The holders won thye first meeting 3-0 in Madrid and will be looking to completing a double in Rome (image courtesy Reuters)

Holders Real Madrid confront Italian side Roma in a Uefa Champions League top-of-the-table showdown in Rome on Tuesday night.

The Spanish club recorded a 3-0 win in the reverse match earlier this season, with Isco, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz on the scoresheet.

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The two sides have similar points, nine, but the European champions lead Group G because of their superior goal difference of eight.

While a draw could confirm qualification for the two sides, depending on the outcome of the CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen match, Real and Roma will want to finish on the roof of the group.

A win for either would see them progress to the knock-out stage with one game to spare.

So, what are the three things to expect?

1. Real’s upper hand

Real and Roma have met 11 times, with the defending champions having the upper hand in head to head. Real won seven of those while Roma managed only three.

2. Expect goals 

Roma have scored eight goals at home this season, while Real whitewashed Viktoria Plzen 5-0 in their last game on the road. Although the Italian side have not conceded any goal at home in this season’s Champions League, Real have scored in their two previous games away from home.

3. Expect a winner 

The two teams have not drawn any game in the competition this season. And with qualification for the last 16 at stake, a winner is likely to emerge.