Roma welcomes Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in a game from Europa League
Roma welcomes Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in a game from Group J of Europa League. We are going to examine this clash at the Stadio Olimpico in our Europa League predictions today.
Roma found outside Top 4 of the Serie A last season, which meant that the Wolves won’t participate again in the Champions League. This is how they found themselves in the Europa League group stages, so now they will try to do as good as possible in this tournament.
This is going to be a first European fixture for Roma’s new manager Paulo Fonseca. The Portuguese tactician arrived in the summer from the Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk. He’s still unbeaten as a manager of Roma, starting his career in the Serie A with one win and two draws.
Fonseca achieved his first win as a manager of Roma last weekend, when his players beat the visiting Sassuolo with 4-2 at the Olimpico. The new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first goal for the club, while Bryan Cristante, Edin Dzeko and Justin Kluivert also put their names on the scoresheet. It was a good day for Roma.
In the last few years Istanbul Basaksehir proved to be one of Turkey’s best clubs. This year they had the chance to qualify for the Champions League, but they got eliminated by Olympiakos during the qualifiers. This is how they found themselves in the Europa League group stage.
Istanbul Basaksehir are currently managed by the Turkish tactician and former international player Okan Buruk. In their squad you can find well known figures like Robinho, Demba Ba, Eljero Elia, Arda Turan, Gael Clichy and Martin Skrtel. In their last game in the Turkish Super Lig Istanbul Basaksehir made a 1-1 draw with Sivasspor at home.
We believe that Roma are the big favourite to win against Istanbul Basaksehir and start their Europa League campaign with a win. But in our Europa League predictions we would advice you to avoid underrestimating Istanbul Basaksehir, they have a capable team.