Chelsea To Edge A Tight Champions League Clash With Roma

Chelsea will be looking to tighten their grip on Group C of the Champions League when they welcome Roma to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and Antonio Conte will be looking for a reaction from his team following some disappointing recent results.

  • Roma have won only one of their past fifteen visits to England - Drawn Four, Lost Nine
  • Roma have won one of their past eleven away games in the Champions League - Drawn Five, Lost Five
  • Alvaro Morata has scored seven in eight for Chelsea in all competitions

Wednesday 18th October - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Chelsea v Roma    
Tips Under 2.5 goals    Best Bet @ 11 / 10  

Recent Form

Chelsea followed a 6-0 romp against Qarabag with a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid in Group C but their form has tailed off since that remarkable win in Spain, with the Blues losing to Manchester City and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The defeat to a previously goalless and pointless Palace on Saturday was dreadful but Alvaro Morata is expected to return which is a major bonus and Chelsea are 3/5 favourites to win Wednesday's game (Betfred).

The London outfit have only lost three of their past 24 Champions League games at home ahead of this clash with Roma, who are unbeaten in Group C after drawing 0-0 with Atletico and winning 2-1 at Qarabag.

The Italian outfit have selection issues as Patrick Schick, Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy are all injury doubts for Wednesday, with the Giallorossi 5/1 to win or 3/1 to draw at this stage.
Match Odds:

European Struggles

Roma have only won two of their past seventeen matches in the Champions League and they have often struggled on the road, winning only one of their last eleven away games in this tournament (drawn five, lost five).

Furthermore, Roma have won one of fifteen visits to England (drawn four, lost nine) and we fancy Eusebio Di Francesco will take a typically Italian approach to this match by being cautious, with under 2.5 goals looking like a stand-out bet at 11/10 with Coral.

Morata's Return

The Chelsea win and under 2.5 goals combined can be backed at 13/4 (Ladbrokes) and Roma have shown that they can make life difficult for the better teams in Europe but they will ultimately come up short.

A five-match winning run was halted by a 1-0 loss against Napoli in Serie A at the weekend and they might well be undone by a man who previously plied his trade in Italy. The former Juventus striker Alvaro Morata is 3/1 to be first goalscorer after notching seven goals in eight appearances for Chelsea this season.
First Goalscorer Odds:

Posted: Tuesday, 17th October 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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