Chelsea vs Roma Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Pedro, Morata
Alisson, Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Rossi, Strootman, Florenzi, Dzeko, Perotti
Chelsea lead Group C of the Champions League with maximal six points after opening two matches. They have outplayed Qarabag with 6:0 in the first round and won 2:1 over Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano with Batshuayi's goal in the last minute of the match. It looks like they won with lot of luck, but they were better opponents and deserved the victory. Alvaro Morata scored the first goal for Chelsea on that match. They will keep the first position in the group with victory on this match. The Blues suffered shock defeat from the bottom side Crystal Palace (1:2) on the last Premier League match. They played without injured midfielder N’Golo Kante, while Michy Batshuayi replaced injured Alvaro Morata. Previously they lost to Manchester City at home, so the gap with the first placed City is nine points at the moment. Manager Antonio Conte has some injury issues ahead of this match. He can not count on injured N'Golo Kante which is a big handicap for Chelsea. Victor Moses has got injury on the last match and will be absent too. Key striker Alvaro Morata is expected to start the match after returning to training on Sunday. Daniel Drinkwater is doubtful for the hosts.
Roma are unbeaten in their first two matches in this group and sit on the second position with four points. They started their Champions League campaign with a goalless draw against Atletico Madrid in the opening round at home. As it was expected, Roma won 2:1 against outsiders in the group (Qarabag) on road in the second match. Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko goals in the opening 15 minutes at the Azersun Arena in Baku secured their victory. Nevertheless, the atmosphere in the squad is poor at the moment. The Giallorossi suffered a painful home defeat in the last league game when lost 1:0 to Napoli in Serie A derby match. Roma also sit nine points behind the Serie A leaders Napoli with one match in hand. Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has huge injury issues ahead of this match. Key central defender Kostas Manolas picked up an abductor injury against Napoli and won't play at Stamford Bridge. Defensive midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, who also picked up injury and left the derby against Napoli on Saturday, is rated as doubtful. Kevin Strootman is also an injury doubt, while Emerson, Patrik Schick, Rick Karsdorp and Stephan El Shaarawy are sidelined.
Chelsea and Roma have met four times before. Their last match in the group stage of the Champions League was nine years ago when Chelsea won 1:0 at home ground.
Chelsea vs Roma Prediction:
According to the bookmakers Chelsea are favorites in front of this match. And I believe they are able to beat Roma. Even more, the guests will be without key central defender Kostas Manolas and without important midfielder Kevin Strootman. Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has n adequate replacements for the mentioned players. Chelsea will take advantage from this situation.
Chelsea vs Roma Pick: Home win