Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Following a 1-1 draw with Real Betis, Roma face a must-win situation against Helsinki in the Europa League Group C round 5. The Romans are three points behind second-place Ludogorets, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at HJK on Thursday evening. All Celik, Darboe, Dybala, and Wijnaldum are out of contention with injuries, while Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic is pushing for a start.
The Finnish outfit, on the other hand, do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team collecting only one point in total in the process. Helsinki were outplayed by Roma (0-3) at Stadio Olimpico last month, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. To make things even worse for the hosts, defender Jukka Raitala is banned following his sending off in a 2-0 loss to Ludogorets.
Highlighted Player (Nemanja Matic):
Nemanja Matic is a Serbian footballer who plays for Premier League side Chelsea. The 194-cm-tall midfielder was born on 1 August, 1988 and he began his football career (youth) at Radnicki Obrenovac.
In 2005 he signed for Kolubara and after impressing with Kosice in the 2008/2009 campaign, Chelsea owners decided to sign him. Nemanja spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Vitesse and at the end of the season he signed a deal with Portuguese giants Benfica, with David Luiz heading in the other direction.
Matic was in the form of his life in the 2013/2014 Primeira Liga campaign and he helped the Eagles clinch the domestic trophy. He rejoined Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of €25M and he helped the Blues win the Premier League title in the 2014/2015 season. Nemanja Matic has also developed into a key member of the Serbian national team that have been largely struggling of late.
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.