Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma

UEFA Europa League
1X2 / Moneyline
Pick: 2
Odds: 2.5
Stake: 1

Match date: 18/03/2021

First of all, this match is hard to be predicted. Today I had strong disagree with my brother. He expect Shakhtar Donetsk to win, maybe even to make a miracle and to qualify. Me, on the other side, with a different opinion. I think Roma will win.

First match ended with a high 3:0 win for Roma. Fonseca started the match without recognized striker. He targeted the visitors’ high line. Lorenzo Pellegrini opener in the 23rd minute showed the direction of the match. The goal gave Roma players confidence, while the guests came under pressure.

After that Roma changed the tactic - they sat off their opponent and waited for opportunities on the counter-attacks. Stephan El Shaarawy sumptuous strike in the 73rd minute was a direct result of that intelligent reconfiguration. That was his first goal since returning in January, and spreading the scoring responsibility, something very important at the moment. Gianluca Mancini made it 3:0 four minutes later.

Roma were poor against Parma on Sunday, but that's normal. Even teams like Real, Barcelona, Liverpool and PSG are losing matches in the busy period of the busiest season.

Now about Shakhtar Donetsk. First of all, it's a return home for Paulo Fonseca, who was on the Shakhtar bench for several years. I know the players are not the same, but Fonseca know the soul of the club. This could be important in the "mental preparation" for this match.

And finally, about Shakhtar Donetsk. They are in poor form at the moment, losing three matches of the last five. They suffered a defeat to Zorya in the league. Next, they suffered a shameful elimination from the cup. I don't know nothing about Ahrobiznes Volochysk, the team that humiliated them. Finally, the defeat in Europe League increased the crisis. I don't see how they could beat Roma today.

Coach Luis Castro looks well aware about the situation and chance for his team. He said: "I know perfectly well that it’s difficult, but I hope to win. If Roma win, then we can only tip our hats to them."

I expect Roma to win.

WIN Score: 1:2 Profit: +1.5
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