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Champions League tips – Dzeko 29/10 with 888.com to strike anytime

Roma's Bosnian forward  Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoringn goal during the friendly football match AS  Roma vs Valencia on August 14, 2015 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Edin Dzeko has been in fine form since his switch loan from Manchester City to Roma, so back him at 19/10 with 888.com to strike anytime against Barcelona.

After sealing a long-mooted loan switch to Serie A giants Roma from Manchester City, Bosnia and Herzegovina international frontman Edin Dzeko has been in fine form in his new Italian surroundings.

The towering targetman is set to play a pivotal role in the Italian outfit’s opening Champions League group stage encounter with reigning champions Barcelona, and is 29/10 with 888.com to continue his great start to the season on home soil by netting again anytime.

Having previously become out-of-favour under Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad, Dzeko is now relishing being the main man up front once again, striking the winner against Juventus on his home debut this term in an eventual 2-1 victory over their title rivals.

The dominant centre forward will be a genuine threat to the Barca rearguard, with his superior strength and physique set to cause serious problems for the Catalans, especially in an intimidating Stadio Olimpico.

With his astute aerial abilities and gifted technical skills, Dzeko will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with for the visiting Spanish champions, with the in-form forward already having struck three times this season for club and country.

Dzeko is bigger and a lot stronger than anyone Luis Enrique can summon in his defensive unit, one that may also be missing Thomas Vermaelen through injury, meaning Roma can truly stifle Barca on home soil by relying on their key on-loan marksman.

The Serie A sharpshooter relies on his physicality to get the better of any defence and it will surely work to his side’s advantage this time out on home turf against the defending champions, who prefer to keep the majority of play on the deck.

Set-pieces are going to be a deciding factor in this European match-up, with Roma set to target the towering presence of Dzeko at every opportunity, especially from deep, as they look to cut out any chance of Barca’s menacing midfielders getting time in possession.

Looking to add to his previous Stadio Olimpico goal, Dzeko will be out to prove his credentials in the Champions League, having already done so domestically for Roma and on the international stage for Bosnia and Herzegovina in recent weeks.

Bookies.com best bet: Edin Dzeko to strike anytime @ 29/10 with 888.com

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