AS Roma will host Genk in the first leg of the 1/16 final tie of the Europa League. The two teams already met on two occasions and Roma easily won both matches. The game is scheduled to begin at 20:00.
Roma enters the field with clear favoritism against a Belgian team that does not have great memories of the previous two meetings with the Romans. The two teams met in the Europa League qualifying round in 2009 and the Romans won at home 3-1 and in Belgium by a historic 7-1, in a tie that Francesco Totti scored five of the Giallorossi's 10 goals.
Roma starts the game in its worst moment of the season, pressured by a series of bad results that pushed the team out of the first places in Serie A. Paulo Fonseca's team did not win the last five games and ended up losing four of those matches. The defensive sector has been the weak point of the Roman team, as shown the 14 goals conceded in the last five games. This problem extends to the entire season and not even the home games have a different statistic - In 20 games at the Olympic only in three Roma did not concede goals.
In contrast with Roma, Genk travels to Italy in a series of 8 consecutive games without losing, having achieved six victories in that process - the last defeat was in the middle of December. The Belgian title seems impossible, considering the distance to Club Brugge and so they are able to bet with more certainty on a surprise in the Europa League. In the last five games, only once Genk did not reach the mark of the three goals scored and all had goals on both sides. In the group stage, The Buffalos did not lose an away game - they drew two and achieved a surprising 3-1 win at Wolfsburg.
Roma: Antonio Mirante, Javier Pastore, Amadou Diawara, Nicolo Zaniolo and Davide Zappacosta are injured.
Gent: Roman Yaremchuk is injured. Laurent Depoitre is doubtful.
Roma is favorite and we believe they will beat the Belgians at their stadium.
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