After securing a narrow advantage over Leverkusen in the first leg, Jose Mourinho's Roma is set to embark on a journey to BayArena for the crucial second leg of the semi-final, aiming to achieve a favorable result. Following their 1-0 defeat against Roma in the first leg, Leverkusen will be determined to mount a comeback and keep their hopes alive for the final showdown in the Europa League. The stage is set for a gripping encounter as both teams strive to leave their mark and advance to the next stage of the competition.
Leverkusen lost their fourth match against Roma as they lost the first leg. However, there are still chances for the German side to make a comeback in the tournament. The top bookmakers have Europa League odds on their platforms.
Roma have a good chance to reach the final of the Europa League as they already have an advantage of 1 goal. If they reach the finals, it will be a second consecutive final of a European competition under Jose Mourinho.
After a defeat against Roma in the first leg, Leverkusen witnessed a draw against VfB Stuttgart in a Bundesliga fixture. With possession of 47%, Exequiel Palacios was able to convert a penalty for Leverkusen in the 70th minute. According to history, Leverkusen has only progressed in one out of 11 games after losing the first leg in major European competitions. It is going to be a tough match for Leverkusen but they will be confident enough at the home ground.
Andrich (ankle), Kossounou (thigh), Lunev (back), and Schick (groin) are out of action because of their respective injuries.
Predicted Lineup: Hradecky (c) - Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapie - Frimpong, Palacios, Demirbay, Bakker - Wirtz - Diaby, Hlozek
When it comes to Serie A, Roma is not having a good time in the league and it seems like Mourinho and his boys are all focused on the Europa League. I Giallorossi will be travelling to Germany after witnessing a draw against Bologna. The game was mostly dominated by Bologna with 72% possession but Roma’s defence was strong enough to not allow any chances to the opposition.
Kubulla (cruciate ligament) and Karsdorp (knee) are in the injury room and won’t be travelling with the team.
Predicted Lineup: Rui Patricio - Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez - Celik, Bove, Matic, Pellegrini (c), Spinazzola - Dybala, Abraham
On Friday, a student and a coach will be face to face again as Xabi Alonso will be hosting Jose Mourinho. Mourinho has coached Alonso while both were with Real Madrid from 2010-2013. We predict a win for Roma against Leverkusen as the former carries more experience and better quality players.