Kick-off: Wednesday, October 18, 2017. 18:45 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
The Champions League is back again, and it’s going to be a tough one between last season’s Premier League champions and last season’s Italian Serie A runners-up, as both giants do battle at Stamford Bridge this evening.
While Chelsea are currently leading the Group C table with six points from the two Champions League games played so far, Roma are 2nd on the table with four points.
While Chelsea lost at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, Roma also lost at home to Napoli in the Serie A.
Chelsea have won three of their last five games, but the Blues are in a bit of a bad form, as the last two games ended in losses. While Roma have won four of their last five games, but lost their last game at home against Napoli on Saturday.
Chelsea are defending champions in the Premier League and the Giallorossi have finished in the top three of Serie A in each of the past four seasons, but have struggled to make an impression in the Champions League.
They have only progressed from the group stage once in the past three seasons, reaching the last 16 in 2015-16 where they lost to Real Madrid.
The two teams played each other in the 2008-09 Champions League, with both sides winning their home games
Chelsea have won their Champions League group on their past three appearances and 11 times overall
The Blues have only failed to progress to the last 16 once – in 2012-13 when they became the first holders to go out in the group phase.
The Giallorossi always have it tough in England as they have won only one of their 15 away games in England, losing nine and drawing five. Their only victory in England was against Liverpool in the 2000-01 UEFA Cup.
My Prediction: Although Chelsea looked off the pace in the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, tonight’s Champions League encounter will be a different ballgame and the Blues will take all three points.
Chelsea 2 Vs 1 Roma