Ahead of the latest round of Champions League action, Sportsmail will provide you with all you need to know, with team news, provisional squads, betting odds and Opta stats. Here is all the information you need for Manchester City’s clash against Roma.
Manchester City vs Roma – The Etihad Stadium
Kick-off: Tuesday 7.45pm – ITV1
Odds (subject to change):
Managers: Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City), Rudi Garcia (Roma)
Head-to-head league record: Teams have never played each other
Stevan Jovetic is back in the Manchester City squad to face Roma in the Champions League on Thursday after the Montenegro striker missed five matches with a hamstring injury.
Fernando took part in light training ahead of the match but his groin problem will see him absent from the squad, as is fellow midfielder Samir Nasri who is recovering from groin surgery.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini has indicated Joe Hart will return in goal in place of Willy Caballero.
Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Nastasic, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Sinclair, Milner, Navas, Toure, Lampard, Fernandinho, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko, Aguero.
Stevan Jovetic is back in the Manchester City squad to face Roma in the Champions League
Drogba, who scored the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup final win before leaving Chelsea, started the opening 1-1 draw with Schalke in place of Costa, but the 36-year-old was a shadow of the player who dominated Premier League and European defences for eight years during his first spell.
He is still awaiting the first goal of his second spell at Stamford Bridge, but it will not come against Sporting on Tuesday night.
Costa, meanwhile, has made a phenomenal start to his Chelsea career and netted his eighth goal in six Premier League games against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Ramires (groin) was the only other senior player not among the 20-man squad, with the Brazil midfielder likely out of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.
Midfielder/defender Nathan Ake travelled as part of the group, as did goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney, with Mark Schwarzer ineligible in Champions League competition.
Key match stats (supplied by Opta)
Manchester City have lost three successive Champions League matches; their worst-ever run in European competition.
Man City have won just one of their last seven European meetings with Italian sides (L4 D2).
Roma have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine Champions League matches, conceding an average of two goals a game during this run (18 goals conceded).
Roma’s 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow on MD1 was their best-ever victory in the Champions League.
Three of Manchester City’s last four European meetings with Italian clubs have ended 1-1.
Sergio Aguero has averaged a goal every two games in the Champions League for Manchester City (nine goals in 18 appearances).
Sergio Aguero has averaged a goal every two games in the Champions League for Manchester City
Aguero has scored five goals in his last five Champions League appearances at the Etihad Stadium.
Ashley Cole could become only the 11th English player to play for a non-British side in the Champions League.
Cole could become the fifth English player to play against a Premier League team for a non-British side in the Champions League.
The top three passers on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League were Roma players – Miralem Pjanic (116), Radja Nainggolan (111) and Seydou Keita (103).
The last English team to lose their opening two group stage games in the Champions League were Blackburn Rovers in 1995-96.
Roma had the two oldest players on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League – Totti (37y 355 d) and De Sanctis (37y 175d).