AS Roma will have to put the disappointment of Sunday result in Turin behind them as they make the 4-hour journey from Rome to Norway to take on Norwegian league leaders FK Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League Group Stage.
Sunday defeat marred with a little bit of controversy left a bit of a sour bitter taste in the mouth. First time in close to a decade I have seen Roma play well in Turin against Juventus and we got screwed over by some very shoddy officiating.
Juventus won 1-0 and got the goal early thanks to a freakish goal from Mosie Kean, from point-blank range the on-loan Everton striker headed home from a ricochet from a Rodrigo Bentancur header. There was a handball in the build-up from Juan Cuadrado, the video has been plastered all over social media. Along with the penalty incident for Roma, should have let the play go on and Tammy Abraham scored but Daniele Orsato was so quick to point to the spot. There was a debate about handball/non-handball. It was just a mess; the penalty was missed by Jordan Veretout and that should have been re-taken due to the encroachment in which two of the players who encroached got to the rebound.
Juventus defended well in a low block and stagnated Roma attack. Roma dominated the game but could not break down the stubborn black and white wall in front of them. Giorgio Chiellini (37) was the man of the match and shunted everything that Roma threw at the Juventus defense. Big match player strikes again.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (4-2-3-1)
Rui Patricio, Reynolds, Mancini, Kumbulla, Calafiori, Diawara, Villar, Carles Perez, Mkhitaryan, El Shaarawy, Shomurodov.
Bodo/Glimt are top of the Norwegian Eliteserien after 22 games, sitting three points clear of Molde in second place. In Europe, Legia Warsaw of Poland knocked Bodo/Glimt out of the UEFA Champions League Qualifying round winning 5-3 on Aggregate.
In the 3 UEFA Europa Conference Qualifiers, Valur of Iceland were defeated 6-0 on aggregate. FC Prishtina of Kosovo were defeated 3-2 on aggregate. FK Zalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania were defeated in the final qualifying round 3-2 on aggregate.
In the group stages, the Norwegians have picked up 4 points from a possible 6. A 3-1 home win to open the group campaign at home to Zorya Lugansk, which was followed up with a 0-0 draw in Bulgaria against CSKA Sofia.
In the league, Bodo/Glimt are unbeaten in the last 12 games and have won 4 games which includes a home win over Sarpsborg 08 2-1 at the weekend. They do play Molde who occupy second place in the Eliteserien on the 27th of October and that will go one step closer to deciding the Norwegian title.
Kjetil Knutsen is the FK Bodo/Glimt manager and has been since January 2018, he was previously the assistant manager for close to a year. Thursday will be Knutsen 136 game in charge in all competitions. 76 wins, 33 draws, and 26 defeats with a point per game record of 1.93. Knutsen likes to play with a 4-3-3 and is getting wonderful results in the process.
PREDICTED XI | BODO/GLIMT (4-3-3)
Hakin, Sampsted, Lode, Hoibraten, Bjorkan, Brunstad, Fet, Berg, Saltnes, Pellegrino, Botheim, Solbakken.