Gent vs AS Roma Prediction: Europa League Match on 27.02.2020
The Europa League takes center stage on Thursday evening, as teams will look to complete their missions and get through to the next stage of the competition. Gent and AS Roma will meet in Belgium, with work still to be done for the Italian giants.
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AS Roma holds the advantage from the first leg of their clash with Gent, as they won 1-0 in Rome last week. However, there is still much more to be played for here. Carles Perez scored the only goal of the game to give the Italian giants a narrow advantage, but Gent highlighted that they could still be a threat.
They registered more shots and more shots on target than the Italian side, and that will mean that they will go into this fixture thinking that they have a chance. The crucial aspect for Gent will be that they will have to have quality in the final third and take their chances when they come. Defensively they will also need to be solid, as Roma still have quality in their team that could hurt any opposition.
This competition could be Roma’s best chance of achieving Champions League football this season, as their recent form means that a gap is opening up between themselves and the top four. Roma have won just once in five in Serie A, and that run also includes three defeats. Their most recent outing, however, shows that they have quality in the final third. Last weekend they beat Lecce 4-0, and there were goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov.
Gent also scored four in their last league game as they beat Sint-Truiden 4-1. Jonathan David scored a hat-trick in that victory, while Giorgi Kvillitaia also found the net. They will have to be this prolific in the final third to get the win they need against Roma this week.
Head To Head
This will be the fourth meeting between these two sides, and Gent are still looking for their first positive result against the Italian giants. Roma have won all four previous meetings, with their last trip to Belgium to face Gent ending in a 7-1 victory back in 2009.
Gent Team News
The home side will be without Roman Yaremchuk, who is out until April with an Achilles injury.
AS Roma Team News
Lorenzo Pellegrini, Javier Pastore, Nicolo Zaniolo and Davide Zappacosta are all missing for the second leg.
Gent vs Roma Prediction
Gent do go into the second leg with a fighting chance, but AS Roma have the better players. The Italian side will edge the game and get the win that they need to progress.
Tip: AS Roma.
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