AS Roma vs Qarabag Prediction, Preview, Lineups and Betting Tips
Victory over Qarabag Agdam at the “Stadio Olimpico” in Italian capital will put Roma through and could be sufficient to seize them the first Group C position, only if Chelsea fails to win against Atletico Madrid at the same time. Meanwhile, the visitors from Azerbaijan are set to finish on the last position, no matter what happens in London, so that’s basically their last European match this season.
UEFA Champions League: AS Roma vs Qarabag 05.12.2017
Roma’s Brazilian right-back Bruno Peres is suspended after being sent off against Atletico Madrid last round. Nevertheless, Alessandro Florenzi is ready to cover that zone and he is often the first-choice anyway.
Radja Nainggolan and Diego Perotti were given the weekend off, while Daniele De Rossi missed the Serie A success against SPAL (3:1) due to suspension, but they should all feature in the Champions League midweek encounter.
Federico Fazio was left on the bench and we won’t be surprised if the Argentine returns against Qarabag, starting next to Kostas Manolas. Aleksandar Kolarov picked up a knock against SPAL, but he will almost certainly play on Tuesday. Otherwise Emerson and Juan Jesus are two from the potential left-back options that Eusebio Di Francesco has.
Rick Karsdorp is a long-term injury and Gregoire Defrel remains a doubt. Radja Nainggolan and Diego Perotti are both marked as doubts but each of them will surely start if he is fit enough.
The Azerbaijani champion arrived in Italy without the central defender Badavi Hüseynov, but his injury is just one of the concerns Gurban Gurbanov actually has. Qarabag’s coach won’t be able to rely on two first-team players who are both suspended – captain Rasad Sadiqov has been sent off in first-half of last round’s home loss to Chelsea, while Pedro Henrique will miss another match after seeing a straight red card in the 1:1 draw vs Atletico in Madrid.
AS Roma vs Qarabag Prediction and Betting Tips
The Giallorossi are clear favourites here and only a real wonder will stop their participation in the Round of 16 draw later this month. First, Roma must lose and Atletico Madrid must beat Chelsea at the “Stamford Bridge”, which seems to be a really complicated scenario.
Qarabag have already taken two points from their two matches vs Atleti and Roma will try to avoid making the same mistake. We don’t expect a goal fiesta here since it’s almost certain Qarabag will defend deeply and Roma shouldn’t have any intention to chase an expressive outcome, especially before the upcoming visit to Chievo in Sunday.
We place a bet on “Under 3.5 Goals“. Even a 3:0 victory of Roma, for instance, will be a winning selection for our followers.
Possible Lineups of AS Roma and Qarabag
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico”, Rome.
Referee: Tobias Stieler from Germany.
AS Roma: Alisson – Aleksandar Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Alessandro Florenzi – Daniele De Rossi, Radja Nainggolan, Kevin Strootman – Diego Perotti, Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy. (4-3-3)
FK Qarabag Agdam: Ibrahim Sehic – Maksim Medvedev, Jakub Rzezniczak, Elvin Yunuszade, Ansi Agolli – Gara Garayev – Wilde-Donald Guerrier, Michel, Richard Almeida, Mahir Madatov – Dino Ndlovu. (4-1-4-1)