AS Roma to build on one-goal lead

AS Roma to build on one-goal lead

As Roma is looking to take advantage of their one-goal lead against Bayer Leverkusen for the second leg of their semi-finals in the Europa League. Roma‘s one-goal lead gives Roma the confidence coming into this match, but it is still not a safe lead for them. After all, it is just a one-goal lead, and Leverkusen will surely not go easy on them. Roma is looking to rely on their added power for this match, as they were able to have experienced players coming into this game. Leverkusen on the other hand is aiming to continue their good momentum in this match. The question is, can Roma protect their one-goal lead or Leverkusen will climb back and win the series? Leverkusen will host this match on May 19, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams only had five matches in the European stage, where it was the visitors who holds a slight advantage. They have won twice, including their win in the first leg, while the hosts recorded only one victory. However, it seems like the hosts are not doing well against the visitors, as they are winless in their last four meetings. They last experienced a victory against the visitors in 2004, which made them more hungry in this match. As for the visitors, they are not better, as they are not doing well when it comes to their away games against German opponents. In fact, they only have two victories in their last 15 matches against such opponents. With that, these two teams are hungry to defeat each other coming into this crucial match for both squads.

AS Roma

Europa League: AS Roma
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Roma is currently at the sixth place of the Serie A league table with 59 points across their names. Unfortunately, they do not have a good momentum coming into this game, as they are from a goalless draw against Bologna. It was a disappointing but not a surprising result, considering how inconsistent Roma is this season. Fortunately, they have an advantage coming into this match, which gives them the confidence coming into this match. Roma can gain confidence from their talented squads, who have made a remarkable improvement in the past. As this is an important match for Roma, they are hoping for the same result during the first leg. They are hoping that they can build from that lead to qualify for the Finals.

Although Paolo Dybala, and Chris Smalling have returned to training, both remains to be questionable in this match. Zeki Celik on the other hand is expected to recover from his muscular injury, and might return in this game.

Bayer Leverkusen

Europa League: Bayer Leverkusen
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Leverkusen is currently at the seventh of the Bundesliga league table with 49 points. However, coming into this game, they see themselves at the disadvantage, as they are down by one-goal. Just like their opponent, they are also from a draw on their last match. They were held in a 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart on their last match. This is not surprising though, as they failed to be at their best this season. For this important and crucial match, they are hoping to finally be able to step-up in this match to steal the finals spot. Leverkusen is battling with inconsistencies all season, which is why they are struggling even in the Europa League.

Odilon Kossounou, and Robert Andrich both remains to be a doubt in this match, due to their injuries, that made them withdraw on their first leg. Patrik Schick, and Karim Bellarbi, who are both a long-term absentees, are still unavailable in this match.


Bayer Leverkusen (1.0)
Odds: -0.83
AS Roma to win on aggregate (2-1)

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