AS Roma will face Feyenoord in Tirana for the first-ever UEFA Conference League final, the final act of Europe’s brand new third competition launched this season. While Roma have lost twice in the UEFA Europa Conference League, both to Norwegian side Bodø/Glimt, Feyenoord are unbeaten since the start of the group stage. There has been only one UEFA game between the clubs, with Roma winning 3-2 on aggregate in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 after a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico with an incident – 2-1 victory in Rotterdam in which three players, one from Fred Rutten’s Feyenoord and two from Rudi Garcia’s Roma, were sent off.
Here’s what you need to know:
Date: Wednesday May 25 | Weather: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Air Albania Stadium — Tirana, Albania
Odds: AS Rome +130; Draw +235; Feyenoord +205 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
AS Roma: While this is Roma’s third appearance in a UEFA Grand Final, and the first for 31 years, it is Mourinho’s fifth. He has triumphed in each of the previous four matches – with Porto in the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 UEFA Champions League, Inter in the 2010 UEFA Champions League and Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League. He has however lost two European Super Cups. ‘. Despite being hit for six by Manchester United and Bodø/Glimt on recent trips abroad, Roma have found the net in their last 14 European fixtures away from the Italian capital (W9 D1 L4 ). The last time they failed to score on the road in Europe was when they last met on neutral territory, when they lost 2-0 to Sevilla in the German city of Duisburg in the round of 16. 2019/20 UEFA Europa League final.
Feyenoord: Fifth in the Dutch Eredivisie last season, 29 points behind champions Ajax, Feyenoord secured their fifth European group stage appearance in six seasons by advancing through three UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying rounds at the expense of Drita, Luzern and Elfsborg. This is Feyenoord’s first European final since winning the UEFA Cup for the second time 20 years ago, beating Dortmund 3-2 at their own stadium in Rotterdam with goals from Pierre van Hooijdonk (two ) and Jon Dahl Tomasson. Their only major UEFA final in neutral territory was their 2-1 win over Celtic in 1970, although they lost the 2002 UEFA Super Cup 3-1 to Madrid in Monaco.
AS Roma are the favorites for the final victory and José Mourinho has every chance on his side. He can’t miss the chance to bring a trophy back to the club after fourteen years. TO TAKE: AS Roma 2, Feyenoord 1.