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Roma vs Feyenoord Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

3/4odds when tipped
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Feyenoord 2-1

11/1odds when tipped
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Luis Sinisterra To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Roma lost twice at Bodo / Glimt on their way to the final
  • Feyenoord have scored 28 goals across their last 11 in this competition
  • However, Feyenoord have also conceded 15 times in that run
  • Sinisterra has scored in six of his last nine appearances in the Conference League

Stage set in Tirana

The point of the Europa Conference League was to offer more European football to some obscure names, which was largely achieved over the course of the season. However, it’s two big names who will compete to lift the trophy in the competition’s inaugural final in Tirana.

It’s been a while since these two enjoyed their glory days in Europe, with Roma ending up as the bridesmaid in their previous European finals. They lost the 1984 European Cup final at home to Liverpool, while they lost to Inter Milan in their 1991 UEFA Cup final – their last in Europe. Having won no silverware since 2008, this is a huge occasion for the Giallorossi.

Meanwhile, Feyenoord won the UEFA Cup 20 years ago this month, while they were crowned European champions in 1970. While this isn’t a final promoting two lesser known sides, these are two sides looking to recapture some European glory.

Can Mourinho complete the sweep?

Jose Mourinho burst onto the European scene with back-to-back UEFA Cup and Champions League wins with Porto. He’s won both competitions since, but the serial trophy-chaser will hope to complete a hat-trick of European titles with Roma this week.

The Italians have been among the favourites since the outset, mainly down to the presence of Mourinho. However, they’ve not stormed through this competition by any means. They lost 6-1 and 2-1 in visits to Norway’s Bodo / Glimt on their way to the final. They’ve won just five of their last 10 games in the competition, so they aren’t resounding favourites.

Feyenoord good for goals

While Roma were early favourites, Feyenoord have grown into the competition after some impressive performances. The Dutch side have scored at least three goals in four of their last five matches in this competition, while they’ve hit 28 goals across their last 11 Conference League games.

That’s led to some exciting clashes for them on route to the final, with a total of 43 goals scored across those 11. Their knockout ties this term have averaged a huge 4.16 goals per game, so it’s tough to see Mourinho being able to lock this game down and grind out a victory.

To Roma’s credit, they’ve scored in all 14 Conference League games that they’ve played. Given that 10 of Feyenoord’s last 11 in this competition have seen both teams score, backing goals at both ends looks like the best bet in this one.

Sinisterra to damage Roma

While Wednesday’s clash pits together the two top scorers in the competition – Cyriel Dessers and Tammy Abraham – there’s another name who catches the eye in this one. Colombian Luis Sinisterra has played a key role in getting Feyenoord to the final, scoring 11 times across 17 appearances in the competition.

He has popped up with 12 Eredivisie goals this term, while the winger has struck in six of his last nine games in Europe. That impressive scoring rate isn’t reflected in his price in this one, while the fact that he’s scored in three of their previous five European trips suggests he can notch in Tirana. Sinisterra is my anytime scorer selection for Wednesday’s clash.

Roma predicted lineup: Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Oliveira, Zalewski; Pellegrini; Zaniolo, Abraham

Feyenoord predicted lineup: Marciano; Geertruida, Trauner, Senesi, Malacia; Toornstra, Aursnes, Til; Nelson, Dessers, Sinisterra

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