Chelsea v Roma – 101 Great Goals prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Roma
Chelsea will be searching for a third straight win in the group stage that will all but seal their qualification into the round of 16.
Low in form and confidence, the Blues could find things difficult without a number of key players.
Chelsea v Roma betting tips
Chelsea are 13/20 to win their third straight Champions League match.
There’s good value if you back Roma to win at 5/1.
Back under 2.5 goals in the game at 1/1.
Chelsea v Roma: Premier League preview
Chelsea host Roma at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the first of a crucial Group C doubleheader.
The Premier League champions suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at bottom side Crystal Palace on Saturday. Tiemoue Bakayoko’s header cancelled out Cesar Azpilicueta’s early own goal, but Wilfried Zaha scored the winner on the cusp of half-time.
Antonio Conte’s side looked an entirely different outfit without midfielder N’Golo Kante, while Michy Batshuayi struggled to make an impact in the absence of Alvaro Morata. Chelsea’s second consecutive loss leaves them 5th, 9 points behind Manchester City.
Roma also lost on Saturday, ending a run of five straight wins. Eusebio Di Francesco’s side were beaten 1-0 at home by Serie A leaders Napoli.
Chelsea head into the match 1st in Group C, following their dramatic 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid three weeks ago. With a win and a draw in their two matches, Roma are currently in 2nd place.
Chelsea team news v Roma
Victor Moses has been ruled out after a hamstring injury forced the Nigerian off against Crystal Palace.
Davide Zappacosta replaced the right-wingback and is expected to start on Wednesday.
Danny Drinkwater remains sidelined with a calf injury, while N’Golo Kante will miss out again with a thigh problem.
Alvaro Morata could return following a thigh injury and replace Michy Batshuayi up front.
Antonio Rudiger is in contention to face his former side, although Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Azpilicueta are the preferred choices at centre-back.
Roma team news v Chelsea
Roma have a number of key absentees of their own.
Emerson has returned to training following a cruciate ligament injury, but Wednesday’s game is likely to come too soon for the defender.
Defender Kostas Manolas was forced out the Lazio with a thigh injury. Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has since said it’s “practically impossible” for Manolas to play against Chelsea.
Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin Strootman both have groin problems and are expected to miss out.
Luca Pellegrini is a fitness doubt, while Patrik Schick has a hamstring injury.
Gregoire Defrel remains sidelined with a thigh injury and is targeting a return next month.
Former Manchester City duo Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov are expected to start.