Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
After suffering a 3-2 loss to Lazio in the Rome derby, Roma will be aiming to return to winning ways when they take on Zorya in the Europa Conference League round 2. Jose Mourinho wants to win everything, and we are positive that “the Special One” will count on key players for Thursday’s showdown. Midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini returns from a domestic ban, while Leonadro Spinazzola remains in the recovery room.
The likes of Smalling, Shomurodov, and Perez should be recalled to the starting XI. Zorya, on the other hand, suffered a 3-1 loss to Bodo in their Conference League opener, and seeing that Roma are determined to bounce back from the heart-breaking defeat to Lazio, away win should be considered. The bad news for the hosts is that experienced defender Vitaliy Vernydub suffered an injury in a 4-0 win over Dnipro at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Mykyta Shevchenko ):
Born in Horlivka, Ukraine on January 26, Mykyta Shevchenko is a goalkeeper who plays for Zorya Luhansk in the Ukraine Premier League. Shevchenko has nothing to do with the legendary Ukrainian footballer, and, unlikely Andriy, he has yet to represent the national team on the international stage.
Mykyta Shevchenko started his club career at Shakhtar Donetsk, but he did not see too many game actions with the Miners. Following loan spells with Illichivets Mariupol, Zorya Luhansk, and Karpaty Lvivi, he signing a permanent deal with Zorya. The 187-cm-tall shot-stopper has three caps with the Ukraine U21 team, while making six appearances with the U19 team.
Speaking of his achievements at the club level, Mykyta Shevchenko won the Ukraine Premier League with Shaktar Donetsk on three occasions (2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18). Mykyta’s preferred foot is right and his contract with Zorya Luhansk should expire in June, 2021.
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.