For our Roma vs. Salzburg prediction, we're going for a 1-1 draw.
Jose Mourinho's Roma attempt to overturn a one goal deficit in Rome on Thursday night as they play the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie against RB Salzburg.
AS Roma enter this game having had a fairly underwhelming season in Europe. They qualified for the knockout phase of this competition by finishing 2nd in Group C, a group containing Real Betis, Ludogorets Razgrad and HJK Helsinki. The Italian club were firmly second best to a superior Real Betis side that ultimately finished six points clear of them at the top.
Domestically, however, their season has been a success as they currently sit 3rd in Serie A, albeit only three points clear of Atalanta in 6th.
Form-wise they're not necessarily in the best place having won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five matches in all competitions, the most recent of which was a 1-0 win over Verona in Serie A.
Roma having been setting the world alight going forward of late, with Mourinho's side managing an average of just one goal per game across their last five matches. Considering the attacking talent at their disposal this will be a concern to fans.
While they aren't pulling up any trees, Roma are an efficient team at worst that are tough to beat and are able to get results when they need them. Qualification is far from assured here, though, and this tie is as close to a 50/50 as you're likely to see.
RB Salzburg reached the last 16 of the Europa League by finishing 3rd in Group E in the Champions League, a group containing Chelsea, AC Milan and Dinamo Zagreb.
Salzburg enter this game with a slender 1-0 lead after toppling Roma on home soil courtesy of a Nicolas Capaldo goal in the 88th minute. The Austrian side will have felt their win was deserved having dominated both the possession and shot stats and they've now piled the pressure onto their opponents in the second leg.
Their form entering this game is typically strong having won each of their last three consecutive matches in all competitions, the most recent of which was a 3-1 win away at WSG Tirol.
Their away form is also strong having won their last three in a row on the road, but having been crushed 4-0 by Milan at San Siro in the Champions League back in November there will be some concern regarding how they'll cope here.
In all likelihood this will be a tight, competitive game and considering Roma's struggles in front of goal Salzburg will fancy themselves here - particularly if they can nick an early goal.