Roma vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Roma have got off to an unbeaten start in the Serie A. Following back to back draws in their opening games, the squad picked up their first win last week at home with a 4-2 scoreline over Sassuolo. The hosts were certainly much the superior side in that clash which saw Paulo Fonseca’s men put the game to bed before the break.
The runners up of the 2018/19 Turkish Super Lig have got off to a horrendous start back in their respective domestic campaign and have tasted success just once in their last four games. The guests were at the losing end in their opening two games, while their most recent fixture saw them share the spoils with Sivasspor at home.
Istanbul Basaksehir will have to expect the worst when they make the trip to Rome this week as Fonseca’s side are sizing up to be the outrights favorites in this one.
Roma vs Istanbul Basaksehir Head to head (h2h)
The two teams have not previously locked horns with each other.
Roma vs Istanbul Basaksehir Prediction
The home team are undoubtedly the favorites to top Group J. The Italian outfit have not tasted defeat since the start of the new season and have already added eight goals to their tally, the second-most by any in the ladder at the moment.
Debutant Mkhitaryan has also chipped in with a goal of his own and will be a hot prospect to watch out for, should he feature this week.
The visitors have not been able to find a winning groove and have just one win to boast of from their last three outings. Furthermore, their previous trip across Europe saw them helplessly concede two unanswered goals against Olympiacos.
Two of the last three clashes for the hosts have seen them winning at half time. Taking into account that Istanbul Basaksehir are plying their trade in a much less competitive domestic league as well, there is certainly every reason to back Roma to be leading before the break.
Seven of the last eight goals for Fonseca’s men have come from their clashes on home soil. Considering that they hammered four past their foes in their last fixture as well, a high scoring clash with at least three goals or more is definitely in the reckoning.
Roma vs Istanbul Basaksehir Betting tips
Half time result: Roma @ 1.90 (9/10)
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.66 (2/3).