Barcelona seem set to be on course for an incredibly successful season under Ernesto Valverde this year. The Catalan giants are still unbeaten in La Liga and way ahead of both 2nd placed Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, who are at 3rd in the table and 13 points behind their eternal rival. They are already in the final of the Copa del Rey and have a very winnable looking tie in the quarterfinal of Champions League against Roma to play.
After saving their unbeaten tag at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan against Sevilla by the scuff of their neck, Barcelona come into their Champions League fixture in a very good form. That 2-2 draw in the league stretched their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions, while 11 of those games have ended in victory for Valverde.
While at home, that unbeaten run is even more impressive as we have to go way back to the start of the campaign when Barca suffered a defeat at home in the Spanish Super Cup, and that defeat came against Real Madrid.
Their attacking threat is still one of the best in the world but one significant development they have made this season in their performance is their defensive set up. Ernesto Valverde mainly has employed 4-3-3, 4-4-2, and even the 4-3-2-1 formation with Paulinho playing along-side another defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets. That could be the reason why Barcelona have managed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their last 13 games they played at Camp Nou. On that note, it's going to be very difficult for Roma to break down that sturdy backline.
Roma, on the other hand, are having a very good season as well. They topped the Champions League group which had English Champions Chelsea and Spanish powerhouse Atletico Madrid in it. While in Serie A, they are 3rd in the table, and though they are a long way off challenging for Scudetto this season, it's a very good ranking in a tough competitive league.
The visitors are heading into this match on the back of an away draw against Bologna which ended their four games winning streak in all competitions. To some extent, it came as a no surprise as Roma are struggling away from this season, and have won just four times in their last 12 games on the road.
So considering Barcelona's imperious home form this season, and Roma's struggles away from home, a home win looks a very good bet in this Champions League match.
Barcelona - Phillipe Coutinho is a cup-tie after playing for Liverpool in the group stage, so he is ineligible and won't be playing against Roma. While Sergio Busquets is a big doubt, also are Sergi Samper, and Lucas Digne.