AS Roma vs Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between AS Roma vs Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League.
AS Roma vs Chelsea Match Preview
Chelsea will look to seal qualification to the Champions League knockout stages when they take on AS Roma in a group stage encounter. Provided other results go their way, the Blues could book their place in the knockouts at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday, October 31.
Roma are second in Group C with five points from three games, but they have been far from convincing with their performances. A goalless draw with Atletico Madrid and a 2-1 laborious win over Qarabag started their campaign while a 3-3 high-scoring draw at the Stamford Bridge keep them unbeaten. What works in Eusebio di Francesco’s favour is that fact that his side’s physicality could work against the visitors. Also, Roma followed the draw against Chelsea with three successive 1-0 wins and should start this encounter confidently. Edin Dzeko scored a brace in the last match against Chelsea and should be confident of leading the line once again. Will the Romans come up with a good performance to lift their European hopes?
Chelsea currently top the Group C with seven points from three games. A 6-0 thumping of Qarabag started their Champions League journey and they followed it up with a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid. They had to bank on an Eden Hazard brace to draw 3-3 against Roma at Stamford Bridge in the last round of matches. If Atletico Madrid fail to beat Qarabag in the Spanish Capital, the Blues can qualify for the last-16 with two games to spare. Antonio Conte’s men warmed up for this match with a 1-0 win in the weekend over Bournemouth and are unbeaten in their last four competitive matches. With key players available after injury lay-offs, Conte will go for the jugular and cement his side’s knock-out chances.
AS Roma vs Chelsea H2H
These two clubs have met in European competitions five times previously, with Chelsea winning twice, Roma winning once and two matches ending in stalemate. Chelsea lost 3-1 to Roma in the 2008-09 Champions League AS Roma vs Chelsea fixture. The Blues are poor Italian travelers having lost on their last three visits against Juventus, Napoli, and Inter Milan.
AS Roma vs Chelsea Team News
Roma will miss Patrick Schick, Emerson Palmeiri, and Gregoire Defrel with injuries while Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy could be available.
For Chelsea, N’Golo Kante could be pushing for selection although Danny Drinkwater is available for selection. Victor Moses is out of contention.
AS Roma vs Chelsea Probable Line-ups
AS Roma: Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, De Roosi, Strootman, Nainggolan, Florenzo, Perotti, Dzeko.
Chelsea: Courtois, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Pedro, Hazard, Morata.
AS Roma vs Chelsea betting tip
Chelsea will have one eye on the next weekend fixture against Manchester United in the Premier League. Not to say that they will take this lightly, but the visitors may look to come out with a point. That could play to Roma’s advantage and we expect the hosts to bag full points.