Manchester United welcome Roma to Old Trafford for the first leg of this Europa League semi-final. A place in next month’s showpiece against either Arsenal or Villarreal awaits.
Where and when: Old Trafford – 29 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Manchester United vs. Roma: BT Sport
Last time: These clubs haven’t played each other competitively since Man United knocked Roma out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage in 2008. The Red Devils won 2-0 in Rome before a 1-0 triumph back in Manchester, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side went on to beat Chelsea in the final in Moscow to lift the trophy.
Manchester United v Roma Predictions and Preview
Manchester United have enjoyed plenty of success against Roma over the years, winning five of the last six meetings between the clubs and drawing the other at the Stadio Olimpico. That run began with United’s famous 7-1 thrashing of Roma in 2007, although a similar result here appears unlikely at 300/1.
The home team will still start as the 4/7 favourites with William Hill in these Man United v Roma predictions though. The Reds are the 13/11 favourites to win the whole competition, with Roma the least fancied of the four remaining clubs at 39/5.
United have enjoyed a decent season on the whole, comfortably lying second in the Premier League table with just five games remaining. They’ve reestablished themselves as a force in England and put themselves in with a great chance to lift some silverware for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, the United boss has failed to win any of the three semi-finals he’s guided his team to so far. That will only become more of an issue and a burden should the Reds fail to get past Roma over these two legs, but the signs are at least promising for Thursday’s hosts.
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United have only lost one of their last 21 fixtures in all competitions, their 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Leicester City last month. The Reds have drawn eight of those matches though, with Sunday’s goalless draw with Leeds United their fifth 0-0 during that spell. A draw here is 17/5, with a 0-0 priced at 14/1.
Roma are the 5/1 underdogs to take a valuable lead into the second leg back on home soil. The Giallorossi come into this game without a victory in their last four matches though, losing twice on the road. Seventh in Serie A, Paulo Fonseca’s side have work to do to get back into Europe next season.
Winning this tournament would of course take the Italian outfit into the Champions League, and they ought to have plenty of confidence after knocking out Ajax in the last round. That triumph was built on a 2-1 away win in the first leg, but a repeat of that particular outcome this week looks improbable at 19/1.
One to watch for Manchester United: Marcus Rashford has been managing a couple of niggles over recent weeks and months, but the United forward is electric and a constant menace. The Englishman has eight goals in 10 European appearances so far this season, and could prove excellent value at 6/1 for the opener here.
One to watch for Roma: Edin Dzeko is well known to Man United from his days across the city at the Etihad. The Bosnian may be 35 now but he remains a significant threat, and he’d love to get one over his old rivals with a goal in Manchester. Dzeko has netted four times so far in this season’s Europa League, and is 9/1 to increase his tally with the first goal.
Long shot: If you’re looking for big odds in these Man United v Roma tips, a scorecast could be the way to go. Bruno Fernandes is having a superb season and 4/1 to continue his fine form by breaking the deadlock on Thursday. If that proves to be the only goal of the game, those odds rise to 37/1.