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Madrid vs Roma: Los Blancos set for Europe without Ronaldo

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 19/09/2018

Real Madrid is set for Europe adventure without Cristiano Ronaldo as they take on A.S Roma in the opening game of the Champions League in Group G at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Here are facts and details you need to know ahead of the clash against Eusebio Di Francesco's men.

TEAM NEWS:

REAL MADRID:

The defending Champions have no fresh injury concern going into the match against AS Roma, Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriozola have made a quick recovery ahead of time but both players are likely to settle for a bench role.

A.S ROMA:

The Serie A team has no fresh injury concerns, in fact, so he may well go with the same XI that played out a 2-2 draw with Chievo at the weekend.

HEAD TO HEAD:

Both teams have met severally since the turn of this millennium, this will be their 11th meeting since their first clash in September 2001.

The first six matches came in the group stage, with Madrid picking up 13 points from a possible 18, but it was Roma who came out on top in 2007-08 last 16, prevailing 4-2 on aggregate.

Real Madrid won the last meeting winning the two legs, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo individual effort.

RECENT FORM:

REAL MADRID:

Real Madrid's form has been nice this season and the European giants have adjusted to life after Cristiano Ronaldo well having won three of their four La Liga games and one ended in a draw.

A.S ROMA:

Eusebio Di Francesco's men form has not been so brilliant this season, they managed to win just one game in their last five matches, their last game against Chievo in the Serie A ended in a draw despite taking a 2-0 lead, Chievo fought back to draw the game.

PREDICTION:

Real Madrid 3-1 A.S Roma

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:

Courtois; Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Bale

Roma possible starting lineup:

Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Pellegrini, N'Zonzi, Cristante; Under, Dzeko, El Shaarawy
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