AS Roma will be looking to put the disappointment of Sunday Derby Della Capitale defeat behind them as they travel to Ukraine to take on Zorya Luhansk in the UEFA Europa League Conference.
Sunday defeat in Derby Della Capitale did leave a bitter taste in the mouth, the first 20-25 minutes cost Roma dearly with the two early goals conceded. It made the game more difficult to chase. Roger Ibanez‘s goal before halftime gave us fans and the players something to fight for. But alas it wasn’t to be as Felipe Anderson scored just past the hour, then Jordan Veretout scored from a hotly contested penalty. Which never was a penalty, especially in the era of VAR. Wonder if it was a makeup call after the non-penalty in the first half which led to Pedro scoring Lazio second.
Roma huffed and puffed and couldn’t get the equaliser in the last quarter of the game, not for the lack of trying. Pepe Reina a nemesis from his Napoli days against Roma was at it again. The former Liverpool goalkeeper kept his side in the game with some fantastic saves in the second half. On any other day, it could have ended in a different scoreline and we could be talking about Roma grabbing a point after being 2-0 down. It just wasn’t to be.
When the cameras cut to Maurizio Sarri celebrated with Olympia, the Lazio mascot eagle, Jose Mourinho made his players go to the Roma fans and deliver his talk on the pitch.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (4-2-3-1)
Rui Patricio, Karsdorp, Smalling, Kumbulla, Calafiori, Villar, Diawara, Perez, Pellegrini, El Shaarawy, Shomurodov.
FC Zorya Luhansk will be playing hosts to Jose Mourinho AS Roma side on Thursday evening looking to add more woes after Roma Derby Della Capitale defeat on the weekend. Zorya are 4th in the Ukrainian Premier Liga with 17 points from 9 games. They are a whopping 8 points behind leaders Dynamo Kyiv.
Zorya were defeated in the 4th Qualifying Round of the Europa League by Rapid Vienna of Austria. The Austrians were victorious 5-3 on aggregate, which meant the Ukrainian side went to the group stage of the UEFA Europa Conference League. Sadly, they lost their first group game away in Norway against Bodo/Glimt, the Norwegians were victorious winning 3-1.
In the league it has been a different story, Zorya are unbeaten in the last 6 games in Ukraine. Winning 4 and drawing 2. The last league game on Sunday was an emphatic 4-0 away win at SK Dinipro-1.
Viktor Skrypnyk is the Zorya Luhansk manager, he has been on the job since July 2019. Skrypnyk has a good record as the Zorya manager. Thursday game will be his 88th game in all competitions. 45 wins, 16 draws, and 26 losses, a point per game record of 1.74. He is quite flexible in his tactical setup, this season he has played a 4-1-4-1 (preferred formation), 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1, and a 4-1-3-2.
PREDICTED XI | ZORYA LUHANSK (4-1-4-1)
Matsapura, Khomchenovskyy, Cvek, Vernydub, Juninho, Nazaryna Buletsa, Kochergin, Sayyadmanesh, Gromov, Kabiev