Chelsea FC host Roma in matchday 3 of the Champions League and the Blues will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing home loss to Crystal Palace. Alvaro Morata could come back from the hamstring injury that forced him to miss Saturday’s game.
Davide Zappacosta comes in as a substitute for Victor Moses who also suffer aa hamstring injury, Chelsea will likewise be without versatile midfielder N’Golo Kante (hamstring) and Danny Drinkwater (calf). with both out of the match, the midfield looks somewhat short of firepower and Conte could opt to play David Luiz in the midfield.
The ‘Giallorossi’ welcome back key player Kevin Strootman and Stephan El Shaarawy after both missed weekend defeat to Napoli but before that. The Giallorossi had won six of their last seven games and with 18 goals, they will feel confident going forward against the West London team.
However, they will to manage without the services of Gregoire Defrel (thigh), Emerson (knee), Kostas Manolas (thigh), Abdullahi Nura ( thigh) and Patrik Schick (hamstring).
Chelsea has scored no less than two goals in 88% of their last eight Champions League home games, while Roma has conceded at least two of every 67% of their last six outing.
Prediction : Over 1.5
Possible Chelsea Starting Line-ups ( 3-5-2):
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Luiz, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata.
Possible AS Roma Starting Line-ups ( 4-3-3):
Alisson, Peres, Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman, Pellegrini, El Shaarawy, Dzeko.
Bayern Munich vs Celtic
Things have not been quite good for German champions “Bayern Munich” so far this season, with their aging squad starting to show poor splits that undermine their dominance in the Bundesliga. However, the Bavarian still remain a huge threat in Europe Elite competition regardless of their recent crack in management, and Celtic will be exceptionally worried over their chance to subdue Bayern’s firepower tonight.
Ageing squad or not, the fact that Bayern Munich has won eight of their 12 competitive games this season and has scored 35 times in this period too, and now face a Celtic side whose defensive prowess in something to wary of.
While Celtic are in a fine run of form right now and Brendan Rodgers’ led men will hoping to pull off a surprise at the Allianz Arena. They are unbeaten in their last six games in all competition.
Bayern Munich has won one and drawn one of their last two meetings with the Scottish Champions, which came in the 2003/2004 Champions League.
Bayern Munich also has won 93% of their last 15 home games in the Champions League, with 67% of them seeing no less than four goals. They have won by no less than a two-goal margin in 67% of them as well.
Possible Bayern Munich Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Ulreich; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba; Vidal, Thiago; Robben, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski
Possible Celtic Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair; Griffiths
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