CSKA Moskva need to bounce back from a resounding loss at Roma but have already impressed at home in Group G.
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Roma moved to the top of Group G with an emphatic home win against CSKA Moskva on matchday three and travel to Russia for the reverse fixture looking for more of the same.
• Edin Džeko scored twice in the first half in Rome and set up Cengiz Ünder for the other five minutes into the second period as Roma made it two wins in a row.
• That gave the Italian side six points, level with Real Madrid, and took them above CSKA, who have four points. Viktoria Plzeň have a single point to their name, meaning the Czech champions will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose and Roma win in Russia – where the Giallorossi are unbeaten.
• Roma picked up four points when the sides met in the 2014/15 group stage, winning 5-1 in Italy – the only home victory in the clubs' four contests prior to matchday three – before a 1-1 draw in Russia.
• In the 1991/92 European Cup Winners' Cup first round, Roma went through on away goals thanks to a 2-1 first-leg win in Moscow; the Giallorossi progressed despite a 1-0 reverse in the home return.
• Having come from two goals down to salvage a point at Plzeň on matchday one, CSKA built on that result as Nikola Vlašić – who had scored an added-time penalty equaliser against Plzeň – got the only goal, in the second minute, to defeat Real Madrid in Moscow.
• This is CSKA's 12th UEFA Champions League campaign, equalling the Russian record previously held alone by Spartak Moskva.
• In 2017/18 CSKA finished third behind Manchester United and Basel in their UEFA Champions League section, going on to beat Crvena zvezda and Lyon in the UEFA Europa League before losing to Arsenal in the quarter-finals (1-4 away, 2-2 home).
• The Russian club won four of their eight European home games in 2017/18 (D1 L3), although they lost two of three in the group stage.
• Excluding qualifying ties, and despite the win against Madrid, CSKA have won only three of their last 12 European home fixtures (D4 L5).
• CSKA have lost three of their last five European fixtures at home to Italian clubs (W1 D1), all the defeats coming against Internazionale – including in the last such encounter, a 3-2 reverse in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Having opened with a 3-0 loss at holders Real Madrid, the Italian side bounced back by beating Plzeň 5-0 on matchday two, their record UEFA Champions League victory.
• Third in Serie A in 2017/18, Roma are in the group stage for an 11th time and the fourth in five years.
• Roma, runners-up in the 1983/84 European Cup, reached the semi-finals last season, losing to Liverpool. They finished top of a group including Chelsea and Atlético Madrid, before beating Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona in the knockout rounds – the latter particularly memorable, as a 4-1 away defeat was followed by a 3-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico – before succumbing to Liverpool.
• The loss in Madrid on matchday one made it five successive away defeats in Europe for Roma. They lost all three away matches in last season's knockout rounds – conceding 11 goals in the process – and also went down 2-0 at Atlético on matchday five.
• Roma won only one of their six away games in last season's UEFA Champions League – 2-1 at Qarabağ on matchday two – and have tasted victory in only three of their last 18 European away encounters (D6 L9).
• The Giallorossi are, however, unbeaten in Russia, winning on their first three visits before that 1-1 draw with CSKA in 2014..
Links and trivia
• Has played in Russia:
Iván Marcano (Rubin Kazan 2012–14)
• Have played in Italy:
Abel Hernández (Palermo 2009–14)
Hördur Magnússon (Juventus 2010–15, Spezia 2013/14 loan, Cesena 2014–16 loan)
• Have played together:
Abel Hernández & Javier Pastore (Palermo 2009–11)
• International team-mates:
Nikola Vlašić & Ante Ćorić (Croatia)
• On 27 July CSKA beat city rivals Lokomotiv 1-0 to win the Russian Super Cup, Khetag Khosonov scoring the extra-time winner.
• Fedor Chalov is the Russian Premier League's top scorer after 13 games with eight goals.
• CSKA's nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W5 D4) was ended by a 1-0 home loss against Lokomotiv on 7 October. They have won only once in five fixtures since, losing two plus a 3-0 defeat on penalties against second division Tyumen on 10 October after a 1-1 draw in the Russian Cup round of 32.
• CSKA were held 0-0 at Dinamo Moskva on Saturday.
• Nikola Vlašić has five goals in his last nine CSKA appearances.
• Konstantin Kuchaev (knee) is back in full training having not played this season while Khosonov (metаtarsal) made his first appearance since 31 July in the 2-0 win at Anji on 19 October.
• Jaka Bijol was out between 13 and 28 October with a muscle injury picked up on international duty with Slovenia.
• Kristijan Bistrović had ankle surgery on 5 September while Viktor Vasin is still recovering from a cruciate ligament injury suffered in February. Aleksandr Makarov is back in training after recovering from his own cruciate problem.
• Georgi Schennikov (groin) had been out since 18 August and Abel Hernández (thigh) since 15 September; both returned as second-half substitutes at Dinamo.
• Aleksandar Kolarov made his 50th UEFA Champions League appearance on matchday three.
• Robin Olsen's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.
• Roma have won five of their last eight games in all competitions, losing one. They drew 1-1 at Fiorentina on Saturday, Alessandro Florenzi earning a point with his second Serie A goal of the season – doubling his 2017/18 total.
• Edin Džeko has scored six goals in his last six games in all competitions.
• Roma have so far conceded 14 goals in 11 Serie A games; at this stage last season, they had shipped seven.
• Javier Pastore was out with a calf problem between 29 September and 20 October, when he returned as substitute against SPAL; he suffered a recurrence of the injury in the game and has not played since, although he was an unused substitute on Saturday.
• Daniele De Rossi (right knee) and Kostas Manolas (thigh) suffered injuries during the 1-1 draw at Napoli on 28 October; the latter was an unused replacement at Fiorentina.
• Justin Kluivert suffered a thigh injury against SPAL on 20 October, making his return as a second-half substitute at the weekend.
• Diego Perotti has not played since picking up a calf injury in a 2-0 loss at Bologna on 23 September. Rick Karsdorp (thigh) has not played since 16 September.