Four teams will battle it out for a place in the Europa League final when the second legs of the semi-finals take place on Thursday and all of them will feel they have a great chance of making the final in Budapest on Wednesday 31st May 2023.
Roma head to Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen having won the first leg of their clash 1-0, while their Serie A rivals Juventus head to Sevilla in the other last-four clash following a 1-1 draw in Italy in their opening encounter last week.
The market to win the Europa League is an open one with Sevilla 9/4, Roma 9/4, Juventus at 5/2 and Bayer Leverkusen available at 4/1.
|What||Bayer Leverkusen v Roma|
|Where||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany|
|When||20:00 Thursday 18th May 2023|
|How to watch||Live on BT Sport 3|
|Odds||Bayer Leverkusen 1/1, Draw 12/5, Roma 29/10|
Jose Mourinho guided Roma to a triumph in the Europa Conference League last season and they have made a strong start to their semi-final following a home win last week.
Edoardo Bove was on hand to score the all-important goal that gave Roma a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of their clash with Bayer Leverkusen, but Mourinho will know his team cannot take anything for granted.
They have generally struggled on the road lately and one win from their last 11 away matches in all competitions is not a cause for confidence in the Italian camp.
Roma have not won any of their last five Serie A matches, which goes some way to explaining why they are 29/10 to come out on top in this one on the night.
A draw would be enough to see them through and they are 1/2 to qualify for the final in Budapest at the end of the month, but they need to find their shooting boots.
Mourinho’s side have not scored more than one goal in any of their last six matches, so it is little surprise to see under 2.5 goals at 8/11 for this clash, which is something that has happened in six of Leverkusen’s last eight outings.
Xabi Alonso’s outfit need to get back on track after failing to win any of their last three games, the latest of which was a disappointing 1-1 draw with Bundesliga strugglers Stuttgart.
They have lost their last seven matches against Serie A opposition, but will take confidence from beating both Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig at the BayArena this season.
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|What||Sevilla v Juventus|
|Where||Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, Seville, Spain|
|When||20:00 Thursday 18th May 2023|
|How to watch||Live on BT Sport 2|
|Odds||Sevilla 7/5, Draw 11/5, Juventus 21/10|
Sevilla will be cursing that they allowed Juventus to grab an injury-time equaliser in the first leg, but confidence is likely to be high that they can do enough to reach the final.
The six-time winners had a Youssef En-Nesyri goal to thank for giving them the lead in Turin and the Moroccan has been a star in this competition, scoring twice in their quarter-final victory over Manchester United.
He is 15/4 to score the first goal in Thursday’s game and his team have won 24 of their last 27 home matches in this competition.
They have not had a great season, but they are finishing strongly under manager Jose Luis Mendilibar, who has presided over eight victories in his 12 games at the helm.
So they are no longer scraping at the bottom of La Liga and still have a great chance of reaching the Champions League through this competition.
Juventus, meanwhile, have had their own turbulent campaign, but they have won their last three Serie A matches.
Of their last 15 matches, 13 have featured fewer than three goals so it would not be a surprise if this was another tense affair, with under 2.5 goals available to back at 8/11.
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