Alasdair Mackenzie Date: 6th August 2020 at 5:47pm
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Roma must get past Europa League stalwarts Sevilla to progress to the quarter-finals in a single-leg tie in Duisburg on Thursday.

The Giallorossi know that going all the way in European football’s secondary competition is their only route to Champions League football next season, but the Spanish five-time winners stand in their way.

Both sides ended their domestic campaigns in excellent form; Roma finished fifth in Serie A after winning seven matches in an eight-game unbeaten run, and Sevilla clinched fourth place after going 15 matches without defeat.

Jordan Veretout is suspended for the capital club, while Lorenzo Pellegrini’s involvement is in doubt after he fractured his nose in the home against Fiorentina.

They must also make do without influential Chris Smalling, who has returned to parent club United after his loan spell ended.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides, but Sevilla knocked Roma’s city rivals out of the competition at the last 32 stage last season.

Sevilla: Bounou; Navas, Kounde, Diego , Reguilon; Fernando, Banega, Jordan; Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Suso

Roma: Pau Lopez; Mancini, Ibanez, Kolarov; , Cristante, Diawara, Spinazzola; Zaniolo, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko