Back The Second Half To Explode Into Life When Roma Host Shakhtar

Shakhtar Donetsk take a slender 2-1 advantage into the second leg of their Champions League last-sixteen tie with Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night and there is all to play for in the Italian capital...

  • Roma have lost six of their past nine games against Ukrainian opposition - Won Three
  • Ahead of this Roma v Shakhtar tie, the Italian side have kept one clean sheet in their last seven at the Stadio Olimpico
Tuesday 13th March - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk    
Tips Second half highest scoring    Best Bet @ 1 / 1  

Home And Away

Rome took the lead in the first leg in Ukraine a couple of weeks ago and things were looking good as they bid to reach the quarter-finals of this competition for the first time since 2008, but they contrived to throw away the advantage and they will bid to turn things around on home soil this week.

Roma are 7/10 favourites for the win but that price makes little appeal when you consider that the Serie A side, who won Group C in the group stages, have failed to win seven of their past ten home games in the Champions League (won three, drawn three, lost four).

In fact, Roma have won just two of their past seven at the Olimpico in all competitions (drawn one, lost four) and they have managed to keep only one clean sheet in that time.

Goals seem likely on Tuesday and the bookmakers have recognised that probability, with both teams to score currently a skinny 8/13.

Shakhtar are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League this season, with both teams scoring in five of their seven games, and the Ukrainian outfit are 41/10 for the win or 16/5 to draw (Unibet).
Match Odds:

Second-Half Highest Scoring

Shakhtar, who finished runners up to Manchester City in Group F, are on a five-match winning run in all competitions and they can contribute plenty to an entertaining game that may take a while to open up.

Roma have made a habit of conceding late goals this term and it is worth noting that the second-half has been the highest scoring in five of their last six outings in all formats, with Paddy Power going even-money for that bet to land again.

Posted: Monday, 12th March 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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