Chelsea vs Roma: All You Need To Know About The Champions League Match
UEFA Champions League: Chelsea vs Roma
After their heroics in the Wanda Metropolitana last month Chelsea have been brought back down to earth in the Premier League.
A 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid has Antonio Conte’s men set fair for a top two finish and qualification for the knockout stages but three points at home to Roma on Wednesday would hand them a commanding grip on the group.
But Chelsea have struggled to hit the heights they reached in Spain in the Premier League, where they have lost against both leaders Manchester City and bottom side Crystal Palace.
Roma are also unbeaten in their first two games of the group stage but were forced to settle for a 0-0 home draw against Atletico in the opening round of fixtures. And while Chelsea may have been struggling over recent weeks the Gialorossi will travel to London battered and bruised after a 1-0 home defeat to Serie A leaders Napoli.
Date : Wednesday, October 18.
Time : 19:45 BST/ 00:15 IST (Next Day)
Venue : Stamford Bridge
TV Broadcast : BT Sports 3(UK), Sony Ten Network (India)
Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
Chelsea: Chelsea will be without central midfielder N’Golo Kante, sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury, and are unlikely to have Danny Drinkwater back from a calf strain.
Victor Moses limped off with a hamstring problem of his own in the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace.
However Alvaro Morata could return to add to Antonio Conte’s striking options after returning to training on Sunday.
Roma: Patrik Schick, Gregoire Defrel, Emerson Palmieri Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are further doubts for the Italians, though the latter pair could be available for Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco.
Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard, Morata
Roma starting XI: Alisson; Bruno Peres, Juan Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov; De Rossi, Strootman, Nainggolan; Florenzi, Perotti, Dzeko
Head to head :
Chelsea and Roma have met just four times before, most recently in the group stage of the Champions League nine years ago.
The Blues won the home game 1-0, with John Terry on the scoresheet, before losing 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico with Terry scoring again.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Roma