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Feyenoord vs Roma Europa League quarter-final first leg preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg between Feyenoord and Roma.

Europa League quarter-finals: Feyenoord vs Roma

Feyenoord and Roma meet in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday 13 April.

Feyenoord vs Roma at a glance

When: Thursday 13 April (18:45 CET kick-off)
Where: Stadion Feijenoord 'De Kuip', Rotterdam
What: UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage can be found here
Winners face Leverkusen or Union SG in the semi-finals, playing the home leg first

Where to watch Feyenoord vs Roma on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Europa League broadcast partner(s) here.

What do you need to know?

Feyenoord and Roma need few introductions; the two teams met in last season's UEFA Europa Conference League final, with Nicolò Zaniolo scoring the only goal as José Mourinho's side took the title in Tirana. The pair had previously crossed paths in the 2014/15 Europa League round of 32, drawing 1-1 in Rome before Roma won the return leg 2-1 in Rotterdam.

The Rotterdam club had two players sent off in that latter game but will hope to keep their cool this time. Arne Slot's side are top of the Dutch Eredivisie and are this season's Europa League leading scorers with 21 goals. No Mourinho side should be written off lightly, but Roma have been on a lean run of late, a derby defeat by Lazio on 19 March prompting some soul-searching.

2022 Conference League final highlights: Roma 1-0 Feyenoord

Possible line-ups

Feyenoord: Bijlow; Geertruida, Trauner, Hancko, Hartman; Wieffer, Kökçü, Szymański; Jahanbakhsh, Gimenez, Idrissi
Misses next match if booked: Timber, Wålemark

Roma: Rui Patrício; Mancini, Smalling, Ibañez; Zalewski, Wijnaldum, Matić, Spinazzola; Dybala, Pellegrini; Belotti
Misses next match if booked: Mancini, Matić, Spinazzola

Form guide

Form (all competitions, most recent first)
Where they stand: 1st in Dutch Eredivisie

Form (all competitions, most recent first)
Where they stand: 3rd in Italian Serie A

Expert predictions

Derek Brookman, Feyenoord reporter
Arne Slot's men are in tremendous form. Their 2-1 defeat to Ajax in the Dutch Cup semi-final on Wednesday was their first reverse since November, and they are eight points clear at the top of the Eredivisie. Having prevailed over their opponents' city rivals Lazio in the group stage, they have plenty of cause to believe that they can complete a Rome double on Thursday.

Francesco Corda, Roma reporter
Buoyed by the weekend win against Torino that lifted them up to third in Serie A, Roma will travel to De Kuip in high spirits. José Mourinho's team will be plotting an approach similar to last season's Europa Conference League final victory: the strong defence that has brought them 17 clean sheets this season and counterattacks to exploit their quality up front. Even so, the Giallorossi know that Feyenoord have improved a great deal this term, as their position as Eredivisie leaders testifies. Everything points to a balanced and unmissable tie.

Roma vs Feyenoord: 2015 flashback

View from the camps

Arne Slot, Feyenoord coach: "They have kept their team together [from last season's Europa Conference League final] and brought in two or three more big players. That has given them even more individual quality. A narrow victory for us would be a very good result."

Orkun Kökçü, Feyenoord midfielder: "We were having lunch and we saw that the opponent would be Roma. And then the feeling was immediately that of wanting revenge. At the time [of last season's final], we were very close."

José Mourinho, Roma coach: "This season's Europa League is a tough one – we've knocked out two top sides in RB Salzburg and Real Sociedad so far. We've now made it to the quarter-finals and many top sides have reached this stage."

Chris Smalling, Roma defender: "We're in the quarter-finals now so we, like all the other teams, can compete for the trophy. The level of the teams involved is much higher now."

Where is the 2023 Europa League final?

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Budapest's Puskás Aréna will host the final on 31 May 2023.

The winners gain a place in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.