AS Roma vs Chelsea: Match Preview - The Chelsea Chronicle

AS Roma vs Chelsea: Match Preview

Champions League action returns for Chelsea this Tuesday, with the Blues travelling to Italy for their fourth group stage game against AS Roma.

The two sides met in the last round of European fixtures. At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea and Roma played out a 3-3 draw. Eden Hazard scored a late header to save Chelsea’s blushes, after Roma came down from 2-0 down to lead 3-2. Former Manchester City players Edin Dzeko and Aleksander Kolarov were on the scoresheet for the Serie A side.

Since the draw a few weeks ago, Chelsea have won three games on the bounce. A 4-2 win over Watford, a 2-1 victory at home to Everton, and a 1-0 away win at Bournemouth have seen Antonio Conte’s side regain their form, after a number of poor results prior.

Like Chelsea, Roma have also won their last three fixtures since their encounter on October 18th. Three 1-0 wins against Torino, Crotone, and Bologna have helped Eusebio Di Francesco’s side move up to fifth in the Serie A table.

The two sides currently occupy the top two spots in Group C. The Blues currently sit top of the group, with seven points. Tuesday’s opposition remain two points behind Chelsea, and know an Atletico Madrid win over Qarabag would put them level on points with five.

N’Golo Kante could return to the Chelsea starting eleven on Tuesday, with manager Conte set to make a last minute call on the Frenchman’s fitness. Elsewhere, Gary Cahill could return to the starting line-up, after being dropped to the bench for Saturday’s win over Bournemouth. Victor Moses remains out with a hamstring injury, and Davide Zappacosta is set to replace the Nigerian.

Although a tough fixture for Chelsea, three points in the game would put the Blues in a commanding position in the group. A win on Tuesday would move the side five points clear of both Atletico and Roma with only two group stage games remaining.

However, Chelsea’s form in Italy in recent seasons has not been impressive. The Blues are winless in their last five fixtures away to Italian sides in the Champions League, drawing one and losing four.