Shakhtar Donetsk V AS Roma: All You Need To Know About This UCL Clash
It has been months since Roma won their Champions League Group and then they got drawn with Shakhtar Donetsk. AS Roma head to Ukraine this Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, what is expected to be a loud and thriving atmosphere at the OSC Metalist Stadium in Kyiv. Both of these teams have the opportunity to rewrite their own story as these teams battle for a place in the quarterfinals. Two Clubs with old history on the biggest stage in the football world but who will win the Battle?
Date: Wednesday 21st, 2018
Venue: OSC Mentalist Stadium,Keiv
Kickoff: 1:45 PM (USA), 7:45PM (ENG), 8:45 (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Sky Italia,ESPN3
Most of Roma’s regulars will be there in Kyiv. However Roma will be missing Maxime Gonalons who will be out with a calf injury and Rick Karsdorp still remains out with his ACL injury. Roma will be missing Johnathon Santos as well as their new signing from Sporting Lisbon is recovering well close to be given the green light to train non the less he didnt make the trip. Bruno Peres was also left at home as he has been fazed on the team after his DUI last mouth. In addition to that De Rossi, Dzeko and Fazio are all in risk of suspension. If they get carded in this game they will miss the second leg.
Shakhtar will be without Maksym Malyshev following his recent knee operation. The Ukrainian side also must have to deal with the suspension of their starting centre-back Yaroslav who is on a ban after his red card in his last champions league game. Taras Stepanenko is also out after have accumlating too many yellow cards. Talismanic Darijo Srna is out for personal reasons. 5 players are also at risk of suspension who are Sergiy Kryvtsov,Taison,Ivan Ordets,Dmytro Grechyshkin,Davit Khocholava all card away from missing the second leg.
Roma’s Projected starting XI:
GK: Alisson Becker
DEF: Alex Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Alexandro Florenzi
DEF: Lorenzo Pellagrini, Kevin Strootman
ATT Midfield: Diego Perotti, Cengiz Under, Radja Nainggolan
Striker: Edin Dzeko
Manager: Eusebio Di Franessco
Shakhtar projected starting XI:
GK: Andriy Pyatov
DEF: Bohdan Butko,Domilson,Ivan Ordets,Ismaily
DEF MID: Fred,Taison ATT Midfield: Bernard,Viktor Kovalenko, Marlos Strikers: Facundo Ferreyra
Manager: Paulo Fonseca
Roma sadly battled with a very poor run of form as they saw them slip out of the title race. In result went on a 6 game winless run that as they fell out of the race for the Scudetto and really struggled finishing in front of goal. Roma have finally found their from once again and it couldn’t have come at a better time with this vital champions league Round of 16 match coming.With all that Roma have won three games in a row after a poor run of from that has seen the club climb so third in the table.
Shakhtar have only played one match in two months in which they won 5-0. Prior to that they have won 4 of 5 as they still remain at the top of the table. They will come into this match without having played regular football but none the less they are in very good form as a team.
Writer’s Take :
Two very evenly matched teams I think the outcome of the this game will determine the two legs in my opinion. Roma have not conceded at home in the champions league this season I have confidence Roma will win the home leg so it all comes down to this. This match in Kyiv will be of utmost importance for both teams as both will need to deliver. For Roma the task is simply to neutralize the threat of Kovalenko and Bernard and if Roma are able to do that Facundo Ferreyra wont be able to operate. If the Giallorossi manage to stop these two then their path towards a positive result would become smoother. For Shakhtar, the key will be using their central midfield to break on the defense in a strategy to catch Roma sleeping. This one is very tough to call but i’m going to say that Roma will get their away goal in a narrow win for them.