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Villarreal vs. Roma live: Europa League 2016/2017 - AS.com

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Welcome to live online coverage as Villarreal face AS Roma in the Europa League 2016/17 Round of 16 first leg. Kick off tonight at the Estadio de la Cerámica is at 21:05 CET.

 

Europa League action returns to the Estadio de la Cerámica as Villarreal and AS Roma go head to head in the round of 16 game in what is one of the most attractive ties of the competition.

VILLARREAL

A successful Europa League campaign offers Villarreal a great opportunity to make a statement in European football but they face a difficult opponent in the shape of AS Roma.

The game comes at a time in the season where the "Yellow Submarine" are showing signs of irregularity in the domestic campaign following a run of just two wins, six draws and two losses in their past ten fixtures.  Fran Escribas's side hold a one point advantage over seventh placed Eibar and are current occupants of a Europa League place for the forthcoming season.

An indifferent group phase against supposedly weaker rivals saw the men in yellow finishing Group L in second place after competition all the way from Osmanlispor (Turkey), FC Zurich and Romanian outfit Steaua.

Escribá must do without long term injury hit Roberto Soldado and everything suggests to a starting XI not disimilar to that which started at the weekend as Málaga visited the Mediterranean based side.

Player to watch: Sansone. The Italian player has bagged seven goals for Villarreal in domestic competition and will be anxious to improve on his solitary strike in European competition this season.

AS ROMA

Serie A side Roma visit Villarreal with the tie one of the most attractive match-ups in the Round of 16 first leg Europa League fixtures.

Roma, currently second in the Serie A league table come into tonight's clash on the back of seven wins, a solitary draw and just two defeats in their past ten matches.

The side from the Italian capital managed to top Group E in their qualifying phase and remained unbeaten in the campaign winning three and drawing three games in a theoretically easy group that also featured FC Astra, Viktoria Plzen and Austria Vienna.

Roma coach Luciano Spaletti is in the envious position of counting on a full squad as his side aim to take a positive result back to the Estadio Olimpico for next Thursday's return leg.

Player to watch: Dzeko. The Bosnian international shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to finding the net. 18 strikes in Serie A and five goals in the Europa League proving that the biggest threat for Asenjo in the Villarreal goal will come from the boots of the former Manchester City striker.

Villarreal - AS Roma odds

As of 1700 CET, Villarreal are slight favourites (paying out around 2.60 for every euro staked) ahead of their opponents (You can get around 2.90 for your euro if you fancy an Italian victory). According to the bookies, Edin Dzeko is the most likely to nestle one in the onion bag first (around five to one). Place your bet on Villarreal - Roma.

  • Competition Europa League - Last 16
  • Date Thursday, 16/02/2017
  • Stadium Estadio de la Cerámica - Villarreal

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