Qarabag may have very little hope of making it through this Champions League group, but they will be hoping to display more mettle than they managed in their opener earlier this month. They travelled to London to face off with Chelsea, which culminated in the Premier League champions handing out a 6-0 battering to the Azerbaijanis.
In this first ever group stage match in Azerbaijan, a lot of unknowns are bound to rule the day. Sometimes, playing against a very good team at a ground you know well is easier than going to a much smaller side with a brand new ground. That's what Roma face, as well as a far-flung country with almost guaranteed strange accommodations.
Roma are also on a long winless streak in matches held away from home in the Champions League. It has been nine games without an away win in this competition, and that is a big reason why they have failed so regularly in Europe and have lost some of their big players to other teams down the years.
Roma are definitely in this category of bigger teams, and they have looked very impressive at times this season. They played out a goalless draw against Atletico Madrid in their group stage opener and have since won all three of their following Serie A games.
Roma -1 is at 6/5, and that is a very safe bet and a good one because they should win, but it's not a certainty they can run the score up.
Qarabag: Gurban Gurbanov has no injuries or suspensions to account for ahead of this tough match with the side from Rome.
Roma: Defensive trio Nura Abdullahi, Rick Karsdorp, and Emerson are injured, as is striker Patrik Schick. Winger Diego Perotti is also a doubt.
|Qarabag||+1 (+115)||+650||2½ (-135)o|
|Roma||-1 (-140)||-235||2½ (+110)u|
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Qarabag - Last 6 Games
|22/09/2017||Qarabag - Sumgayit Sheher Sumgayit||4 : 1 (0 : 1) (4 : 0)||Premier League|
|17/09/2017||Qarabag - Kapaz Ganja||2 : 0 (1 : 0) (1 : 0)||Premier League|
|12/09/2017||Chelsea - Qarabag||6 : 0 (2 : 0) (4 : 0)||Champions League Gr.C|
|26/08/2017||Qarabag - Gabala||2 : 1 (0 : 0) (2 : 1)||Premier League|
|23/08/2017||FC København - Qarabag||2 : 1 (1 : 0) (1 : 1)||Champions League Playoff Round|
|19/08/2017||Qarabag - FK Inter Baku||1 : 0 (0 : 0) (1 : 0)||Premier League|
Roma - Last 6 Games
|23/09/2017||AS Roma - Udinese||3 : 1 (3 : 0) (0 : 1)||(W)||Serie A|
|20/09/2017||Benevento - AS Roma||0 : 4 (0 : 2) (0 : 2)||(W)||Serie A|
|16/09/2017||AS Roma - Hellas Verona||3 : 0 (2 : 0) (1 : 0)||(W)||Serie A|
|12/09/2017||AS Roma - Atlético Madrid||0 : 0 (0 : 0) (0 : 0)||(D)||Champions League Gr.C|
|01/09/2017||AS Roma - Chapecoense||4 : 1 (3 : 0) (1 : 1)||(W)||International Friendlies|
|26/08/2017||AS Roma - Inter||1 : 3 (1 : 0) (0 : 3)||(L)||Serie A|