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?

Possible line-ups

Shakhtar: Pyatov; Butko, Kryvtsov, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos, Taison, Bernard; Ferreyra
Out: Srna (suspended), Malyshev (knee)


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  • 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

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Fantasy Football top point scorers

Shakhtar: Marlos, midfielder (29 points, €6.4m)
Roma: Aleksandar Kolarov, defender (31 points, €5.8m)

Where to watch

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Weekend results

Cengiz Ünder has four goals in three games


Cengiz Ünder has four goals in three games©AFP/Getty Images

Shakhtar 5-0 Chornomorets
Udinese 0-2 Roma

Form guide*

Shakhtar: WLWWWW
Roma: WWWLDD

*All competitions, most recent first

Paulo Fonseca, Shakhtar coach

Shakhtar are in high spirits


Shakhtar are in high spirits©AFP/Getty Images

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.


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