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            Brighton vs. Roma Prediction & Betting Tips

            Brighton & Hove Albion are hoping to restore some pride on Thursday night as they welcome Roma to the Amex Stadium in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie, a game that follows a sobering defeat in the Italian capital.

            Date: 14/03/2024

            Kick-off time: 20:00

            Location: Amex Stadium

            Under the tutelage of Roberto De Zerbi, Brighton & Hove Albion embarked on the 2023-24 campaign with a sense of optimism and ambition after an excellent campaign last season. Positioned 8th in the Premier League with 42 points, the Seagulls have showcased a brand of football that oscillates between brilliance and frustration. Despite not reaching the heights of the previous season, Brighton's journey has been commendable, particularly considering the adversity faced due to significant injuries plaguing key players. This resilience in the face of challenges underscores the squad's depth and De Zerbi's adeptness at maximising the squad at his disposal.

            The first leg against Roma represented a stark reality check for Brighton, with the 4-0 defeat in Rome exposing vulnerabilities that the team has occasionally managed to mask over the course of the season. The result was a departure from the standard Brighton have set under De Zerbi, raising questions about their ability to rebound in European competition. However, Brighton's squad, featuring talents like Simon Adingra and Pascal Groß, holds the potential to upset expectations.

            Despite the slim prospects of overturning the first-leg deficit, Brighton's campaign in the Europa League has been a narrative of ambition and growth. Their participation alone represents a significant achievement, with the club aiming to make a mark on the European stage, embodying the spirit of competition and the desire to excel against the continent's established clubs.

            AS Roma's season has been one of transformation and rebirth. Currently sitting 5th in Serie A with 48 points, the Giallorossi's campaign has been revitalised following the appointment of Daniele De Rossi. The legendary former player's return to the club in a managerial capacity has rekindled a sense of optimism and attacking flair that had been conspicuously absent under José Mourinho. De Rossi's influence has been profound, instilling a brand of football that is not only effective but also highly entertaining to watch.

            The revival of Roma under De Rossi has been emblematic of a club rediscovering its identity. Players like Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala have been instrumental in this resurgence, finding form and contributing significantly to Roma's aspirations in both domestic and European competitions. The first-leg victory against Brighton highlighted Roma's potency and tactical coherence, setting the stage for a campaign that could potentially end in silverware.

            Roma's history in European competitions is storied, with the club having tasted success and endured heartbreak in equal measure. The prospect of winning the Europa League represents not just an opportunity to claim a coveted trophy but also to assert a renewed status in European football. Despite challenges in away fixtures, particularly in England, Roma's current form and strategic approach under De Rossi suggest a team capable of overcoming historical hurdles.

            The second leg at Brighton's home ground presents both teams with distinct challenges and opportunities. For Brighton, the match is an opportunity to salvage pride and demonstrate their capability to compete at the highest level, despite the adversities faced this season.

            For Roma, the fixture is a chance to consolidate their first-leg advantage and progress in a competition that offers a tangible reward for their season's efforts. The strategic battle between De Zerbi and De Rossi should make this one a hugely interesting encounter, even if the first leg result removed most of the tie's competitiveness.

            Both Teams To Score

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            Romelu Lukaku To Score Anytime

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            Roma To Win Either Half

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            Team News

            Brighton Team News:

            James Milner and João Pedro are not quite ready to make their comebacks from injury yet while Solly March, Kaoru Mitoma and Jack Hinshelwood all remain long-term absentees.

            Danny Welbeck and Facundo Buonanotte both started the game against Nottingham Forest at the weekend on the bench, and both should come back into the starting lineup for this one.

            Roma Team News:

            The visitors will be without Tammy Abraham and Rasmus Kristensen for this one as they come into this game with a fairly clean bill of health.

            Daniele De Rossi may make a change or two here as he looks to take advantage of a wide lead and hand a rest to one or two players, with Rick Karsdorp, Edoardo Bove and Nicola Zalewski all pushing for a place in the starting lineup.

            Form Guide (Last Five Games)

            Brighton's form of late has been poor as the Seagulls enter this game having won one, drawn one and lost three of their last five games. However, that win did come in their most recent game where on Sunday afternoon they rebounded from the loss in Rome with a 1-0 win at home to a struggling Nottingham Forest. It was by no means a convincing performance by Brighton and it required an own goal by the visitors to seal the points, but it did at least chalk a win on the board in light of a four-match winless run.

            At the Amex, Brighton's form has been much more encouraging with Roberto De Zerbi's men having won three and drawn two of their last five games on home soil.

            In complete contrast to Brighton, Roma are coming into this encounter in fine form having won four and drawn one of their last five games. At the weekend, Roma were held to a 2-2 draw away at Fiorentina, with Diego Llorente rescuing a point for Roma in the 95th minute after Houssem Aouar had levelled the score at 1-1 midway through the second half.

            While not a win, the point was still a solid result for Roma and it extended their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions

            Roma have been strong away from home of late too, with the Italian side having won three and drawn two of their last five games away from home.

            Footy Accumulators Prediction

            Brighton will probably approach this game with more intensity than their opponents as they look to save face following the one-sided pasting in Rome. Both of these sides play an attractive brand of football so we should see an entertaining game, but Roma are simply a better side than Brighton right now so a win will be hard to come by for the Seagulls. Brighton aren't easily beaten at the Amex so we think they'll avoid defeat, and we should see no shortage of goals given the attacking talent on the pitch. We predict: Brighton 2-2 Roma.

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            Where To Watch

            Subscribed viewers in the U.K. can watch the game live on TNT Sports 3 while full radio coverage will be provided by BBC Radio Sussex.