UEFA Champions League: Roma vs Chelsea preview


We're expecting another spectacular encounter in Champions League Group C on Wednesday as Premier League champions Chelsea travel to the Italian capital to face AS Roma at the Olympic Stadium. The reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge earlier in October ended 3-3 after Chelsea had held a 2-0 lead and Roma fought back to lead 3-2. Before that, the two teams had met at the same stage of the competition back in 2008 and Chelsea won 1-0 at home while AS Roma secured a 3-1 victory in Italy.

Roma seem to have steadied the ship after the 1-0 home defeat against Serie A leaders Napoli on October 14, they secured the 3-3 draw in London days after that loss and then went on to secure three consecutive league wins, all by the same score line: 1-0. Last weekend they defeated Bologna at home but they will need to do a lot better than that to get the three points against Chelsea. Emerson, Rick Karsdorp and Kostas Manolas are injured and won't be able to play in Tuesday's match.

Chelsea had a similar path with Roma, they were coming from a shocking 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace when they drew 3-3 with the Italians in London and then grabbed three consecutive Premier League victories. Last weekend they won 1-0 at Bournemouth thanks to a goal from Eden Hazard. The Blues lead the Champions League group with a two-point advantage over Roma and five points over Atletico Madrid, but a defeat in Rome could put their qualification in serious risk. Victor Moses and N'Golo Kante remain injured.

Probable line-ups:

Roma: Alisson - Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov - Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman - Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti

Chelsea: Courtois - Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill - Zappacosta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso - Pedro, Hazard - Morata

My prediction: 2-2 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Roma win - 2.70
Draw - 3.39
Chelsea win - 2.75

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  • Bulgaria sharpe

    31/10/17

    I think we could expect some goals here either, maybe not as many as the previous game but still the style of Roma is pretty open so it makes that team prone to be involved in a high scoring affairs.
    Won't be an easy game for either side though as the first encounter shows and we could only hope it would be a fun one.

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