Roma vs Feyenoord. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more

Two attractive sides will clash in the ever first final of the new tournament

AS Roma will host Feyenoord at the Arena Kombetare in the final of the UEFA Europa Conference League. The match will take place on May 26, beginning at 00:30 IST.

The winner of the Europa League has already been decided last week, in a tense match, German Eintracht was stronger and celebrated the long-awaited trophy. The Champions League final is still far away, but the decisive confrontation of the third European competition will take place pretty soon, on the night of May 25 to 26. Roma and Feyenoord, two eccentric European sides, will meet in Albania.

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The upcoming final will be the first in the history of the newly formed tournament. Interestingly, Roma coach Jose Mourinho could become the first coach to win five European trophies with four different clubs. He has already led Porto to victory in the UEFA Cup (2002/03), the Champions League (2003/04), then won the Champions League with Inter (2009/10) and lastly won the Europa League with Manchester United (2016/17). 

For their part, Feyenoord could become the first team to conquer all three major European competitions under the UEFA auspices. For the Rotterdam side, this European final will be the first in the last 20 years, while for Italians it will be the first in the last 31 years.

Let’s try to figure out which team has the best chance of lifting the trophy. Parimatchnews will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Roma News & Current Form:

The Conference League final with Roma is a special occasion for Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese loves to be one step above his rivals and to laugh from the heights at the haters, so to win the debut draw of the new European tournament means a lot to him. Hence his tears at the end of the second semifinal match.

On the final match of the Italian championship AS Roma thrashed stalwart Torino 3-0 away. Tammy Abraham (scored a double) and Lorenzo Pellegrini (scored and assisted) were instrumental. The encounter was productive, despite the fact that Jose Mourinho opted for a defensive formation with five at the back.

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The Portuguese specialist used the same strategy in the Conference League semi-final, where his charges beat Leicester (2-1) on aggregate. The most interesting was the second encounter, where the English were literally thrown into a stupor. The Romans’ solid defensive line allowed just four shots in the whole game.

However, for the majority of the season Mourinho preferred attacking football to pragmatic one. Thanks to this, his charges have scored 59 goals in 38 meetings in the championship of Italy, missed also quite a lot – 43. Still, in the match against Leicester, the team from Rome was unrecognizable.

However, for the majority of the season Mourinho preferred attacking football to pragmatic one. Thanks to this, his charges have scored 59 goals in 38 meetings in the championship of Italy, missed also quite a lot – 43. In the match against Foxes, we saw the same good old Jose bus: Wolves played very disciplined and reserved, strictly to achieve a result at any cost.

It is Mourinho who gave AS Roma the plasticity and the ability to perform in a variety of ways without losing quality. Though not without conflict during the season, the charismatic coach managed to find a common language with his charges, to impose his vision of the game on them and facilitate improvement. For the moment, thanks to the experienced Portuguese, the team is super-motivated and inspired by the fact that the team won a place in the next Europa League.

It is worth mentioning one of the main stars of the squad: Tammy Abraham scored 17 goals in Serie A, claimed 4 Man of the Match awards, and became 2nd best in the team both in minutes played and overall rating. In total, he scored 27 goals and made 5 assists in all tournaments. By the way, his goal against Leicester in the semi-finals brought the team the next stage. 

The 24-year-old Englishman was one of the main transfer targets for the Portuguese specialist on his arrival and the money invested has fully justified it – the striker is a key to the team’s tactics.

Feyenoord News & Current Form:

In the last round of the Dutch championship Feyenoord suffered a defeat at the hands of Twente (1:2), this failure, though, did not affect the position of the club in the standings.

Based on the season results, they took third place and will participate in the next Europa League qualifier. All in all, not a bad result either.

To fight on equal terms with Ajax and PSV for participation in the Champions League the team from Rotterdam still lacks of investment and strength. As a fact, throughout the season they had serious problems in matches against representatives of the top seven of the Eredivisie. They also crashed out of the Dutch Cup, defeated as early as in the second round by Twente (1:2).

In the Conference League the Rotterdamers’ achievements are much better. However, it is worth noting that the Dutch club reached the final of the Conference League thanks to a crazy coincidence and easy draw. In the three rounds, Arne Slot’s team had only faced Marseille from more or less tough opponents and had a lot of problems in both games against French lads. Dimitri Payet alone had so many chances that would have been enough for several games ahead. As a result, the aggregate score of the two games was 3-2. As a fact, the result was obtained in the first leg in the Netherlands. 

On the road the Dutch barely escaped with their feet: the French looked significantly better. The Provincials took more shots, possessed the ball more, but their finishing let them down.

