Prediction: Manchester United vs Roma

Verdict: Manchester United wins and over 1.5 goals

Best odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Seeking to secure an early advantage in their Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday night, Manchester United will host Roma in an empty Old Trafford.

Manchester United

Starting with the hosts, although Manchester United were able to play that lackluster 0-0 stalemate against rivals Leeds last weekend, the Reds are heading towards a Champions League return for next season. Keeping a 12-point buffer so as not to place in the top four of the English top-flight, many believe the former Premier League champions will put all their eggs in the Europa League basket. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sensing a golden chance to lift his first piece of silver in this year’s tournament, United have largely impressed on either side of the international break. Finally, crossing Spain’s Granada outfit earlier in the month thanks to a deserved 4-0 defeat, Thursday’s hosts have lost just one of their last 21 straight games in all formats, a run dating back to the end of January. Installed as the first choice to win this year’s Europa League title, Solskjaer should be boosted by his team’s continued success at home. Winning each of their last four straight games at Old Trafford, the Reds are expected to look to establish a similar scorer this week.

Team news

The trio of Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay will all be missing Thursday night as he served a one-game suspension.

Although Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are both out with injury this week, those are Manchester United’s only real concerns.

Roma

As for visitors, who put on another disturbing spectacle this weekend, Roma have continued to build a reputation for their inconsistencies this year. With numerous reports over the past month that head coach Paulo Fonseca will be replaced from his role at Stadio Olimpico at the end of the season, the Italian side find themselves in a real uphill battle if they are to secure any kind of European football. for next season. Slipping to seventh in the Serie A table and now six points behind to regain a road in the top-six, the pressure is firmly on the former Braga boss. Although I Giallorossi may have managed to overtake Dutch giants Ajax in a heated affair earlier in the month, Roma haven’t won any of their last four clashes in any format. After this superb 3-2 loss at the hands of Cagliari this weekend, Fonseca’s side showed a host of problems at the back. With six goals in their last two road clashes, it should be noted that Roma have only recorded one clean sheet in their last 10 consecutive games.

Team news

After making his comeback from a knee injury last weekend, former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling could be in line for a Thursday night start.

However, while Gianluca Mancini is expected to serve a first-leg suspension, Roma will also be without ex-Chelsea winger Pedro due to thigh strain.

Key factors to consider

  • When the two teams last faced each other in a competitive fixture in 2008, Manchester United claimed a 1-0 victory.
  • The Reds have won each of their last four clashes at Old Trafford by an aggregate score of 8-2.
  • Thursday’s hosts have also lost just one of their previous 21 straight contests across all formats, a race dating back to the end of January.
  • Roma have only recorded one clean sheet in one of their last 10 consecutive games in all formats.
  • Each of I Giallorossi’s last five road clashes has come to an end, with both teams finding the net.

Conclusion

While Manchester United might have been disappointed to have collected just one point against Leeds last weekend, the Reds should be confident of taking a crucial advantage on Thursday night. With just one loss to her name in one of her last 21 straight games, a struggling Roma could face another tough test in an empty Old Trafford. Last seen being hit by a 3-2 away loss to Cagliari, the Italian side have gained a reputation for their prolonged problems at the back. As Manchester United have won each of their last four straight home games, we are backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to secure an advantage early in the middle of the week.

Verdict: Manchester United wins and over 1.5 goals

Best odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

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