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All is at stake in the Champions League as the teams look to progress to the last 16. In group C, Chelsea, Atletico, and Roma all have a chance of qualifying. Currently, Chelsea sits on top of the group with 7 points, followed by Roma and Atletico on 5 and 2 points respectively. As things stand, a win should see Chelsea through to the next round. A win for Roma will make qualification interesting.
To understand the second leg of this fixture, we must first analyze the first leg between the clubs. The first meeting ended in a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea threw away a 2-0 lead only to make a comeback at 2-3 down and salvage a point. Roma dominated possession (61%) throughout the game.
Chelsea will be without Kante, Moses, Drinkwater and maybe Bakayoko and Luiz as well. Roma will still be without their key defender, Kostas Manolas.
Edin Dzeko – Scored a brace in the first-leg (almost a hat-trick). Dzeko has been in superb form, scoring in 10 of his last ten appearances, 31 goals in all competitions last season. Expect him to get on the score sheet.
Eden Hazard – The Belgian is back from injury and back to scoring goals for Chelsea. He scored a brace as well for Chelsea in the first leg against Roma. He also picked up the man of the match despite Dzeko scoring a worldie. Hazard will be among the goals and assists.
Roma will dominate possession on the pitch at home, and Edin Dzeko (Ballon D’or nominee) will score for the home team. Roma has conceded at least a goal in 23 of their previous Champions League appearances. That’s since 2008 they haven’t kept a clean sheet in the competition. Chelsea will play with more attackers (and wingers) because of their injured midfielders. So you expect Chelsea to score too.
The predicted score will be 2-3 in Chelsea’s favor.
The Pundits are calling it too close to call with a draw also a likely scenario. Tipsters and bookies are favoring a Chelsea win.