Match Preview: Roma v Chelsea – Champions League Group Stage

Build up to the match
The last time these two sides met, the match ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw with the Italian side clawing back three goals from being two goals down only for Chelsea to clinch an equaliser at the death. Fans and pundits alike will definitely be hoping for more of the same as the two clash again at the Stadio Olimpico come Tuesday.

       

Match information
Kickoff: Tuesday, 31st October 2017, 07:45PM England time
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Team News
Roma have a number of players they won’t be able to call upon come matchday due to injury. Their trio of defenders Emerson, Kostas Manolas, and Rick Karsdorp are all out with injury. Nevertheless, expect them to field veteran striker Edin Dzeko and his former Manchester City team-mate Aleksandar Kolarov against Chelsea.

Chelsea’s commanding midfielder N’Golo Kante has already returned to training after an injury setback but it remains to be seen if he would be handed a start in Italy by manager Antonio Conte. Meanwhile, striker Victor Moses is still out with a long-term hamstring injury. Setbacks aside, key players Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonzo will be available against the Italian heavyweights.

       

Form
Roma
W-W-W-D-L (across all competitions)

Roma have been pragmatic in their recent outings, ensuring they kept enemies’ attacking chances at the minimum while still able to find chances to score. Their last three wins in the Serie A ended up as 1-0 wins and it remains to be seen if their defence-heavy tactic will work against Chelsea.

Chelsea
W-W-W-D-L (across all competitions)

In terms of results, the Blues of London have had the same fate as their Italian counterparts, winning three of their last five matches across all competitions. They have had a similar number of goals scored as well. Will this similarity in results translate to a stalemate come matchday?

Match Prediction
If Roma were able to force Chelsea’s magical winger Eden Hazard to score a brilliant equaliser the last time they met at Stamford Bridge, imagine what the Italian side can do in their home turf? This could become a very thrilling encounter, but expect Roma to have the slightest of advantages.

Roma 2-1 Chelsea

       

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