Roma – Shakhtar Donetsk is the battle between the two surprises in this stage of the competition. The match will start at 20:45 and it’ll take place on Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy.
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)
Roma looked like they had done enough to put themselves in a comfortable position for this second leg tie when these two sides met back in Ukraine. Cengiz Under put the visiting Italians in front just before half time, but Shakhtar Donetsk came out fighting in the second half and scored two goals without reply to win the game 2-1. These two goals, from Facundo Ferreyra and Fred, have made this tie very interesting indeed. Roma followed that with a disappointing 2-0 loss at home to AC Milan in Serie A, leaving them lagging behind Napoli and Juventus at the top of Serie A in a massive way. However, a shock 4-2 win away to Napoli and a 3-0 win over Torino on Friday have put them back on track, and they will be relatively confident of turning this deficit around on Tuesday. With 56 points from 28 matches in Serie A a place in the Champions League for next year is close but they don’t need to make wrong moves. Lazio and Inter are behind them with 3 and 4 points behind. Now all their focus are on this tie with Shakhtar Donetsk and a win it’s a must for the side from Rome.
Eusebio Di Francesco Press Conference: If tomorrow we can repeat the performance we put in against Napoli, then I think that will be a significant step forward for us. Especially from a mental standpoint, it will show we have found a bit more consistency. We’re the ones that need to bring the fans to the stadium. Their contribution will be crucial tomorrow. I hope they can be our 12th man.We need to play with freedom and show our desire to hurt our opponents. We have just one thing on our minds: to get that ball at our feet and cause the opposition problems.
Injured: Rick Karsdorp
Roma: Alisson – Kolarov – Fazio – Manolas – Florenzi – Strootman – Rossi – Perotti – Nainggolan – Under – Dzeko
Shakhtar Dontesk finished 2nd in their group behind Manchester City, although they did pick up some bragging rights in the final group game as they became the first team to beat Manchester City this season. A long winter break followed soon after that win, and they only returned to action a month or so ago. Since that return they have won all four of their Ukrainian Premier League matches and beaten Roma at home, putting them nine points clear at the top of the table and being able to fully focus on this Champions League campaign. Four wins came against below average teams in the domestic league. A win is a win regardless of the opposition and therefore the mood in the dressing room will positive. The visitors have an extremely poor record in away games, and it is 6 losses from the last 7 Champions League away games.
Paulo Fonseca Press Conference: A very difficult match awaits us, because Roma have won five of their last six games and at the Stadio Olimpico they kept clean sheets against Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. I don’t think they’ll make radical changes, they’ll try to cause us problems right away with a lot of pressing. Shakhtar are ready to play our game, and if we don’t do that then the credit will go to Roma.
Injured: Maksim Malyshev
Suspended: Darijo Srna
Doubtful: Sergey Krivtsov
Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov – Ismaily – Rakitskiy – Ordets – Butko – Stepanenko – Fred – Bernard – Taison – Marlos – Ferreyra
Roma – Shakhtar Donetsk Head-to-Head:
|21.02.18||CL||Shakhtar||AS Roma||2 : 1|
|08.03.11||CL||Shakhtar||AS Roma||3 : 0|
|16.02.11||CL||AS Roma||Shakhtar||2 : 3|
|22.11.06||CL||Shakhtar||AS Roma||1 : 0|
|12.09.06||CL||AS Roma||Shakhtar||4 : 0|
Roma – Shakhtar Donetsk: Prediction
With the 2-1 win in the first leg of the corresponding tie at Kharkiv, Shakhtar Donetsk stretched their winning streak against Roma to four games. Roma are certain favorites to win this fixture in front of their home fans, and it will be a great evening for them if they could manage to qualify in front of their own fans. The Serie A side have kept a clean sheet in each of their three home matches in the Champions League this term. The main issues for Roma lie at defense and the Ukrainian Champions are known for effective counter attacking football. Therefore, away goal rule could play a key role in deciding the final outcome of this tie.
Prediction: Both Teams To Score, Yes, Odds: 1.60
Stake: 8 units