Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma preview, betting tips and predictions: Giallorossi must stay in tie over in Ukraine

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Roma have a rather tough task in the Champions League last 16 when they face Shakhtar Donetsk. They may not be as tough on paper as Bayern Munich, or even Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, whom they beat in the group stage to finish top, but the Geographical element will have a huge baring on the tie. The Ukraine is not only one of the coldest places to be in Europe in February, but it is a lot further from Rome than many other possible opponents at this stage. Eusebio D Francesco’s men have already beaten Azebaijani side Qarabag, but Shakhtar have some real European pedigree and will prove a much sterner test.

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On paper, Napoli should have been joining Manchester City in progressing from Shakhtar’s group, but home wins over both laid the groundwork for their campaign. Further wins over Feyenoord saw them through and, given Roma’s recent defensive troubles, their own solidity will afford them an opportunity to continue their campaign even further.

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Shakhtar are sitting top of the Ukrainian Premier League and six points clear of Dinamo Kyiv in second place, though they do have a game in hand. They only have three defeats to their name domestically, having scored 43 goals and conceded just 18.

Roma have not had the best of seasons under the new Monchi/Di Francesco regime, but they still find themselves well in the race for a top three finish and another season in the Champions League. Keeping Edin Dzeko in January, amid interest from Chelsea, was vital.

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