Roma vs. Brighton & Hove Albion Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
5 March 2024, 13:44

One of the most interesting pairs of 1/8 UEFA Europa League will see Roma and Brighton. Roma has already had a tough match against Feyenoord, winning the Dutch team in a dramatic fashion in a penalty shootout. Brighton, despite having no European experience, looked solid in a group stage and is still yet to lose its away match in the framework of UEFA, having won against Ajax and AEK. Moreover, the Seagulls are on the run of four consecutive wins in Europa League. Roma under De Rossi looks like the team who is able to stop this impressive run given all the problems that Brighton are having in their current situation. The teams have never met before, adding excitement to the upcoming clash.

Roma vs. Brighton & Hove Albion Preview 

Roma Preview

The sacking of Jose Mourinho proved to be a right decision, at least in the short-term, given the results of the capital club. Roma is striving under Daniele De Rossi’s leadership with a 5-matches unbeaten streak. Moreover, while the team struggled with scoring goals in the first half of the season, formation changes implemented by Roma legend looks justified, given that Roma scored 18 goals in the last 7 matches. Roma is eager to reach the finals of Europa League in order to get revenge for last year's loss, and the statistics are favourable for the capital club, at least for this round of the playoffs. Premier League teams usually have problems at Olimpico, with Roma winning 7 of the last 8 matches against English clubs. Moreover, Roma lost only one home match in the UEFA competitions from their last 30 matches.

Brighton & Hove Albion Preview 

Brighton seems to have lost its guts amid the hard calendar and the need to have a heavy bench in different competitions. Roberto De Zerbi’s team won only one match from their last five games, with the only goal scored in the last three, which clearly indicates serious problems in the attacking play. While Ansu Fati lacks confidence, Joao Pedro is out of form, another blow came from the injury of Kaoru Mitoma, another key attacking player for De Zerbi. In addition to it, the Seagulls performed poorly in the defence, conceding 3 from Fulham in the last round of Premier League. Given the form of Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku, the visit to Olimpico looks threatening for Brighton and it might be the end of the team’s first European campaign.

Betting Tips for Roma vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

Roma Draw No Bet

If this match happened several months ago, there would have been way more questions regarding the possible outcomes. Currently, given the crisis in Brighton, a solid amount of injuries in the attacking lines and poor performance in the defence, the Italian side looks more formidable. De Rossi managed to bring back the fire to Rome, reigniting the strong sides of Romelu Lukaku, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Paulo Dybala. In its current state, Roma has all the chances not to lose the first match of this playoff battle. For this Roma vs. Brighton & Hove Albion prediction, Unibet gives odds of 1.57.

Roma Total Goals Over 1.5

While admitting the inconsistency in defensive play, Roma responded with a hurricane of goals scored. Mourihno struggled to use the strong sides of his players, frequently resorting to repeatable crosses, while De Rossi solved this problem, resulting in 10 goals scored in the last three matches of Serie A. Brighton's defence is vulnerable now and there is a great chance to get a significant advantage before the second-leg match in England. Roma vs. Brighton & Hove Albion odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.95.

Romelu Lukaku to Score at Any Time

Once a main hero for Jose Mourinho, Lukaku continues to shine under De Rossi, being on the scoresheet in the last match against Monza (4-1). Lukaku has a special relationship with UEFA Europa League, scoring 17 goals in his last 19 matches in this tournament. While Tammy Abraham’s return on the pitch is still far away, Lukaku plays the main role in Roma’s attack and has all the chances to score against Brighton, as he used to do being a Chelsea and Manchester United player. For this Roma vs. Brighton & Hove Albion tip, Unibet gives 1.97.

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