Roma will start Thursday’s Last 16 second-leg tie in total command having built a healthy 3-0 lead in their first meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk last week, though the Italian giants could struggle to keep a clean sheet in the teams’ second encounter.
The Miners, who rattled four goals past Desna at the weekend, should be able to impact the scoresheet this time around, though keeping Roma out at the other end should prove just as difficult as it did in the first-leg.
The Giallorossi have notched at least once in nine of their last 12 assignments in all competitions, and they showed last week in Rome that they have the tools to unlock the Donetsk defence.
With that considered, backing both teams to score is advised for Thursday’s tussle, while our 2-1 correct score prediction tips Roma to win for the seventh time in eight Europa League fixtures.
Molde are 2-0 down heading into Thursday’s second-leg, which is supposed to be being played on home soil, but instead will take place at the Puskas Arena in Hungary due to Norwegian coronavirus restrictions.
If that did not make the task at hand tough enough, Molde are also lacking match practice, as this will be just their fourth game of the calendar year, as the domestic season in Norway is not due to get underway until April.
That lack of sharpness perhaps showed during last week’s first-leg and Molde have now only won one of their previous four matches in the Europa League.
Granada followed up their first-leg victory by beating Real Sociedad in La Liga, but both those successes came on home soil, with Diego Martinez’ side finding things a lot tougher on the road.
Indeed, Granada have only won one of their last seven away games across all competitions and that sole victory was against lower league Navalcarnero in the Cope del Rey.
The Andalusians have not won an away match outside of the Copa del Rey since December and we are predicting that run to continue on Thursday, although our prediction is for a draw given Molde’s own struggles.
My overall score prediction is for 1-1, as Molde have scored in nine of their last 10 games across all competitions, while Granada have kept just one clean-sheet across their previous 11 games on the road.
Still smarting from their derby day disappointment against Arsenal, Tottenham will be keen to restore some positivity as soon as possible, and they are worth backing to get back to winning ways against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
Spurs were comfortable winners in last week’s Last 16 first-leg against the Croatians, when a strong side, led from the front by two-goal hero Harry Kane, secured a healthy 2-0 advantage.
Jose Mourinho isn’t expected to shuffle his pack too much for the return fixture in Croatia, especially following Sunday’s reverse against bitter rivals Arsenal, and Tottenham should prove too strong for their opponents again as a result.
While their domestic form remains patchy, Spurs have found plenty of success against lower quality opponents on the continent this term and they have won six of their last seven fixtures in the Europa League.
Mourinho’s men are priced generously to record another victory in the competition this week, while our 2-1 correct score prediction tips Dinamo to notch a consolation effort on their own patch.
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