UEFA Europa League: Roma vs. Brighton

UEFA Europa League: On Thursday night, Roma faces Brighton & Hove Albion in the initial Europa League round of 16 series match at Stadio Olimpico.

The Italian team, finishing second in Group G, faced a challenging playoff match against their well-known opponents, Feyenoord. Roma managed to advance after a tense penalty shootout.

Daniele De Rossi’s squad has secured consecutive victories in their domestic league, propelling them into the top five of Serie A.

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Now turning their focus back to European competition this week, Roma aims to establish an early advantage as they host Brighton in the renowned Eternal City.

Brighton, experiencing their first European season, secured the first position in a challenging group including Ajax, Marseille, and AEK Athens.

On the domestic front, Roberto De Zerbi’s team has been experiencing some difficulties lately, highlighted by a recent 3-0 loss at Fulham.

Outright Betting

Roma Holds Home Advantage in Europa League Clash

Roma are firm favorites to take the first leg of their Europa League tie against Brighton. Here’s a breakdown of the betting odds:

  • Roma: The Italians are favored at 11/10 (Bet 365) due to their unbeaten home run in Europe.
  • Brighton: Despite their away form in the competition (unbeaten in 3 games), Brighton are underdogs at a hefty 12/5 (Bet 365).
  • Draw: A stalemate at the Stadio Olimpico is priced at a tempting 27/10 (William Hill).

Betting Angles

According to the odds, Roma may not be the favorite in this matchup, but I lean towards betting on more than 2.5 goals in the game, a choice available at 4/5 odds on William Hill.

Since Daniele De Rossi took over from Jose Mourinho, the Italian team has shown significant improvement, especially in their offensive capabilities.

This improvement is highlighted by the fact that seven out of Roma’s last nine games have ended with three or more goals, with the team scoring at least two goals in seven of these matches.

Furthermore, a bet on both teams scoring would have been profitable in seven of these nine encounters, suggesting a likely goal-filled first leg against Brighton this week.

Brighton’s coach, Roberto De Zerbi, is known for his offensive strategies and is expected to maintain this approach in the prestigious setting of Stadio Olimpico.

While Brighton’s attacking play is commendable, their defensive record is less impressive, with only three clean sheets in 24 Premier League matches this season.

This combination of high-scoring and defensive vulnerabilities has resulted in more than two goals being scored in six of their last eight games in all competitions.

Given these factors, opting for more than 2.5 goals in the upcoming match in Rome is a wise choice, with odds of 4/5 offered by William Hill.

The UEFA Europa League encounter between Roma and Brighton & Hove Albion is scheduled for March 7, 2024, with a kickoff time 17:45. For more insights, check our betting previews section for the latest analysis.



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