It is all to play for as Roma head to Germany on Thursday evening for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final clash with Bayer Leverkusen.
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Roma hold a slender advantage from the first leg with an Edoardo Bove strike separating the two sides.
Jose Mourinho will be sweating over the fitness of Paulo Dybala, who sat out his side’s Serie A draw with Bologna due to an ankle injury.
Aside from that, Chris Smalling is unlikely to feature for Roma as he continues his progress after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Xabi Alonso would love to get one over Mourinho, and Roma are targeting back-to-back European finals.
This should be an intriguing encounter, and we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. I have scoured the markets and picked out a couple of tips for you to consider adding to your slips.
Roma to sneak into final
It’s not a done deal for Roma just yet, and of course, there is work to be done if they are to reach the Final.
That said, only three teams — Benfica (2013), Liverpool (2016), and Rangers (2022) have gone on to punch their ticket to the Europa League Final after trailing from the first leg.
And in all of those above examples, the visitors played the second leg at home, and it remains to be seen whether Leverkusen will be burdened by history.
Leverkusen are competing in their first European semi-final since 2001/02, and it remains to be seen whether the occasion will get to them.
Although Leverkusen have won two of their three knockout encounters after finding themselves behind from the first leg this term, Roma is a different beast.
For my first pick, I am going to side with Roma to advance, but with BTTS. You can locate a price of 6/1 at Paddy Power for that to be the case.
Lorenzo Pellegrini to score a stunner
Lorenzo Pellegrini has produced in the big moments in the Europa League this term, weighing in with four goals.
Although he only has seven to his name in all competitions, he is certainly capable of weaving his magic when called upon.
With Dybala a doubt and Stephan El Shaarawy likely to be fit enough to make the bench, Pellegrini will be looking to make an impact on this game.
Rather than delve into the anytime or first goalscorer market, to round things off, I have gone with a tasty match special.
Pellegrini is available at an inviting 14/1 to score from outside the area with William Hill, and I am not going to turn my nose up at that price.
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