Odds: Roma 31/50, Draw 31/10, Shakhtar 17/4
Kick Off: 1945, 13/03/2018
TV: BT Sport
Roma must overcome a 2-1 deficit when hosting Shakhtar Donetsk in the second leg of their Champions League tie but are fancied to produce a more disciplined display in Italy.
The first clash was a game of two halves, with the Serie A side dominating before the break but then struggling to cope with Shakhtar’s attacking talent after the interval.
However, with a big crowd behind them at Stadio Olimpico, Eusebio Di Francesco’s men are tipped at 3/2 to make amends by winning by more than one goal in the return fixture in our Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting predictions.
A Look At AS Roma’s Betting Odds
Roma were sitting pretty at half-time in Kharkiv, with the in-form Cengiz Under making it five goals in four games by converting one of a handful of chances created by his side.
“We’re disappointed with the result, because we looked to be in control at the break,” commented captain Daniele De Rossi.
“It’s a shame we weren’t so good after the re-start, but now we have another 90 minutes to turn the tie in our favour.”
Di Francesco added: “My team has everything it takes to play 90 minutes at a high level, so the mistakes we made are mental.”
Roma must now reproduce the home form they showed when crushing Chelsea 3-0 at the end of October, one of three clean sheets kept by Brazil international Alisson at this venue during the group stage.
“Alisson’s biggest quality is not just his saves, but his overall presence – he gives us a great deal of confidence,” noted Di Francesco.
The yellow and reds should be buoyed by a couple of superb wins in Serie A, prevailing 4-2 away to Napoli and then brushing aside Torino 3-0.
We’re backing them at 21/10 to win to nil in our Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting tips.
A Look At Shakhtar Donetsk’s Betting Odds
Admittedly, Shakhtar did look strong going forward in the opening leg, with Facundo Ferreyra equalising and then Fred’s stunning free-kick showing why he has been linked with Manchester City and PSG.
It could have been significantly worse for Roma had Alisson not been in terrific form, producing great saves to deny Ferreyra and Taison.
Ferreyra has since netted four times in a hat-trick of domestic victories, with the Pitmen bagging 11 goals and conceding none in those fixtures.
However, Shakhtar have had their limitations exposed on the road a couple of times this term, losing 2-0 at Manchester City and going down 3-0 at Napoli in their pool.
Last season, they went out in a qualifying round after being beaten 2-0 by Young Boys in Switzerland.
Looking at the Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk odds, 33/4 for a 2-0 home win takes the eye again here.
ROMA 3-0 Torino – Kostas Manolas, Daniele De Rossi, Lorenzo Pellegrini
Poltava 0-3 SHAKHTAR DONETSK – Facundo Ferreyra (2), Marlos (pen)
Head-to-head: Shakhtar 2-1 Roma, Shakhtar 3-0 Roma, Roma 2-3 Shakhtar, Shakhtar 1-0 Roma, Roma 4-0 Shakhtar
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