Manchester United vs Roma
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Old Trafford.
Manchester United have only two more hurdles to jump over en route to repeating the 2016/17 success when they won UEFA Europa League for the first time in history.
The Red Devils will play host to Roma in the first leg of the semifinal tie on Thursday evening at the Old Trafford.
It should be a thrilling encounter on paper, but the reality is somewhat different as the hosts come into the tie as heavy favourites both on the evening and over two legs.
Manchester United left a much better impression so far in the season than their counterparts.
Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are on the best way to finish the Premier League campaign as runners-up to Manchester City.
While it is by no means a significant achievement, it is still a massive upgrade from the team’s results in the last several seasons.
Manchester United vs Roma Head-to-head
- The head to head stats also fancy Manchester United in this tie. The Red Devils won five, drew one, and lost one of seven previous meetings with the Romans.
- The two sides played each other in UEFA Champions League quarterfinal back in 2008 when the Red Devils advanced 3-0 on aggregate.
- None of the last four competitive head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.
Manchester United vs Roma Prediction
Roma have had a dreadful campaign in their domestic league. They failed to pick up even a single victory against the top-six teams in Serie A so far in the season.
They took just one point from the last three league outings. The latest failure came on Sunday when Paulo Fonseca’s troops fell 3-2 away at Cagliari.
Winning UEFA Europa League is their only possible route to the elite continental competition next season.
Manchester United ended a five-win streak across competitions on Sunday afternoon when they played a goalless draw at Leeds United.
Solskjaer can be thrilled with his side’s defensive displays of late as the Red Devils conceded only two goals in the last five matches in all competitions.
The home win is a banker bet at the odds of 1.53, but we will be brave enough and back the hosts to win by at least two goals difference at the 2.45 odds.