The soaring AS Roma will host CSKA Sofia in Group C of the UEFA Europa Conference League at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday.
Both teams start solidly and hope to be able to build on their early home success with all three points.
AS Roma continued their brilliant start to Serie A last Sunday when they took a 2-1 win against a stubborn Sassuolo side.
Filip Djuricic equalized Bryan Cristante’s 57th-minute opening goal, but Stefan El Shaarawy came through Giallorossi when he scored a winning goal in the 91st minute to send the Stadio Olimpico into a frenzy.
It was the sixth win in a row for Jose Mourinho’s men, who are currently at the top of the Serie A table thanks to their superior goal difference.
AS Roma will now look to continue that momentum and start their hunt for their first UEFA Conference League title with a profit.
CSKA Sofia was denied their fourth trot victory in the 1-1 draw in their home game against Slavia Sofia.
In a game where the guests saw red, Jordy Caicedo and Martin Atanasov scored for both sides to force some of the loot.
Previously, Stoycho Mladenov’s men defeated Viktoria Plzen 3-0 in the Conference League qualification before returning to the Bulgarian top league and clinching a narrow 1-0 win over Cherno More Varna.
CSKA Sofia are unbeaten after four games in the game on Thursday and are currently sixth in the Parva Liga with 10 points from four games.
AS Roma – CSKA Sofia head-to-head
This will be the fifth meeting between the two sides. AS Roma have had a better record in the last three games with two wins and one draw. CSKA Sofia has won.
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AS Roma vs. CSKA Sofia Team News
Apart from Leonardo Spinazzola, who is out with a long-term injury, AS Roma enter the game with a clean health certificate and no concerns about suspension.
Hurt: Leonardo Spinazzola
The guests have to do without Charles Bismark, Menno Koch and Thibaut Vion, who lost out due to injuries. Jordy Caicedo will also miss the game due to suspension.
Hurt: Charles Bismark, Menno Koch, Thibaut Vion
Exposed: Jordy Caicedo
AS Roma v CSKA Sofia Probable XI
AS Roma predicted XI (4-2-31): Rui Patricio; Rick Karsdorp, Gianluca Mancini, Roger Ibanez, Matias Vina; Bryan Cristante, Jordan Veretout; Nicolo Zaniolo, Stefan El Shaarawy, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Tammy Abraham
CSKA Sofia Probable XI (4-3-3): Gustavo Busatto; Ivan Turitsov, Valentin Antov, Jürgen Matheij, Bradley Mazikou; Amos Youga, Geferson, Graham Carey; Georgi Yomov, Ahmed Ahmedov, Yanic Wildschut
AS Roma – CSKA Sofia forecast
Jose Mourinho’s appointment seems to be having an impact for AS Roma, who have won each of their last six games. They go into the game with a much stronger squad and we expect them to take all three points.
forecast: AS Roma 2-0 CSKA Sofia
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