In search of the qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, Roma faces Qarabag, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday, December 5. The clash is part of the schedule of the sixth and final round of the group stage of the 2017/2018 competition. It will be held from 17:45 (Brasília time) at the Olympic stadium in the Italian capital.
The teams are in Group C, which have Chelsea as the leader and already ranked with ten points. The Italians are right behind with eight. They are followed by Atlético de Madrid, who has six. Qarabag is in fourth place with two points and will not leave this situation.
Rome’s recent performance
Italians can look both up and down the leaderboard. They can both overcome Chelsea, who at the same time faces Atletico Madrid in London, as chances of being overcome by the Spanish.
To secure the position without depending on another result, only the draw is not enough. That would lead the Romans to nine points allowing the team of the Spanish capital to match the score. Atletico would take the best in the first tiebreaker, which is the direct confrontation. It drew without goals in Rome and won by 2 to 0 in its stadium.
If the Spanish team can not make it through Chelsea, Roma will have their vacancy in the final guaranteed octaves even in case of defeat. To reach first place in the group, which would avoid in the next phase a confrontation with another key champion, it is necessary the victory married with a stumble of the English. In this case, the Italians take advantage in direct confrontation.
Expelled in a 2-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the fifth round, experienced midfielder Daniele de Rossi (ten matches in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship) will not be able to play. Must comply with automatic suspension. They must also be left out but by injury, defender Rick Karsdorp (a game, no goal) and striker Gregoire Defrel (eight games, no goal).
On Friday, December 1, those under coach Eusebio di Francesco won, also in the Olympic stadium, the tiny Spal for the fifteenth round of the Italian Serie A. With that, they reached 34 points (11 wins, one draw and two losses). They occupy the fourth position with five points less than the Internazionale, leader. However, Roma made a match less than the Milanese team.
The current form of the Qarabag
Qarabag also served on Friday. For the fourteenth round of the Azerbaijan Championship, they beat the home team Neftci Baku 1-0. It was enough to maintain the lead of the tournament. He now has 34 points (11 wins, a draw and a loss). They are three more than the Gabala, deputy leader, who, however, made one more match.
Last week’s Azerbaijan Cup, the club showed their strength in local football advancing by beating Lokbatan 2-0. In the international fray, however, they will only meet the table on Tuesday. He does not even have a chance to fight for third place, which would give him the right to play for the European League in the second half.
History of the games between Roma and Qarabag
The first round match between the teams in the 2017/2018 Champions League was the first in history. The Romans won 2-1 in Azerbaijan.
Faced with a rival without any motivation and technical quality much lower, the match does not allow risk guesses. The success of Rome is the best choice. Presents a prize of 1.08 for each real invested in Rivalo. The prize for a draw is 10.00 and successful visitor allows the multiplication of the amount invested by 27. It is, of course, the biggest underdog in the final round of the group stage of the Champions League.
Roma win @ 1.08