Slavia Prague vs RomaUEFA Europa League, KO: 17:45 Nov 9, 2023, Fortuna Arena
Slavia Prague and Roma square off in a top of the table clash in Group G of the Europa League with the winner likely to secure progress into the knockout phase. The Italians have a 100% record to protect and having already won the first meeting, will be confident of doing the double over the Czech side, who have been slightly out of sorts lately.
Slavia Prague were handed their first defeat in Group E of the Europa League by Roma as they were beaten 2-0 last rime out. They struggled to find their cutting edge in attack and could only muster two attempts on target throughout the encounter.
While it was only the first defeat in the Europa League for Slavia Prague, it hands the upper hand to Roma with inly one team qualifying automatically for the knockout phase. Jindrich Trpisovsky’s men may have to settle for the playoffs, unless they can pick up a win on Thursday.
Slavia Prague are enjoying a solid overall campaign this season, although they have looked off colour in recent weeks. They have lost two of their last three matches across all competitions and were beaten 2-1 at home by Viktoria Plzen in a domestic fixture last weekend.
Roma maintained their perfect record in the Europa League as they claimed a routine 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture with Slavia Prague. They struck early in the encounter through Edoardo Bove and Romelu Lukaku and successfully protected their lead for the rest of the contest.
That performance and result highlights Roma’s recent good form as they have looked sharp in recent weeks. Jose Mourinho’s men have won six of their last seven matches across all competitions and travel to Prague off the back of a 2-1 Serie A victory over Lecce with Lukaku on target once again.
A slightly erratic record on their travels has been one of the problems for Roma, who have picked up just two wins in their last seven away. They are also nit as tight at the back in the road having failed to keep a single clean sheet in that run
How the bookies view it
Roma have the slight edge among the bookies and are priced at 6/4 by Paddy Power to claim the win. A victory for Slavia Prague is valued at 21/10 by Unibet while bet365 is offering odds of 23/10 for a draw.
Head to head
The reverse fixture was the first ever meeting between Slavia Prague and Roma.
Players to watch
Mojmir Chytil often features in attack for Slavia Prague and could be worth keeping an eye on in Thursday’s clash. The attacker netted a brace in the last home fixture in the Europa League and is priced at 5/2 by bet365 to find the net.
Romelu Lukaku continues to impress for Roma and is expected to lead the line again on Thursday. The Belgian striker has found the net in every fixture in Group E and is priced at 2/1 by Coral to maintain his scoring run.
Anything else catch the eye?
With Slavia Prague and Roma looking unconvincing at the back lately, both teams could be backed to score at 23/25 with Unibet. The Italians have seen over 3.5 goals in two of their last three away matches and a repeat is priced at 10/3 by Unibet while over 2.5 goals is valued at 6/5 by BetVictor.
Roma have opened the scoring in all three of their Group G matches and could be backed to grab the first goal on Thursday at evens with Coral.
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