Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Champions League
SHA vs ROM MATCH PREVIEW:
Roma welcome Ukrainian Club Shakhtar Donetsk to Stadio Olimpico for the 2nd Leg Last-16 in the UEFA Champions League which will see an end of either team's European venture for this season.
Though Roma lost the last tie 2-1 at Metalist Stadium, the Giallorossi are still in a comfortable position courtesy of Cengiz Ünder's crucial away goal. So they only need one goal to advance to the quarterfinals.
Though, the home team needs to be cautious in the first half an hour as Shakhtar possess enough arsenal in their ranks to hurt the hosts if the Italian outfit shows too much adventure at the start of the game.
Roma are still looking like a side capable of beating any side after their imperious show against the Serie A hopeful Napoli which they won 4-2 at Stadio San Paolo. The three-time Serie A champions also beat Torino in their last match. Considering their form, Eusebio Di Francesco's men look set to book their place in the quarterfinals.
Shakhtar Donetsk, on the other hand, are struggling away from home in the UEFA Champions League. In their last seven games, the Ukrainian Champions have lost six times, while at home they were unbeaten in the group stage. It's the traveling that haunts the 2009 Europa League winner, and Roma's home forms indicates that the away blues could come back to haunt the visitors in this particular match.
The Miners, however, are on a five-game winning streak which helped them move 9 points clear in the domestic league table. So they have momentum, and can cause an unlikely upset here.
When: March 14th, 01:15 AM IST
Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Roma – W W L L W W
Shakhtar Donetsk – L W W W W W
SHA vs ROM TEAM NEWS:
Roma head-coach Eusebio Di Francesco will be without the services of Defender Rick Karsdorp, midfielder Daniele De Rossi, and striker Gregoire Defrel. But defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi is expected to be fit for this clash.
While Edin Dzeko and Federico Fazio will be drafted back into the starting XI after missing the win over Torino due to domestic suspension.
Alisson (GK); Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Rossi, Strootman, Under, Nainggolan, Perotti, Dzeko
Centre back Sergiy Kryvstov is out with an ankle injury, along with long term absentee Marksym Malyshev. While Taison and Facundo Ferreya will be a booking away from missing the next match in Europe.
Pyatov (GK); Ismaily, Rakitskiy, Ordets, Butko, Fred, Stepanenko, Bernard, Taison, Marlos, Ferreyra
Roma- No UEFA Success Yet
Shakhtar Donetsk- One Europa League Title victory in 2009
Head 2 Head (Last six games)
Roma- 01 wins
Shakhtar Donetsk- 04 wins
Roma – Dzeko, Under, Nainggolan
Shakhtar Donetsk – Ferreyra, Bernard, Fred
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Shakhtar have the 2-1 lead from the first leg and this is their only advantage heading into this away match against Roma as their performance on the road in this prestigious competition is pathetic. While Roma will be playing at their home Stadio Olimpico, and with an away goal under their belt, the home team knows they have enough talent to score one goal in the match.
Having said that, Shakhtar possess a gem of a talent which goes by the name of Fred. He has been under the radar of top European Clubs after his exploits with Shakhtar. So a good performance here will only improve his stock-
But we are favoring Roma, and a 2-0 win looks a good deal.
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