Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Roma will be aiming to defend their one-goal lead in the tie with Trabzonspor when the two teams take on each other at Stadio Olimpico in the Conference League playoffs, return leg. Jose Mourinho wants to win everything, and we are positive that the Romans will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game. Pedro is no longer part of the team as he joined Roma’s bitter rivals Lazio, while both Smalling and Spinazzola are likely to miss the game with injuries.
The Turks, on the other hand, are eager to make a miracle in the “Eternal City”, but seeing that Jose Mourinho’s troops have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress, home win should be considered. Defender Dorukhan Tokoz (foot injury) should be the only absentee in the away team. Trabzon head coach Abdullah Avci should stick to the 4-3-3 formation.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Kalinic):
Nikola Kalinic is a product of Hajduk Split’s youth school. The 187-cm-tall striker scored 32 goals in 59 appearances for Hajduk at senior level and he played for the likes of Pula and Sibenik in Croatia as well. In 2009 he moved to Blackburn Rovers for fee of £6 million.
Nikola Kalinic made his Blackburn Rovers debut against Sunderland on 22 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the Riversiders against Peterborough United in the League Cup. After making 44 league appearances for Blackburn Rovers, the Croatian attacker joined Dnipro in 2011 and he played for the Ukrainian outfit until 2015.
Kalinic signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina on 15 August, 2015 and he impressed in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, scoring 12 goals in 36 games. The Fiorentina striker made two appearances for Croatia at the 2016 European Championship in France and it has to be noted that he found the net in a 2-1 win over Spain in the group stages of the competition.
Highlighted Team (AS Roma):
AS Roma is a professional football club based in Rome. Roma were founded by a merger in 1927 and they play in the Italian Serie A. Roma’s fiercest rivals are Lazio and it has to be noted that both capital clubs play their home games at Stadio Olimpico. The two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Capitale, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world of football.
The Giallorossi (The Yellow and Reds) have won three Serie A titles (1941/1942, 1982/1983, 2000/2001), while winning nine Coppa Italia trophies. The colour of Roma’s shirts is imperial purple with a golden yellow trim. A number of top-class footballers were part of Roma in the past, but Francesco Totti is undisputedly the club’s biggest legend.The Prince of Rom made his 601 appearances for Roma on 14 May, 2016 when the Giallorossi recorded a 3-1 win over Milan at Stadio San Siro.