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- 223 of the last 225 sides to hold a 4+ goal first leg lead in this competition have progressed
- Edinson Cavani has scored 11 goals in 13 meetings with Roma
- Man United have won six of their last seven games
- Roma have been beaten in four of their last five matches
Formality for Red Devils
At half-time in Manchester last week things were looking good for Roma. Despite their poor form, the Giallorossi led 2-1 at the break with the Red Devils toiling. However, a second-half blitz has rendered this second-leg a formality.
United scored five unanswered second-half strikes to take a commanding lead into this trip. In the history of the Europa League and UEFA Cup, a four-goal first-leg lead has been overturned in just two of the 225 ties in which it has occurred. The last of those happened in 1986, so Roma’s fortunes look bleak.
Opportunity for Red Devils
Roma would have initially looked at this tie – either side of United’s clash with Liverpool – thinking they could catch the Red Devils out in the second-encounter. Things haven’t quite turned out that way and we expect United to put on a show after missing their weekend game.
Following Sunday’s postponement, Edinson Cavani has scored five goals in his last five appearances for United. He scored twice against Roma in the first leg and the forward has now scored 11 times in his 13 meetings with the Giallorossi. Back him to add to that with a goal on Thursday.
United to cruise to Gdansk
Not only do United have a nearly unassailable lead, the visitors also look too strong for any kind of Roma fightback. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men come into this game having won six of their last seven matches (D1). On top of that, they’ve won all of their away games in the Europa League this term.
Roma’s misery was compounded at the weekend as they lost 2-0 to Sampdoria. The hosts are unlikely to play in this competition next term and they may not even make the Europa Conference League. The Giallorossi have lost four of their last five starts and United are fantastic value to book their place in Gdansk with a win.
Finally, five of Roma’s last six games in this competition have seen both teams score. They’ve conceded at least twice in four of their last five matches and United have scored 11 times across a four-game winning run in this competition. That has us backing a 2-1 victory for the Red Devils in our correct score prediction.