Match date: 13 Mar 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: Roma to qualify
| Match result:
1-0 - Won
Roma didn't achieved some great results in Italian Serie A and are at third position without any chance to involve into title race, anyway in Champions league were much better and in pretty strong group ended at top spot, however in first match of knockout stage were defeated in Ukraine by Shakhtar Donetsk, tonight will face with them for a rematch and must celebrate at all costs, narrow victory leads them into next round but it won't be very easy to outplay guests which are in great form. Roma were at second spot on scoring charts in previous season in Italy with amazing 90 goals scored, however in this campaign they weren't so accurate and in 28 rounds they scored "only" 47 goals. This is their 6th meeting with Ukrainian team in last 12 years and it's interesting that in last four duels with them were defeated, Roma now must try to end that bad record in order to avoid elimination, tonight narrow victory leads them into next round but they weren't so impressive in home matches after winter break. Most important is that they managed to achieve two victories in last two rounds of Serie A, most recently they defeated Torino here at home with convincing result while before that achieved boosting morale victory over Napoli, in this game must play on very high level and in my opinion they can reach quarter finals.
Defenders Karsdorp (1/0), Silva (0/0) and forward Defrel (13/1) will all remain sidelined for this game.
Shakhtar are defending a title in Ukraine and probably will manage to win it for the second consecutive season, however their domestic league isn't that strong and in Champions league will have a really difficult mission to defend their one goal lead from first meeting with Roma. In first meeting with Roma three weeks ago they weren't much better side but simple exploited their chances, not in rematch i just don't expect that will overcome them again, despite their opponents had some failures and weren't so convincing they are still strong side which will be hard to beat. In last five matches Shakhtar achieved five straight victories, in four rounds of Ukrainian league scored 16 goals without conceding and now against Roma must show outstanding skills in defense to avoid conceding. Guests were really great in Europa league in past few seasons and have experience, they had pretty strong group and thank's to a victory over mighty Citizens in last round of group stage won progress into knockout phase, however at home they are playing much better and i doubt that will manage to confront to Roma tonight at this stadium.
Guests are coming here without injured defender Krivtsov (9/2) and Malyshev (0/0) while defender Srna (8/0) is still suspended.
Roma must win, that is only option for this team if they want to reach quarter finals, they for sure can beat Shakhtar at home field but must continue with performances like in last two rounds of Serie A, guests have advantage to defend and that will be really hard against Roma, how the things stands at this moment i believe in victory of home team and Roma to qualify is my pick here.