AS Roma vs Chelsea preview

October 30, 2017
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

AS Roma and Chelsea meet again, some two weeks after an entertaining 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge that saw the Blues keep their two-point advantage at the group summit.

Both sides also need to worry about sleeping giants Atletico Madrid, who had a pretty disappointing start, but will surely be in contention for a place in the knockout stages.

AS Roma have been doing pretty well under Eusebio Di Francesco, and they are now on the right track in both Serie A and the Champions League.

The Giallorossi recovered well from the home loss to title rivals Napoli, recording three 1-0 wins to climb to fifth in the overall standings.

AS Roma are now two points behind Champions League positions, while they trail the league leaders by seven points.

Meanwhile, the Italian giants have fared well in the UCL group stages, taking five points from first three games, and they are now three points ahead of star-studded Atletico Madrid.

AS Roma did well to come from two goals behind and earn a 3-3 draw in London and they are now 2.70 (17/10) to win the return match.

Eusebio Di Francesco managed to rest some of his starters in the 1-0 triumph over Bologna, with Radja Nainggolan, Aleksandar Kolarov and Diego Perotti all set to return.

However, the likes of Rick Karsdorp, Kostas Manolas and Emerson are all expected to miss the Tuesday’s game against Chelsea.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Alisson – Florenzi, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov – Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan – Perotti, Dzeko, El Shaarawy.

There has been plenty of turmoil at Stamford Bridge this season, but the Blues are so far managing to keep the results respectable.

Chelsea are now back in the Premier League top 4, albeit trailing leaders Man City nine points, while their Champions League campaign has been a success.

Even with AS Roma and Atletico Madrid in their group, the Blues picked up seven points from first three games and are now just a win away from booking their ticket to the knockout stages.

Chelsea couldn’t kill off the game against same opposition two weeks back despite taking a two-goal lead, and they will have to be wary of in-form Giallorossi.

Latest reports suggest that N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses will not be in contention, but Gary Cahill should be recalled.

Probable starting line-up (3-4-2-1): Courtois – Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill – Zappacosta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso – Pedro, Hazard – Morata.

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