Roma will be playing host to Ukrainian Champions Shakhtar Donetsk at Stadio Olimpico in the 2nd leg, last-16 of the Champions League with the visitors leading the tie 2-1 on aggregate from the first leg.
Though Roma lost the first leg, they did enough to put themselves in a comfortable position heading into this all-important clash as Cengiz Ünder's away goal may very well prove to be crucial in the match. If the three-time Serie A champions score 1st, they will be the favorite to reach the quarterfinals.
Roma Form (Last six matches)- W W L L W W
The Italian outfit is beaming with confidence after beating Napoli 4-2 in their own den, and another win followed as they won 3-0 against Torino. Those two outstanding results have put their top-4 credentials back on track. So the home side should be optimistic in this match despite chasing the tie against the visitors.
Roma vs Shakhtar- Head 2 Head
Total Matches- 5
Roma - 1
Shakhtar Donetsk - 4
Shakhtar Donetsk, on the other hand, finished the group at 2nd behind Manchester City, and they maintained their perfect home record in the Champions League with a win over Roma in the 1st leg. But the Miners have a dreaded away record in this season's competition, losing twice in three games while failing to score in six of their last seven away games.
As a result, the visitors have a big job to change their away fortunes at the intimidating Stadio Olimpico.
Shakhtar, however, have some momentum behind them. They have won five straight games in their domestic league which has put them nine clear at the top of the table. So visiting manager Paulo Fonseca can focus on their Champions League campaign.