Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Shakhtar Donetsk made a full comeback to win the first leg in Kharkiv 2-1 so three weeks later the Ukrainian side heads to Rome having a slim lead against AS Roma. The Giallorossi will be keen to benefit from their home advantage at the mythical “Stadio Olimpico” in the Italian capital but Eusebio Di Francesco must be cautious at the same time when facing a talented South American attacking formation of Shakhtar.
The Brazilian attacking trio Marlos, Taison, Bernard as well as the Argentine top scorer Facundo Ferreyra (27 goals in 33 games) are all eager for more Champions League action, travelling after five successive wins in all games so far in 2018, with an only goal conceded (from Roma) against 18 scored. Last but not least, we should not forget about the central midfielder Fred who has been linked with a potential Manchester City move in the past transfer window, but has yet decided to stay in Shakhtar for rest of the current campaign.
Meanwhile, veteran Darijo Srna is suspended and the centre-back Sergey Krivtsov has been sidelined after picking up an injury in the first Champions League Round of 16 clash against Roma, and is expected to miss out here. Midfielder Maksim Malyshev is sidelined with an injury as well.
Eusebio Di Francesco will have both Federico Fazio and Edin Dzeko back in selection as they’ve missed the 3-0 win over Torino on Friday night through suspension. However, they should be fresh to return against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday and Dzeko will be on top of Roma’s 4-2-3-1 formation, while Fazio is the regular centre-back partner of Kostas Manolas.
Right-back Rick Karsdorp remains sidelined for the Romans. Gregoire Defrel was initially doubtful but the France forward will miss out as well.
The Giallorossi can draw out inspiration after the two big wins they’ve achieved in the Serie A for the past 10 days, where besides an aforementioned home win over Torino, Eusebio Di Francesco’s men have slipped Napoli (4-2 in Naples) during their Scudetto chase.
It seems that presence of a Turkish youngster Cengiz Ünder makes the Romans much sharper through the wings and the 20-years-old winger already became the youngest Turkish player ever to score in the Champions League. That happened when Ünder opened the score in Kharkiv, but Roma needs to show better defensive display at home turf. Nevertheless, the Roman Wolves must show teeth if they want to proceed and their tifosi rely on the performance of the trio behind the central forward – Ünder/Nainggolan/Perotti, as well as on Dzeko himself.
Find out the possible starting lineups of AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the chosen market.
UEFA Champions League: AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Prediction and Betting Tips
We expect a similar to the first leg scenario – a game where both teams will score at least once and there will be over 2.5 goals scored in overall. So our experts recommend betting on the goal scoring markets: “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals” with the greatest odds suggested by NetBet for this particular bet.
Possible Starting Lineups of AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico”, Rome.
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco from Spain.
AS Roma: Alisson – Aleksandar Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Alessandro Florenzi – Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi – Diego Perotti, Radja Nainggolan, Cengiz Ünder – Edin Dzeko. (4-2-3-1)
Shakhtar Donetsk: Andriy Pyatov – Bogdan Butko, Ivan Ordets, Yaroslav Rakitsky, Ismaily – Fred, Taras Stepanenko – Marlos, Taison, Bernard – Facundo Ferreyra. (4-2-3-1)