Atlético Madrid will travel to the Stadio Olimpico to face AS Roma in its first match in the Champion League group stages, as los colchoneros look to regain momentum after their 0-0 draw against Valencia over the weekend.
This will be Atlético’s first visit to Rome in over 18 years, and this will be the two sides’ first meeting this millennium. The last meeting came in the 1998/99 UEFA Cup quarterfinals, in which Atleti handled the Romans with ease, winning 4-2 on aggregate.
Atlético rested a number of its starters against Valencia, and fans will probably see the return of Diego Godín and José Giménez in central defense, in addition Šime Vrsaljko at right-back. After serving his suspension, Antoine Griezmann is set to come back as well.
Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco is expected to be without Czech center-forward Patrik Schick and Italian left-back Emerson. However, Italian international Alessandro Florenzi may make his return to the pitch, which would be a big boost for the Romans; the Italy international tore his left ACL last October and has not played since.
This match should be a lot like the last two between these teams, and we’re predicting the same scoreline. As mentioned previously, Diego Simeone’s decision to rest some of his starters over the weekend should pay off here. With his side at full-strength, there’s very little probability that El Cholo loses this game. But we’ll see!
D: Vrsaljko, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luís
M: Koke, Thomas, Saúl, Carrasco
F: Griezmann, Correa
2-1 Atlético win.
How to Watch:
Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Kick off time: 7:45 p.m CEST, 2:45 p.m. EST, 11:45 a.m. PST
SB Nation opposition blog: Chiesa di Totti
Available TV/streaming: Movistar +, beIN LaLiga (Spain), Sky Sports Football (UK), Fox Soccer Plus (US)
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