On Thursday evening, Roma and Feyenoord will wrap up their Europa League quarter-final match at Stadio Olimpico. Last week, they had a closely contested game in Rotterdam, where Feyenoord emerged victorious with a 1-0 scoreline. Feyenoord had lost to Roma in the Europa Conference League final last year, and this win put them closer to eliminating Roma from this year’s Europa League.
However, Roma is a strong team at home and won three consecutive Serie A games without conceding a goal. Therefore, they can pose a tough challenge for Feyenoord in the upcoming match.
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Roma–Feyenoord match preview
On Thursday, Roma and Feyenoord will play the second leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals at Stadio Olimpico. Last week, the two teams faced each other in the first leg in the Netherlands, where Feyenoord emerged victorious with a 1-0 win thanks to Mats Wieffer’s 53rd-minute goal.
This was the first time that Feyenoord defeated Roma, and they will aim to continue their winning momentum in the upcoming match.
On Sunday, Roma won their Serie A match against Udinese with a 3-0 scoreline, thanks to goals from Edoardo Bove, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Tammy Abraham.
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Meanwhile, the visitors Feyenoord won their Eredivisie match against an opponent with goals from Santiago Giménez, Sebastian Szymański, and an own goal from Calvin Mac-Intosch, earning them a 3-0 away win. This win was Feyenoord’s revenge for their 1-0 loss to Roma in the UEFA Europa Conference League final last season.
However, Feyenoord will have to be cautious in the upcoming match as they hold a slim lead, and Roma has been performing well at home in the Europa League this season.
Roma possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Zalewski, Cristante, Matic, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Wijnaldum; Belotti
Feyenoord possible starting lineup:
Bijlow; Geertruida, Trauner, Hancko, Hartman; Kokcu, Wieffer, Szymanski; Jahanbakhsh, Gimenez, Idrissi
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Jose Mourinho included Tammy Abraham in the lineup for the league win over Udinese, after the English striker had suffered an injury scare and limped off in the first leg against Feyenoord. Abraham scored in that match and his return to the team will be crucial as Roma tries to overcome the one-goal deficit. Mourinho is waiting for an update on Paulo Dybala’s injury and the player will undergo a fitness test before the match.
Roma has a good home record, winning seven out of their last eight games, and keeping clean sheets in those victories. They are optimistic about a positive outcome.
On the other hand, Feyenoord has been in good form, with just one loss in all competitions since November, and an unbeaten record in their travels.
The prediction is that they will hold the hosts to a draw, securing their spot in the semi-finals.
Prediction: Roma 1–1 Feyenoord
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Date, kick-off time, venue
Roma and Feyenoord will lock horns on Thursday, April 20, when they meet at Stadio Olimpico for their Europa League quarter-final second leg tie at 19:00 UTC.