AS Roma face a do-or-die clash against FC Sheriff Tiraspol in the final round of the UEFA Europa League group stage, with their hopes of automatic qualification for the last 16 resting on a knife’s edge.
Sitting two points adrift of top spot in Group G, victory at the Stadio Olimpico is paramount for José Mourinho’s side. However, their destiny isn’t solely in their hands, as they require Slavia Prague to stumble against Servette in the other group game.
How to Watch
What it is: UEFA Europa League
Matchup: AS Roma vs Sheriff Tiraspol
Date: Thursday Dec. 14, 2023
Time: 12:45pm ET
Locations: Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
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Roma’s Fortress Awaits: The Giallorossi boast a formidable home record in European competitions, having lost just one of their last 28 matches at the Stadio Olimpico (W21, D6). This season’s home form further bolsters their confidence, with a seven-game winning streak across all competitions snapped only by a nine-man draw against Fiorentina last weekend.
Sheriff’s Fragile Defense: In stark contrast, Sheriff arrive in Rome with a leaky defense, conceding a staggering 14 goals in their five group games – the joint-second worst in the UEL. This vulnerability, coupled with a 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture, dims their hopes of even securing a Europa Conference League consolation prize.
History Repeats?: The Moldovan outfit haven’t tasted success in their last 18 away matches in UEFA competitions, managing just two wins and succumbing to ten defeats. Their recent domestic form, featuring a demoralizing 3-1 loss to CSF Bălți, further paints a bleak picture.
Key Battle: All eyes will be on Romelu Lukaku, Roma’s prolific striker. He boasts a remarkable record of 16 wins from 19 UEL games in which he has scored, a statistic that sends shivers down the spine of Sheriff goalkeeper Maksym Koval, who has kept only one clean sheet in his last 13 UEL outings.
Goals Galore?: One thing seems certain – goals will flow freely. Sheriff’s last five away matches have all produced at least three goals, potentially setting the stage for a thrilling encounter.
With everything at stake, the Stadio Olimpico is set to witness a tense and decisive battle. Can Roma overcome the odds and secure their Europa League dream, or will Sheriff spring a surprise and spoil their party? Tune in to find out!
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