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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Prediction & Match Preview

Shakhtar Donetsk

Roma

18 March 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Europa League Olimpiysky Sports Complex

Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma face each other at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in the Europa League last 16, return leg. 

The Miners failed to impress in the 3-0 loss at Stadio Olimpico, with the team facing an uphill task in Thursday’s clash. 

Shakhtar Donetsk rolled over Desna 4-0 in the national championship at the weekend, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Giallorossi.

The Romans, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 defeat to Parma, but they are with one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals. 

Since the Serie A side will be without key midfielder Mkhitaryan in the second leg, we are not tempted to put our money on the visiting team. 

Taking everything into account, a close encounter is on the cards, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Shakhtar Donetsk Roma played so far 7 matches.
Shakhtar Donetsk won 4 direct matches. Roma won 3 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.86 goals per Match.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Prediction

Shakhtar Donetsk in actual season average scored 1.93 goals per match. In 13 (81.25%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (50.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Roma average scored 2.05 goals per match in season 2021. In 16 (88.89%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (66.67%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Roma's most productive duo in terms of goal involvements this term - former Shakhtar favourite Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who came off injured in the first half of the first leg - and Jordan Veretout are both injured and unavailable for the journey east.

Additionally, reserve defender Juan Jesus tested positive for COVID-19 last week and continues to self-isolate, while Chris Smalling is out of action again. The former Manchester United man's latest injury concern of a heavily disrupted campaign is a thigh problem sustained late last week.

However, fellow centre-back Roger Ibanez returned to the squad at the weekend and could start alongside Marash Kumbulla and Gianluca Mancini in Smalling's absence.

It is expected that captain Lorenzo Pellegrini will be rested ahead of the major clash with Napoli at the weekend, so Bryan Cristante may start alongside either Gonzalo Villar or Amadou Diawara in midfield. Meanwhile, the central striker's role remains a tug-of-war between current incumbent Edin Dzeko and previous Europa League regular Borja Mayoral.

Home manager Luis Castro has a mostly fit and rested squad to choose from, after the Shakhtar supremo rotated his starting XI against Desna last weekend.

Much-admired Israeli forward Manor Solomon may be in contention to start, having bagged a brace in league action, but one of the club's customarily burgeoning Brazilian-born contingent - Ukraine international Marlos - is favourite to play in support of Junior Moraes up front.

Deep-lying midfielder Taras Stepanenko remains out of commission with a knee injury sustained late last month, so Maycon continues to run the hosts' engine room.

Shakhtar Donetsk possible starting lineup:
Trubin; Dodo, Matvienko, Vitao, Ismaily; Maycon; Tete; Marlos, Patrick, Taison; Moraes

Roma possible starting lineup:
Lopez; Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla; Karsdorp, Cristante, Villar, Peres; Pedro, El Shaarawy; Mayoral


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