These two sides couldn’t be separated last week and the removal of the away goals rule in European football this season means that we’re essentially in a straight knockout match. Roma will feel the more aggrieved of the two sides last season as they led the first leg from the 15th minute through Lorenzo Pellegrini’s goal, only to be pegged back by Gianluca Mancini diverting the ball into his own net.
Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho was feeling optimistic about his side’s chances especially as the hosts in the second leg, having the fans’ support to get them over the line and there’s a good reason for it. Roma have won six of their last seven home games against English oppositions in European competitions, most recently beating Manchester United in the 2020/21 Europa League and Liverpool in 2017/18’s Champions League.
However, Leicester will be guided by their chance of making history. The Foxes are looking to reach the final of a European competition for the first time in their history, with their previous best before this season being the 2016/17 Champions League when they reached the quarter-finals before exiting to eventual runners-up Atletico Madrid.
Leicester aren’t in good form though. Brendan Rodgers’ side have gone five games without a win since beating PSV Eindhoven in the second leg of their Europa Conference League quarter final, dropping down the Premier League table. At the weekend they were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur having played a slightly rotated XI, so Rodgers will be hoping his gamble pays off on Thursday.
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Roma vs Leicester match stats
Tammy Abraham drew a blank at the King Power last week but he has had a lot more fun at the Stadio Olimpico this season. The Englishman has scored four of Roma’s last eight home goals in the Europa Conference League while 12 of his 24 total goals across all competitions have come at the Stadio Olimpico.
In last week’s game both sides followed form, so we could expect the same to happen here. Roma have scored eight of their past 11 Europa Conference League goals during the first half of their matches, and have hit 14 in total in the opening 45 minutes; at the same time, Leicester have scored 10 of their 13 Europa Conference League goals in the second half of their matches.
28 April 2022 – Leicester 1-1 Roma – Europa Conference League
Last week’s game at the King Power was the first meeting between these two sides, with Mourinho continuing his good record against Leicester. The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager has won eight of his 12 matches against Leicester and will be hoping for a ninth on Thursday.