Five things to keep in mind: Roma vs. BATE Borisov

Roma host BATE in their Champions League group stage finale tomorrow at the Stadio Olimpico. With a victory, the Giallorossi will advance to the Champions League Round of 16 for the first time since the 2010-2011 season, here are five things to keep in mind ahead of Roma’s tie against the Belarusian club:

1) Roma were without their star striker Edin Dzeko in their first meeting with BATE in Belarus when they fell 3-2. However, the Bosnian is expected to start for Rudi Garcia tomorrow and has managed five goals in his last eight appearances for club and country.

2) After suffering an ankle injury in Roma’s 2-0 Derby della Capitale victory, the club looks set to welcome back Mohamed Salah, who returned to full training with the group this week. The Egyptian international has managed 6 goals in all competitions for the Giallorossi this season and only Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho have more league goals.

3) While the defense has been below par, Roma are tied 4th for goals scored in the Champions League group stage, having scored 11 goals in 5 matches.

4) Should he partake in the match, Roma midfielder Seydou Keita will make his 66th Champions League appearance, the most of anyone on the Giallorossi’s roster.

5) If Roma finish 2nd and advance to the Champions League Round of 16, which begin on 16 February, they would draw a winner of any group except one from their own country and their own group. The clubs currently sitting first in their respective groups are: Real Madrid, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and FC Zenit. Should Roma qualify, they will learn their fate during the Round of 16 draw on 14 December.

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.