All roads lead to Tirana Albania on Wednesday evening when AS Roma will take on Dutch side Feyenoord in the final of the UEFA Europa Conference League.
After the disappointment of the previous home game against Venezia where Roma had close to fifty shots on goal and only came away with a 1-1 home draw, they ended the season in Serie A on Friday night with a comfortable 3-0 away win in Torino which meant that Roma finished in the top six and secured a Europa League spot for next season. It could have been a top-five spot but Lazio, the following evening, secured the point they needed to claim fifth in a six-goal thriller at home to Hellas Verona.
The away win in Turin against a strong Torino side was needed after Roma dropped in form domestically in the final month of the season. This was Roma’s first win in Serie A since April 10th which was the come-from-behind win against Salernitana. Tammy Abraham‘s brace including one from the penalty spot and a Lorenzo Pellegrini penalty gave Roma the win and the confidence going into the game on Wednesday in Albania.
AS Roma do have a fitness concern going into the game on Wednesday and that is the fitness of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He was seen training with the squad at Trigoria before they fly out for the final. It is a big call for Jose Mourinho to make after the midfielder missed the last few games of the season.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-2-1)
Rui Patricio, Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Cristante, Oliveira, Zalewski, Pellegrini, Shomurodov, Abraham.
Feyenoord under former AZ Alkmaar coach Arnie Slot finished third in the Dutch Eredivisie and that guaranteed the club a Europa League spot for next season. The side from Rotterdam finished in third on seventy-one points from thirty-four games. A whopping ten points behind champions Ajax who were pushed all the way by PSV. The Amsterdam side won the league by just two points.
Feyenoord ended the domestic season in Holland strongly with just one defeat in the final seven games. Their record in the final seven games was five wins one draw and one defeat. The one defeat was the final day of the season which was a home defeat to FC Twente. PSV Eindhoven in the third to the final game of the season was the sole draw which ended 2-2. The five wins were against Willem II, Heracles Almelo, FC Utrecht, Fortuna Sittard and Go Ahead Eagles.
In Europe this season, Feyenoord have played eighteen games in total and have lost one game which was the second leg of the final qualifying round against IF Elfsborg. They lost the second leg 3-1 after winning the first leg 5-1. FC Drita, FC Luzern, and IF Elfsborg were defeated in the qualifiers. In the group stages with a group of Maccabi Haifa, Slavia Prague, and Union Berlin, Feyenoord came top with four wins and two draws. Partizan Belgrade were defeated home and away 8-3 on aggregate in the round of sixteen. Slavia Prague were defeated in the quarter-finals 6-4 on aggregate. Then in the semi-finals, Marseille were defeated 3-2 on aggregate, the second leg Feyenoord went to the cauldron of Marseille and held Jorge Sampaoli‘s side to a goalless draw and progressed to the final.
PREDICTED XI | FEYENOORD (4-3-3)
Marciano, Geertruida, Senesi, Trauner, Malacia, Kokcu, Til, Aursnes, Nelson, Sinisterra, Dessers