Roma positively surprised in their last European match on the road to Amsterdam, as they managed to be victorious over Ajax with a 1:2 result, in a very interesting and dynamic clash.
They were visibly pushed back during the first part and went on a break with a 1:0 deficit. Things could get much worse for the visitors from Italy, as the hosts missed a penalty in the 53rd, but with a great game in transition, Roma successfully managed to turn the result in their favor with goals over Pellegrini in the 57th and Ibanez in the 87th minute and punished the home side for their lack of sharpness at the finishing.
The Italians will miss suspended defensive midfielder Peres (24/1), plus injured central-back Kumbulla (16/1). Doubtful for the moment are central defender Smalling (14/0) and full-back Spinazzola (26/2).
Grasshoppers are entering this cup quarter-finals with high expectations, as they hold the first place Challenge League leaving their closest Thun with four points in deficit, and will most likely find themselves among the Swiss elite in the next season.
They did quite all right in their last clash on the road to Schaffhausen when they managed to record a routine 0:2 victory, looking good in the offense during the first part when both of their goals were scored.
They opted for a more defensive approach in the continuation, and even though the hosts created several decent opportunities, it wasn’t enough to overcome the well-modded goalkeeper of the visitors in this one.
The Blues did a good job in the first leg against Porto when they appeared confident enough and recorded a 0:2 victory, playing as a visiting side on a neutral location in Sevilla.
A team from London appeared much sharper at the finishing, even though it can not be said that the “hosts” were just standing aside, and took the lead first in the 32nd over Mount.
Chelsea had a slight ball possession advantage in the continuation and managed to double the lead in the 85th via Chilwell after he took advantage of a mistake that the opponent’s defense made, and created a pretty nice background for the upcoming second leg.
The Blues could miss central-back Christensen (13/0) and forward Abraham (20/6) hoping to recover on time for the match . Participation of midfielder Kante (26/0) is questionable at the moment.
WBA accomplished quite a result in the last round when they managed to overrun Chelsea in London, outplaying them with a convincing 2:5 result.
The visitors conceded first in the 27th but were given a huge advantage only two minutes later when Silva was excluded. They used in the best way possible, scoring two in the last minutes of the first part, and successfully added three more to the scoreline in the continuation, allowing the hosts to be effective only one more time back in the 71st, for a truly surprising win, considering their overall appearance in this season.
WBA occupies relegation leading 19th place, and this victory surely came at the perfect time to boost their morale.
West Ham had a very interesting and dynamic clash in the last round on the road against Wolves when they managed to record a close 2:3 victory.
They appeared almost perfect via counters scoring three after thirty-eight minutes of play but seemingly lost the momentum later on. The hosts took the initiative and reduced to 1:3 just before halftime, and with another one scored in the 68th, spiced this clash as much as possible. Luckily for West Ham, they stopped their progress, so the result remained unchanged.
The Hammers are doing quite well this season, currently being in 4th spot in the rankings, closely followed by Chelsea, which has only a point less.
Goalkeeper Randolph (2/0) is doutbful coming from an injury problem, while sidelined are central-back Ogbonna (23/2), midfielders Rice (29/1), Yarmolenko (14/0) and forward Antonio (21/7).
Eintracht positively surprised last time out in Bundesliga, as they managed to win over Dortmund with a 1:2 result, playing away from their home.
They took an early lead in the 11th minute when Schulz scored an own goal, but conceded an equalizer just before the halftime whistle. The second part brought us visibly more aggressive home side, but they paid a price of lacking creativity at the finishing in the 87th when Andre Silva added one more to the scoreline for the visitors and brought Eintracht valuable three points in this one.
Currently, Eintracht holds Champions League-leading 4th spot in the rankings, leaving their closest rivals Dortmund seven points in deficit.
After two consecutive defeats in Primeira, Portimonense bounced back in the best way possible in the last round, as they recorded a pretty convincing 1:5 away victory against Nacional.
As the result is saying, the guests were a completely dominant side in this clash, scoring two during the first part, and another three in the second, allowing the home side only a comforting one in the 68th minute, thus taking a valuable three points in this encounter in a match where they created really a lot.
Portimonense occupies the 13th spot on the table, having four points more than play-out placed Farense, and will definitely search for another three in the upcoming clash.
They miss central back Tagliapietra (3/0), and midfielders Sa (9/0) and Lucas Fernandes (7/0).
Ajax appeared quite confident in their last European clash when they found their way to the quarter-finals defeating Young Boys in both matches convincingly.
In the first leg at their home, they didn’t have any problems in recording a 3:0 victory, while only a week later, proved their domination on the road with a routine 0:2 win.
They are by far the best team this season in Eredivisie, as they firmly hold the leading spot, having eleven points more than their closest PSV and a game less played, and have every reason to approach this European clash with the Romans with only one thing in their mind.
The Dutch team misses goalkeeper Onana (20/0), central defender Blind (23/1), and striker Haller (12/7). Right-back Mazraoui (15/0) is doubtful with a head injury.
Inter continues with their good performances in Serie A, deservedly being at the leading spot on the table, having eight points more than their biggest rivals Milan.
In their last match on the road to Bologna, a team from Milano did just what it took for them to record a narrow 0:1 victory, and justified the role of a strong favorite.
Lukaku brought his team the lead in the 32nd minute when he found himself in the right place at the right time to catch a rebound, while the hosts simply lacked more creativity to do something more in this clash, even though they had the possession.
Midfielder Vidal (23/1) is out injured, while forward Perisic (25/2) is unlikely to play as well due to a muscle problem. Midfielder Brozovic (25/1) is suspended, as well as central-back Bastoni (25/0).
The Citizens didn’t have any problems at all in their last Champions League campaign appearance when they managed to progress further, winning over Gladbach with a routine 2:0 result in both matches.
They are approaching this clash with well-deserved confidence, as they practically secured their title this season, having fourteen points more than their closest Manchester United.
In addition, Manchester City was victorious in their latest clash last Saturday against Leicester when they outplayed them with a 0:2 result away from home, and have every reason to welcome the German squad with their heads up high.