Barcelona vs. Roma: Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for UCL Match

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2018

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 14: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after he scores his team's third goal and his 100th Champions League goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at Camp Nou on March 14, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Barcelona's quest to win a trio of major trophies this season continues on Wednesday, when they meet Roma at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League.

In the first leg of this quarter-final showdown, the Blaugrana are the big favourites to earn victory, having progressed serenely through the last 16 at the expense of Chelsea. After some doubts over his fitness, Lionel Messi showed on Saturday in La Liga that he's ready for this one, too.

Roma are surprise quarter-finalists for many, although they showcased plenty of class to overcome a talented Shakhtar Donetsk team in the previous round. The challenge for them here will be ensuring they're still in the game ahead of the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

Below are all the viewing details you need on where to catch the action from Catalonia. We'll also take a look at how both sides are shaping up on the cusp of this Champions League contest.

      

Date: Wednesday, April 4

Time: 7:45 p.m. (BST)/2:45 p.m. (ET)

TV Info: BT Sport (U.K.), FOX Sports 1 (U.S.)

Live Stream: BT Sport website (U.K.), FOX Sports Go (U.S.)

      

Roma Out to Stop Mercurial Messi

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MARCH 31: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the second goal of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between Sevilla CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on March 31, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by A
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In the summer, when Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, more responsibility was always going to be thrust upon Messi and fellow forward Luis Suarez. Needless to say, the pair have relished it.

Messi, in particular, is having one of his greatest seasons, even by the incredible standards he has set for himself throughout the years. On Saturday, he entered the field as a substitute against Sevilla with his side 2-0 down and turned the contest on its head.

After Suarez netted an 88th-minute goal to make it 2-1, a minute later the great man swept home from outside the area to salvage a point for his side. 

According to manager Ernesto Valverde, Messi hasn't quite recovered full fitness yet, which will be a minor concern on the brink of the visit of Roma.

"He's injured but he's been inactive for a while and we thought it would be better for him to play to get some rhythm of competition," he told Movistar (h/t Joe Wright of Goal). "He was decisive. We think he'll be okay for Roma [on Wednesday]."

Messi has been in brilliant form in the Champions League, too, as he netted three goals over the course of the two legs against Chelsea. Per the tournament's official Twitter account, he tends to show up in the quarter-finals of the competition:

You don't envy Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco having to come up with a plan to stop the Barcelona sensation.

The Serie A side may focus on what they can do to hurt Barca as a result, as they've been potent in front of goal in European competition this season. In the previous round, their star forward Edin Dzeko struck to give Roma a 1-0 second-leg win over Shakhtar, enough to take the Italians through on away goals.

Dzeko fired Roma into the quarter-finals.
Dzeko fired Roma into the quarter-finals.Riccardo Antimiani/Associated Press

As noted by football writer David Amoyal, given there was speculation about him moving on in January, Roma will be glad he's still around:

In Cengiz Under, Roma also boast one of the most exciting prospects in Serie A at the moment. However, it appears as though their midfield enforcer Radja Nainggolan is a doubt, as he limped out of the match with Bologna on Sunday, per Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws.

Barcelona will be too strong regardless. This term they've found a tremendous balance under Valverde, and in front of their own supporters, the Blaugrana have the tools to give Roma a mountain to climb in the second leg in the Eternal City.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Roma

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