoughts during training on Tuesday
Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez share thoughts during training on Tuesday ©AFP/Getty Images

Reporter's view: Ernesto Valverde may reject the idea of there being a favourite in this tie, but that's one of the burdens that Barça will have to contend with. Exactly how recovered from his groin and hamstring pain Lionel Messi is will dictate much of the pace of the match, perhaps even the result. Yet almost of equal importance is the return to fitness of Sergio Busquets who, Valverde admits, provides equilibrium. This will be a fascinating clash of styles.

Possible line-ups

Messi and more: 10 great quarter-final goals
Messi and more: 10 great quarter-final goals

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Busquets, Rakitić, Iniesta; Suárez, Messi
Out
: none
Doubtful: Busquets (recuperation)

Roma: Alisson; Florenzi, Fazio, Manolas, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; El Shaarawy, Džeko, Perotti
Out
: Karsdorp (knee), Ünder (thigh)
Doubtful
: Nainggolan (thigh), Pellegrini (calf)

MAKE YOUR FANTASY CHANGES

Fantasy Football top point scorers

Barcelona: Lionel Messi, forward (43 points, €12.1m)
Roma: Edin Džeko, forward (40 points, €10.7m)

Where to watch

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Weekend results

Messi inspired a dramatic weekend draw
Messi inspired a dramatic weekend draw©AFP/Getty Images

Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona
Bologna 1-1 Roma

Form guide*

Barcelona: DWWWWD
Roma: DWWWWL

*All competitions, most recent first

Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona coach

Having watched Roma's matches in their group it was no surprise to me that they went through or got this far. They defend solidly as a unit and are good in an attacking sense too. This is a Champions League quarter-final – it won't be easy getting past Roma and I don't like the idea that things could be settled after the first leg. I hope our fans will roar us on like they did against Chelsea in the last round.

Eusebio Di Francesco, Roma coach

Tomorrow, more than ever, we have to stick together as a team. We come here with the desire to do something extraordinary, but equally with great respect for our opponents – perhaps the best side in the world. We want to continue to dream. We need to allow Barcelona the minimum possible opportunities but we must play without a complex; we must play 'our' football and not be afraid of being in possession of the ball.

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