European Club football has reached its final stages and every major tournament is in the spotlight because of the tensions building up between the clubs from across the globe. Europa League will be in the limelight this week as Roma will be hosting Leverkusen at Stadio Olimpico on Friday, 12th May for the first leg of the semi-final.
Jose Mourinho again proved why he is the ‘special one’ as Roma bounced back ferociously in the second leg of the quarter-final and defeated Feyenoord with an aggregate score of 4-2.
Leverkusen displayed their determination to reach the semi-finals against Union Saint-Gilloise by defeating them on an aggregate score of 2-5.
We expect Roma to win the Semi-Final game.
The betting tip is...
First goal to be scored by penalty.
I Giallorossi is coming to play the first leg of the semi-final game after facing a defeat from Inter Milan in a Serie A game by 0-2. This is the third consecutive time that Roma has reached a semi-final of a European competition. However, they have been eliminated from the competition at this stage most of the time. Roma will be motivated to reach the final stages of the tournament as they carry a good record in the home games.
Paulo Dybala, Georgino Wijnaldum, Chris Smalling, and Andrea Belotti will be out of action because of their respective injuries.
Predicted Lineup: Rui Patricio - Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez - Celik, Cristante, Matic, Spinazzola - Pellegrini (c), Belotti - Abraham
This will be the fourth semi-final for Bayer Leverkusen. However, the team witnessed a loss in their previous game against Koln in a Bundesliga fixture by 1-2. With 65% possession, Bayer Leverkusen failed to score in the second half of the game and conceded two goals in the first half. When it comes to the away records, they don’t carry good stats and might find it difficult to score goals.
Patrik Schick, Andrey Lunev, and Charles Arangui are sidelined because of their respective injuries.
Predicted Lineup: Hradecky (c) - Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapie - Frimpong, Andrich, Palacios, Bakker - Wirtz - Diaby, Hlozek
Roma has always dominated the home fixtures. They will find it difficult to break Leverkusen’s defense but we predict a win for Roma in the first leg of the semi-final.