It’s déjà vu once again as for the third time in the last four years, AS Roma have got to a European Semifinal and will play English opposition. The last two times it has ended in heartbreak in high-scoring ties, we would have to wait to see if this will end differently.
Roma travel to Leicester on the back of a defeat to Inter at the San Siro on Saturday evening. The unbeaten run in Serie A ended on the thirteenth game. Inter won the game 3-1, Denzel Dumfries, Marcelo Brozovic, and Lautaro Martinez scored the goals for Inter. Inter had the game won at halftime after the second goal from Marcelo Brozovic went in. The Roma heads dropped, the second half was about damage limitations, Henrikh Mkhitaryan pulled a consolation goal back five minutes from time.
The result at the end of the weekend was not too bad, also it is not the end of the world. With the crazy results from Serie A this weekend Roma still are in the fifth position. Both Lazio and Fiorentina lost to AC Milan and Salernitana, respectively. The downside is that Juventus won away at Sassuolo on Monday evening and the dream of UCL football next season is slowly slipping away
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-5-2)
Rui Patricio, Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Cristante, Mkhitaryan, Pellegrini, Zalewski, Zaniolo, Abraham.
Leicester City welcome AS Roma to the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening. Brendon Rodgers‘ side are in the tenth position in the Premier League standings. Forty-two points from thirty-two games, Leicester City are one point and one place behind Newcastle United but have two games in hand on Newcastle United.
Domestically, Leicester City have struggled for consistency this season, in the last six EPL games, there have been two wins, two draws, and two defeats. The two defeats have both come away at Arsenal (2-0) and Newcastle United (2-1). The two wins have come at home against Brentford (2-1) and Crystal Palace (2-1). The draws were a 1-1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United and a 0-0 draw at home to Aston Villa.
In Europe, after finishing third in the Europa League with Napoli and Spartak Moscow advances to the latter stages. Leicester City find themselves in the Europa Conference League. Randers FC, Stade Rennais, and PSV Eindhoven were all beaten in a very impressive run to the Semifinal stages. Leicester City did leave it late in the quarter-finals second leg away in Eindhoven. With two goals in the last thirteen minutes from James Maddison and Ricardo Periera to set up this tie with AS Roma.
PREDICTED XI | LEICESTER CITY (4-3-3)
Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Fofana, Castagne, Tielemans, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Albrighton, Barnes, Iheanacho.