With Atletico Madrid in third place and yet to win in the Champions League this season, it could be a major scalp for both sides. However, Roma have a game in hand at Sampdoria, who after walloping a decent Chievo side 4-1 at the weekend now have the best goals-for column of any team outside the top three and have scored more (22) than the other two teams above them - Inter and Roma.
"Kante has trained with us".
The rematch in Rome's Stadio Olympico after a 3-3 thriller in London two weeks ago did not disappoint the 55,000 crowd in Rome as Chelsea coach Antonio Conte was frustrated on his return to Italy. The home fans were enjoying themselves in the closing moments, sarcastically cheering whenever a Chelsea player completed a pass or took on a shot.
'That's what we have done over the last few weeks, so it is a good time for us to play a good game in Rome'.
The 17-year-old midfielder made his first start of the season for the west London club last week when he helped Chelsea to claim a 2-1 victory over Everton in the League Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge.
"Our group is a tough group with Atletico Madrid and Roma".
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: 'Romelu Lukaku should be untouchable'
United will secure a place in the last 16 if they beat Benfica and CSKA Moscow fail to do likewise against Basel. Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect of everyone. "We played well.
AS Roma: Alisson, Florenzi, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman, Perotti, Dzeko and former Milan striker El Shaarawy.
Ranieri, who now manages French side Nantes, has backed Antonio Conte to get the team back to their best. "Chelsea also has the Champions League and then it's not easy", Ranieri, who managed Chelsea from 2000-04, told the Evening Standard.
And a bad result would also heap more pressure on Conte's position in charge of the club ahead of Sunday's crucial clash with Manchester United. They got a draw against us but we're playing to win all three points'.
Conte's side have returned to the European competition strongly as they remain unbeaten at the top of their group and on the verge of qualification to the knockout stages.
Fabregas came off midway through the second half with Danny Drinkwater getting his Champions League debut.