In a battle between two of the most historic clubs in European football, Real Madrid take on AS Roma in a clash with major consequences over which side finishes top in Group G of the Champions League.
Los Blancos find themselves level on nine points with their Italian counterparts heading into their meeting, with top spot firmly up for grabs.
With a humiliating weekend loss to Eibar fresh in the memory of last season’s Champions League winners, Roma may well fancy causing another upset and adding to Madrid’s recent misery. With all this in mind, check out 90min’s preview for Tuesday’s game below.
How to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Tuesday 27 November|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||20:00 (GMT)|
|Where Is it Played?||Stadio Olimpico|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||BT Sport ESPN|
After a 1-0 defeat to Udinese, manager Eusebio di Francesco will have to contend with two fresh injury blows after both Lorenzo Pellegrini and goalkeeper Robin Olsen picked up knocks and remain doubtful for Tuesday night.
With the iconic Daniele De Rossi and the influential Diego Perotti and Javier Pastore already ruled out for I Giallorossi, Roma head into the game severely weakened. However, the expected return of Greek centre-back Kostas Manolas will be a welcome boost for the home side.
The visitors have also had their fair share of misfortune over injuries recently with Brazilian Casemiro ruled out for three weeks and teammate Nacho Fernandez suffering a knee ligament injury. Right-back Dani Carvajal returned from a two month lay-off to come off the bench against Eibar and is in line to start against Roma.
|AS Roma||Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Nzonzi, Cristante, Under, Zaniolo; El Shaarawy, Dzeko.|
|Real Madrid||Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Isco, Modric; Asensio, Bale, Benzema|
Head to Head Record
The two European giants have become familiar foes in recent years, with all 11 of their previous Champions League meetings coming from September 2001 onwards. Los Blancos have won seven of those, including a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture this season thanks to goals from Isco, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz.
Roma’s last victory in this clash came in the last 16 of the 2007/2008 campaign when they won both legs 2-1, before getting knocked out to eventual winners Manchester United at the quarter-finals stage.
The Giallorossi’s form has been incredibly mixed in recent weeks with a resounding 4-1 win over Sampdoria followed by a disappointing defeat to relegation threatened Udinese. In the Champions League however, Di Francesco’s side have fared better.
After falling to Madrid on the opening matchday at the Santiago Bernabeu, Roma have rattled off three successive victories including an impressive 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen.
Like the home side, Madrid come into Wednesday’s game on the back of a surprising defeat. The loss to Eibar marked Solari’s first defeat at the club after opening his managerial reign with four consecutive wins.
The result leaves Madrid five points off arch-rivals Barcelona, and find themselves out of the Champions League places after a disastrous start to the season under former manager Julen Lopetegui.
Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:
|AS Roma||Real Madrid|
|Udinese 1-0 Roma (24/11)||Eibar 3-0 Real Madrid (24/11)|
|Roma 4-1 Sampdoria (11/11)||Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid (11/11)|
|CSKA Moscow 1-2 Roma (07/11)||Plzen 0-5 Real Madrid (07/11)|
|Fiorentina 1-1 Roma (03/11)||Real Madrid 2-0 Valladolid (03/11)|
|Napoli 1-1 Roma (28/10)||Melilla 0-4 Real Madrid (31/10)|
Until the weekend defeat to Eibar, Solari had seemingly turned Madrid around the corner. But after another embarrassing loss and performance, the questions have begun to be asked over the temperament and attitude of the side.
However, for all their La Liga troubles, Los Blancos remain a formidable side in European competition. A surprising 1-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow aside, the reigning Champions League winners have been in fine form in the group stages.
With Roma set to be without several key stars, and both sides knowing qualification to the knockout stages virtually already secured, Madrid’s extra individual quality may just guide them to victory and seal top spot in Group G.
Prediction: AS Roma 1-3 Real Madrid