UEFA Champions League – Shakhtar Donetsk-Roma – Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma: line-ups, Fantasy tips, form guide
Reporter’s view: Shakhtar have won all three of their previous #UCL round of 16 home games and took nine points in three Group F matches in their European base of Kharkhiv this season, including wins against Napoli and Manchester City. The Pitmen can deliver in crucial matches. Paulo Fonseca has a full squad to pick from and has spent at least a month laying the groundwork for this game. What more could a coach ask for?
Shakhtar: Pyatov; Butko, Kryvtsov, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos, Taison, Bernard; Ferreyra
Out: Srna (suspended), Malyshev (knee)
- Added to squad since group stage: Dodô, Ruslan Fomin, Vyacheslav Tankovskiy
Roma: Alisson; Bruno Peres, Fazio, Manolas, Kolarov; De Rossi, Strootman; Cengiz Ünder, Nainggolan, Perotti; Džeko
Out: Karsdorp (knee), Gonalons (calf), Luca Pellegrini (knee)
Doubtful: Florenzi (illness)
- Added to squad since group stage: none
Fantasy Football top point scorers
Shakhtar: Marlos, midfielder (29 points, €6.4m)
Roma: Aleksandar Kolarov, defender (31 points, €5.8m)
Where to watch
Shakhtar 5-0 Chornomorets
Udinese 0-2 Roma
*All competitions, most recent first
Paulo Fonseca, Shakhtar coach
It will be a very intense, tactical game. Both teams will impose their styles and refuse to betray their footballing principles. Roma are a great team with strong players and an excellent coach. I can’t compare this Shakhtar team with the one that beat Roma in 2011 [under Mircea Lucescu]. Now we have a completely different team. This is a different style of football.
Eusebio Di Francesco, Roma coach
We’ve got to try to avoid dips in concentration. There will be times when we will be in charge, and then there will be moments when we are up against a side who, being so good on the ball, will force us on to the back foot. I’ve seen my team improve a lot, and I hope to see more evidence here. We will try to maintain continuity with the way we’ve been playing of late.