Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico when Roma and Feyenoord face each other in the Europa League quarter-finals, second leg. The Giallorossi aim to build on a 3-0 win over Udinese, and they must be brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s clash. Tammy Abraham is pushing for a start, while both Paulo Dybala and Ola Solbakken remain in the recovery room. In Dybala’s absence, Stephan El Shaarawy should keep his place in the starting XI.
The Rotterdammers, on the other hand, aim to defend their slim lead in the return leg, but seeing that Jose Mourinho’s troops have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress, home win should be considered. All Benita, Timber, and Walemark are out of contention with injuries, speaking of the visiting side. Arne Slot is likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation, with Santiago Gimenez up front as a centre-forward.
Highlighted Player (Andrea Belotti):
Andrea Belotti began his youth career at Grumellese at the age of 10 and after spending three years at the club, he joined Albinolefe in 2006. As expected, he made his senior debut for the club on 10 March, 2012 and it has to be noted that the Italian striker scored 14 goals in 37 league appearances for the Seriani. Belotti, who was born on 20 December, 1993, joined Palermo on loan in 2013 and in July, 2014 the Sicilian outfit turned his loan move to a co-ownership.
The Italian attacker scored 16 goals for Palermo in 62 league appearances for the club and on 18 August, 2015 he signed a deal with Torino for a fee of €7.5 million.
Three months later he scored first goal in the Italian top flight for Torino and he helped the team record a 2-0 win over Bologna. Andrea Belotti has 18 caps for Italy U21 and he scored nine goals for the team.
Highlighted Team (Feyenoord):
Back in 1908 football club Wilhemina was founded in the pub De Vereeniging and they played their home games in blue-sleeved red shirts and white shorts. The club’s name was changed to Hillesluise in 1909 and soon they became RVV Celeritas.
Finally, in 1912 the club got a name SC Feijenoord. Feyenoord won their first Eredivisie trophy in 1924 and 75 years later they clinched their 14th domestic trophy, finishing the season 15 points clear of second-placed Willem II. De Trots van Zuid play their home games at De Kuip and the capacity of the venue is 51 117.
The club’s fiercest rivals are Ajax and the two teams face each other in der Klassieker. The likes of Craig Bellamy, Gerrard Fox, Wouter Bos and Raemon Sluiter are notable supporters of the club. It is well known that football legends Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman all played for Feyenoord in the past. De Trots van Zuid play their home games in red-white shirts and black shorts.