Kick-off: 2000, 25/05/2022
Stadium: Arena Kombetare
TV: BT Sport
Roma are fancied to prove just too strong for Feyenoord in the inaugural Europa Conference League final at the beautiful Arena Kombetare in Tirana.
The Giallorossi can draw on the experience of a number of proven winners on the pitch, plus master tactician Jose Mourinho in the dugout.
Punters can get 2.1 for the Italian outfit to get the job done in normal time and that is our first Roma vs Feyenoord prediction.
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Roma have had a solid season in Serie A and were always ranked among the favourites to lift this trophy.
Mourinho enjoyed European success in higher-profile tournaments with Porto, Inter Milan and Manchester United, but there was never any danger of him not taking this new competition seriously.
There have been some bumps along the road for the Giallorossi, but Vitesse Arnhem, Bodo Glimt and Leicester were seen off to reach this stage.
Italy international Lorenzo Pellegrini and Tammy Abraham, a £34million recruit from Chelsea, scored in a 2-1 aggregate win over the Foxes in the semi-finals.
Rui Patricio and Chris Smalling provide stability at the back, while exciting young playmaker Nicolo Zaniolo adds creative flair going forward.
On reaching the final, Mourinho said: “It’s a victory of the family – not just players and coaches but the family that was in the stadium. This is our greatest merit; this empathy, sense of family.
“We played an extraordinary game. The boys were extraordinary, they deserve this. We’ve had a great run to get there and 14 games is a lot. Now we’re in a final and we want to win.
“I shed a tear because my emotion was for everyone who loves this club. This is a giant club without the trophy room in relation to the dimension of the club.”
Feyenoord obviously warrant respect, as they have gone 12 games without defeat from the group stage onwards.
Partizan Belgrade and Slavia Prague were beaten in high-scoring knockout ties to set up a tricky semi with Marseille.
Another entertaining encounter saw Arne Slot’s side claim a 3-2 first-leg lead in Holland and they held firm for a goalless stalemate in France.
Cyriel Dessers said: “We showed that it’s not just about good football; we can also battle for a result.
“Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that we would reach a European final? This is amazing. It still hasn’t sunk in.
“To get a result in an intimidating stadium like this is incredible. We gave away very few chances, so we deserve this.”
Dessers is the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals, one ahead of Abraham, while Luis Sinisterra has six and four assists.
Guus Til is another player to watch out for, but we just fear Feyenoord lack the class for a match as big as this.
If Roma get in front, past history suggests Mourinho will look to shut the game down – and they have the ability to do just that.
Let’s finish off our Roma vs Feyenoord betting tips by taking 8.25 for the Giallorossi to prevail 1-0.
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