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Europa League Round of 16: Roma vs Brighton & Hove Albion Preview, Scheule & Lineups

Stadio Olimpico Set for Europa League Clash: Roma vs Brighton

The Europa League Round of 16 kicks off with a high-profile encounter between AS Roma and Brighton & Hove Albion at the iconic Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The first leg promises an exciting matchup between a resurgent Roma and a Brighton side hungry for European success.

Match Schedule

  • Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024
  • Time: 18:45 CET (Central European Time)
  • Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Roma Eyeing Europa League Glory

The Giallorossi, under the leadership of club legend Daniele De Rossi, are in top form. They boast a strong home record in the Europa League, having lost just one of their last 23 matches at the Stadio Olimpico. Attacking firepower won't be a concern for Roma, with the likes of Paulo Dybala, Romelu Lukaku, and Stephan El Shaarawy in their ranks.

Brighton Face a Daunting Task

The Seagulls, on the other hand, come into the match on the back of a disappointing Premier League defeat. Injuries have also hampered their preparations. Key players like Kaoru Mitoma, Joao Pedro, Solly March, and James Milner are all unavailable. However, Brighton still possess a talented squad, with Leandro Trossard, Danny Welbeck, and Alexis Mac Allister capable of causing problems for the Roma defense.

Predicted Lineups

  • Roma (3-4-2-1): Svilar (GK), Celik, Mancini, Smalling, Zalewski, Cristante, Pellegrini, Wijnaldum, Dybala, El Shaarawy, Abraham
  • Brighton (5-4-1): Sanchez (GK), Lamptey, Dunk, Dunk, Veltman, Estupinan, Lallana, Caicedo, Gross, Trossard, Welbeck

Key Players to Watch

  • Roma: Paulo Dybala - The Argentine forward has been in scintillating form this season and will be Roma's main attacking threat.
  • Brighton: Danny Welbeck - The experienced striker will be crucial for Brighton's attacking play, especially with key players missing.

A Close Encounter Expected

While Roma are favorites on paper, Brighton's defensive resilience and ability to counter-attack should not be underestimated. The atmosphere at the Stadio Olimpico is sure to be electric, and both teams will be determined to take a lead into the second leg. This first leg promises to be a tight and intriguing contest.

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