THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE continues on Tuesday night. Here Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) picks out his favourite fancies from Chelsea’s contest away at Roma.
Roma v Chelsea | Tuesday 31st October 2017, 19:45 | BT Sport
Roma have surprised many this campaign. Although they caught the eye in the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge, they’ve been performing impressively, with great efficiency on all fronts this season.
Understandable question marks were thrown Roma’s way after Luciano Spalletti opted to take charge at Inter. But Eusebio di Francesco has gone in and continued on the solid foundation left in place.
They boast the best defensive record in the Serie A, conceding just five in 10 games and have kept four clean sheets in their last six at the Stadio Olimpico, which includes a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.
However, in recent weeks goals have been an issue. Four of Roma’s last five matches have featured Under 1.5 Goals.
Blues suited to the road?
Chelsea aren’t the easiest side to call. It’s become clear over the last few months that Antonio Conte is far from happy. They look a shadow of the side who blitzed their way through the second half of last season.
Yet despite the losses to Burnley and Crystal Palace, Chelsea have shown in wins away to Spurs and Atletico that we can never write them off. The Blues have won five of their six away trips this season and tend to be suited to games in which they can soak up pressure and then look early in behind.
Back to basics
The absence of N’Golo Kante has been detrimental for Conte, the back three has been left exposed and this is represented through the fact they’ve conceded eight goals in the five games he’s missed. I think it will be a case of back to basics here.
The 3-3 draw two weeks ago was chaotic. Conte will have his side back to their organised selves.
Under 2.5 goals is odds-against, probably due to the reverse encounter, and so we can take the 5/4 (Betfair) on offer.
Roma v Chelsea – Under 2.5 Goals (5/4 Betfair)