Roma looked like they had done enough to put themselves in a comfortable position for this second leg tie when these two sides met back in Ukraine. Cengiz Under put the visiting Italians in front just before half time, but Shakhtar Donetsk came out fighting in the second half and scored two goals without reply to win the game 2-1. These two goals, from Facundo Ferreyra and Fred, have made this tie very interesting indeed.
Roma followed that with a disappointing 2-0 loss at home to AC Milan in Serie A, leaving them lagging behind Napoli and Juventus at the top of Serie A in a massive way. However, a shock 4-2 win away to Napoli and a 3-0 win over Torino on Friday have put them back on track, and they will be relatively confident of turning this deficit around on Tuesday.
The hosts have had their difficulties this season, but at home in the Champions League they have been excellent. They were widely considered underdogs for qualification in a group that included both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, but they picked up a 3-0 win at home to Chelsea and a draw against Atletico Madrid, results which saw them top the group with 11 points.
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Shakhtar Donetsk finished 2nd in their group behind Manchester City, although they did pick up some bragging rights in the final group game as they became the first team to beat Manchester City this season. A long winter break followed soon after that win, and they only returned to action a month or so ago.
Since that return they have won all four of their Ukrainian Premier League matches and beaten Roma at home, putting them nine points clear at the top of the table and being able to fully focus on this Champions League campaign.
Shakhtar don’t have the best record away from home in the Champions League though. They lost two of their three group games on the road and have failed to score in six of their last seven trips away in the competition. Admittedly they are rarely hammered, and the fact that only one of these games has seen four or more goals makes backing a Roma Win and Under 3.5 Goals look a great prospect.
We’re also opting for a Roma Win to Nil here, especially after the hosts kept a clean sheet in all three of their home games in the group stage. This looks a promising bet along with a 2-0 correct score predictions.
We’re also backing Turkish forward Cengiz Under to find the net for the hosts. He has scored six goals in Roma’s last seven matches in all competitions and bagged the opener in the first leg of this tie, so he looks a promising selection for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
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