It is déjà vu, Roma return to the scene of the most embarrassing defeat of the season to date as they return to Norway to take on Bodo/Glimt in the UEFA Europa Conference League Quarter-final first leg.
AS Roma are going into the Quarter-final first leg in Norway brimming with confidence. On the back of the Derby Della Capitale mauling of neighbours Lazio before the international break in late March. In the first round of Serie A action after the international break and of April, Roma travelled to the Marassi to take on strugglers Sampdoria.
Roma won the game 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and now sit just five points behind Juventus in fourth place in the Serie A standings. Roma are unbeaten in ten Serie A games stretching back to 09th January 2022 in that crazy seven-goal thriller against Juventus. Roma was 3-1 up with just over twenty minutes to go and lost 4-3.
Roma are also unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, the last defeat in all competitions was against Inter in the Quarter-final of the Coppa Italia on the 8th February 2022. It has been a very impressive run for Jose Mourinho Roma side, we knew it would take time to stamp his authority on his Roma side. The players and the fans are now reaping the rewards.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-2-1)
Rui Patricio, Mancini, Smalling, Kumbulla, Karsdorp, Cristante, Oliveira, Zalewski, Mkhitaryan, Pellegrini, Abraham.
FK Bodo/Glimt are hoping to recapture the famous night on October when they embarrassed Jose Mourinho Roma side in the third group C game in the group stage of the UEFA Europa Conference League. The Norwegian league champions ran riot and won 6-1, could lightning strike twice.
In the Eliteserien which is just one game old in the 2022 season, the season started this past weekend. Bodo/Glimt drew 2-2 against Rosenborg at home to start the campaign in Norway.
But in the Conference League, it has been a different story. They finished second behind their opponents on Thursday in group C, after Roma won in Sofia against CSKA Sofia and Bodo/Glimt could only manage a 1-1 draw away against Zorya Lugansk. In the two knockout rounds that have followed, the fairy tale of Bodo/Glimt has gone on. Beat the Scottish league leaders Celtic home and away, winning 3-1 in Glasgow and 2-0 at home. In the round of 16 AZ Alkmaar who are 4th in the Eredivisie league table were beaten in extra time. Bodo/Glimt won the first leg at home 2-1, the second leg went to extra time with AZ Alkmaar leading 2-1 thanks to a brace from Vangelis Pavlidis. But in stoppage time in the first half of extra time, Alfons Sampsted was the hero with his first goal of the tournament and sent the Norwegian side through to the Quarter-finals.
PREDICTED XI | BODO/GLIMIT (4-3-3)
Haikin, Sampsted, Moe, Hoibraten, Wembangomo, Vetlesen, Hagen, Saltnes, Solbakken, Espeiord, Pellegrino.