Roma vs Shakhtar by Isaiah
In very open first leg game, players of Roma had all the chances to walk away with a more positive outcome, even had the lead with a goal from Under at the end of the first halftime which they did dominate however the Ukrainians bounced back with much improved performance in the second part.
The game became even more open, while the home team used their chances better and reverted the scoreline thanks to goals from Ferreyra and Fred, in a match that could have easily gone both ways. Anyway, Roma is still a favorite to progress further, however it won't be an easy game at all for the Italians.
As for the domestic league, they improved form with two recent victories, away from home against Napoli 2:4 and in front of own fans last Friday winning 3:0 against Torino. They now stand at third position with three points more than local rivals from Lazio and four more than fifth and Europa League placed Inter.
Roma should be set playing in a version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Dzeko as central striker, plus Perotti, Nainggolan and Under as offensive midfielders most likely. Right back Rick Karsdorp (1/0) should be their only absentee worry for this one.
Shakhtar can be satisfied with a narrow lead from the first game, especially since they were down in the scoreline and the match could have fairly gone even more to the side of their visitors. The team have shown some great effort in front of opponents goal and no doubt that they will need more of that in the returning leg.
As for the domestic league, Shakhtar comes from a 3:0 victory away from home against Karpaty as they now have five victories in first five competitive games since the re-start of the domestic league, conceding only one goal in first four rounds of the domestic league.
They kept leading the table with six points more than second placed Dynamo Kiev and no doubt that they are hot favorites for another Ukrainian Premier League title.
Visitors should continue in 4-2-3-1 formation with Ferreyra as central striker, but also with the help of Marlos, Taison and Bernard in offense. Central back Sergey Krivtsov (9/2) was sidelined since he picked up injury in the first leg and should miss out this one too, while right back and team leader Darijo Srna (8/0) won't play due suspension.
- Shakhtar have won their last 4 matches against Roma.
- Roma have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Shakhtar.
First game was quite open, became only more tactical towards the end when the Ukrainians got their lead. That's when more fould and cards occured, something that I believe will continue in this one. Can't see many scenarios in the second leg where we don't see a handful of yellow cards and pretty much ugly and tactical game.