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Prediction: Roma vs CSKA Sofia – Football Predictions

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Prelude to the inauguration Europa Conference League Group stage on Thursday, in shape Roma welcome CSKA Sofia to the Stadio Olimpico.

After five wins in a row at the start of the season Jose MourinhoThe team will meet a team that they couldn’t beat in two Europa League games last year and that also started their national season unbeaten.


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Roma returns to continental competition this week after looking like a changed team this season; especially with a last-gasp winner on Sunday, when her new coach raced over the sidelines like in glorious times.

Just when it looked like the Giallorossi’s perfect Serie A record would end with Sassuolo’s equalizer in the 57th minute in Rome, Stefan El Shaarawy in stoppage time to the decisive goal and the hosts’ 2-1 victory.

This latest win puts the Europa League semi-finalist – who finished seventh in Serie A – at the top of the table at the start of the season with nine points out of a possible nine, making them one of the favorites to win in Europe latest club competition.

A 5-1 overall win in the playoff last month against Trabzonspor – in that Nicolo Zaniolo scored his comeback goal after two cruciate ligament injuries in a row – Roma qualified for participation in the Conference League Group C, where they also meet the Norwegians Bodo / Glimt and the Ukrainian club Zorya Luhansk.

The Giallorossi believers, who lost European runners-up in 1984 and UEFA Cup finalists seven years later, are desperate for their first major continental silver jewelry – and Mourinho is a man who wants to help them achieve that goal this season achieve.

With an impressive overall result of 14: 3 from the first competitive games in 2021/22, the Roma will certainly do better against their opening opponent than last year.

In fact, the goalless CSKA Sofia threatened to be the first team to end a Europa League group season without scoring a single goal before their second clash with the Italian capital club.

When the Roma side then from Paulo Fonseca knew that progress was already assured, a very different host team took their foot off the gas and were beaten 3-1 against the Bulgarian team.

As a debutant in the group stage in last year’s Europa League, in which they finished bottom of the four teams, CSKA is now back in the autumn phase of a European competition due to a successful qualification process in the summer.

As the only one of three Bulgarian clubs to have made it through three exhausting preliminary rounds, Stoycho Mladenov‘s team took penalties to knock out Latvian Liepaja after two goalless draws in the second qualifying round, before beating Osijek in the next round. Then – thanks to a winner in extra time – they defeated Viktoria Pilsen in the playoffs; after a 2-0 away defeat with a dramatic 3-0 home win.

They shared the booty with Slavia in the Sofia derby over the weekend, but now the Armymen – cup winners and third-placed last season – are returning to Rome, where they kept their hosts incredibly goalless last October.

Roma Europa Conference League form:
  • W.
  • W.

Roma form (all competitions):
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
CSKA Sofia Europa Conference League form:
  • D.
  • D.
  • W.
  • D.
  • L.
  • W.

CSKA Sofia Form (all competitions):
  • D.
  • L.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • D.

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Roma coach Jose Mourinho pictured on September 12, 2021

A nearly fully fit Roma squad will greet CSKA on Thursday night, while Jose Mourinho recently greeted the injury-ridden defender Chris Smalling and he stood on the bench at the weekend. The Englishman could now start in a back four; possibly assisted by full-back Matias Vinawho was recovering from an injury sustained in an international match to help defeat Sassuolo.

Nicolo Zaniolo previously retired from the Italian squad with a thigh contusion, but has since been fit and played on Sunday. However, he can be rested in the middle of the week, with Carles Perez and Gonzalo Villar – Both regular players in the Europa League last year – contenders for the start.

Mourinho’s likely 4-2-3-1 formation is likely to include summer signings Eldor Shomurodov as a lonely man in front, as a new boy Tammy Abraham is given a break before the weekend trip to Verona.

Meanwhile, the visitors Bismark Charles, Menno Koch and Thibaut Vion injured for the trip to Rome while first choice striker Jordy Caicedo – who scored his fifth goal in eleven games at the weekend – has to serve a suspension.

In the absence of the Ecuadorian, the youngest Bulgarian debutant is Kaloyan Krastev and Ahmed Ahmedov – still without a goal this season – are the most likely starters in the attack.

Roma possible starting line-up:
Patrick; Ibanez, Smalling, Kumbulla, Vina; Diawara, Villar; Perez, Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Shomurodov

CSKA Sofia possible starting line-up:
Busatto; Turitsov, Mattheij, Lam, Mazikou; Carey, Youga, Geferson; Yomov, Ahmedov, Wildschut


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Probability: Roma 2-0 CSKA Sofia

Jose Mourinho hadn’t won his first five games at any of his previous clubs before last weekend, but his 1001st game as head coach is the Portuguese tactician’s sixth win in a row.

With a vastly superior squad to choose from – with plenty of European experience – he can even rotate his resources and still defeat his colleague Stoycho Mladenov, who once played for Vitoria Setubal when “Mou” first coached his home club’s youth.


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