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As for the coaching duel, in the upcoming match in Albania one thing is clear: the head coach of Feyenoord – Arne Slot – has much less coaching experience than Jose Mourinho. The coach does not have a single gold medal to his name and was sacked as AZ’s head coach last year. Undoubtedly, his charges are also motivated to win and will try to give a fight to the Romans. But José’s vast experience of big finals will help his men a lot.

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Feyenoord season form guide (all competitions): W-W-D-D-W-L

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The rivals have already met on the European stage – in the season 2014/15 in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League, and then the Roman club was stronger (1:1, 2:1).

Roma vs Feyenoord Predicted XI:

Roma possible lineup (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio, Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez, Rick Karsdorp, Bryan Cristante, Jordan Veretout, Leonardo Spinazzola, Nicolo Zaniolo, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Tammy Abraham 

Feyenoord possible lineup (4-3-3): Ofir Marciano, Marcus Holmgren Pedersen, Lutsharel Geertruida, Marcos Senesi, Tyrell Malacia, Guus Til, Jorrit Hendrix, Orkun Kokcu, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Cyriel Dessers, Luis Sinisterra

Statistical preview of the match Roma vs Feyenoord:

  • Feyenoord has not suffered a single defeat since the start of the group stage, while Roma have lost twice to Bodø/Glimt;
  • Roma (27) and Feyenoord (28) are the highest-scoring teams in the Conference League;
  • In the playoffs, AS Roma beat Vitesse (1-0 away, 1-1 at home), Bodø/Glimt (1-2 away, 4-0 at home) and Leicester (1-1 away, 1-0 at home).
  • Feyenoord got past Partizan (5-2 away, 3-1 at home), Slavia (3-3 home, 3-1 away) and Marseille (3-2 home, 0-0 away);
  • Roma’s statistics in European Cup matches against Dutch teams: 4 wins, 4 draws, 2 losses;
  • Feyenoord played 14 matches against teams from Italy (5 wins, 4 draws, 5 defeats);
  • Roma have not lost (regular time) at home in 8 of their last 9 matches in the UEFA Conference League);
  • Roma scored less than 1.5 goals at home in 7 of last 8 matches;
  • Feyenoord has scored less than 2.5 goals in 4 consecutive away matches;
  • Jose Mourinho had won four previous European competition finals.

What has been said before the match:

Jose Mourinho:

“When you work in Rome, you live in Rome, you breathe Rome and you breathe this club. I felt from the day I signed that they were a huge club, but with no victories and not many finals. I’m very emotional.”

“Little by little, we went to realise our ambition to go as far as possible in this competition. The Conference League is our UEFA Champions League. This is the level we are in, the competition we are playing in. The club hasn’t reached a game like this in a long time.” 

“We must forget that we could win our first UEFA trophy. For me, you have to treat a final like a single leg that brings pressure, tension and a sense of responsibility. We just have to think about the final and the opponent we face, and forget Roma’s history. Then of course it would be wonderful to win for the city, the club and all of us.”

“Finals are 50-50, but we will do our best to make it 51-49. That has to be during the game, not before. The work leading up to the final over several months is the basis for those 90 or 120 minutes. It’s [the players’] day; we are just there to give a little help. I have been lucky so far [in winning all of my European finals]: my players have turned up in the finals we have reached. In the moment of truth, they have always been there.”

Arne Slot:

“To reach a final you need luck at the right moments, but this group certainly has quality too. We’ve made people proud, but it’s not over yet. The supporters have always been proud, but I think we have made them very proud, not only with our performances in Europe. But again, we haven’t won anything yet and we really want to do that.”

“We are an attack-minded team that likes to have a lot of the ball, and we play with a lot of intensity. When we don’t have the ball, we want to win it back as quickly as possible by being aggressive and pressing to win back possession. I think we are a team that is difficult to beat. You [have to] focus on your opponent, the qualities they have and their weaknesses. That is what the match plan is for, but it would be strange to play a different system for the final. We will play our usual system and with the players you’d expect, as long as they are all fit.”

Roma vs Feyenoord Prediction:

The Conference League final is a place where experience rules. And Jose Mourinho has a bag of it. Roma’s players also face big matches more often. And the Wolves have an answer to Guus Til‘s phenomenal season in the form of Tammy Abraham. Now that’s someone who has raised his transfer value manifold. The English forward scored 9 goals in 13 Conference League matches, the Chelsea school taught him how to handle with pressure. 

Feyenoord will certainly fight hard, making this final more fascinating. However, they have no chance against Mourinho and his lads, such a serious opponent for Slot’s team appear for the first time this tournament, it seems that all possible luck is already used. Jose Mourinho will be the first coach in history to win all three European competitions. Also, the Wolves will win the first international tournament in history.

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Parimatch News staff prediction: 

We say: AS Roma to win – Yes.