AS Roma will host Bayer Leverkusen in their UEFA Europa League semi final first leg seeking to take a step closer to the final.
Roma have reached a European semi for the third consecutive season and did it by beating Feyenoord 4-2 on aggregate.
However, Jose Mourinho’s men have more recently gone four games without a win in Serie A, losing 2-0 to Inter last time out.
Meanwhile, Leverkusen booked their place in the last four by easing past Union St. Gilloise 5-2 in the quarterfinals.
The Germans are also coming off a defeat in the Bundesliga, going down 2-1 to lowly Cologne.
Leverkusen have reached the semi-finals of a European competition for the fourth time in their history and last achieved the feat in the 2001-02 season.
Roma have managed to progress from 10 of the last 11 matches in European games and have managed to win their last seven such ties.
Roma have also just lose once out of 25 European matches played at home and are confident of a first leg triumph.
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What time does Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen start?
The game kicks off at 10pm Kenyan time at the Stadio Olimpico.
Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen team news
The hosts are boosted by the return of Georginio Wijnaldum and Paulo Dybala who are back in training.
Chris Smalling remains absent and will sit this one out, as Bryan Cristante and Roger Ibanez start in defense.
Dybala will come straight back into the starting XI to offer support to Tammy Abraham up front.
Florian Wirtz has the most goal contributions for Leverkusen in the competition and will the main point of attack.
Andrey Lunev, Patrik Schick and Charles Aranguiz are all absent however due to injury and will play no part here.
Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen head to head
Both sides have won just one out of the 5 matches played between them, with the remaining 3 resulting in a draw.
Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen current form
The hosts just have one win in their last 5 games and two defeats in that run, while Leverkusen have won twice and lost just once in that run.
Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen prediction
Goals are expected from both sides in this match but the home team may just have the edge to win narrowly on the night.