It's that time of year again: time for midweek European matches. Well, midweek might be a bit generous since Europe's Junior Varsity tournament, the Europa League, often gets relegated to Thursday afternoons. Nevertheless, Roma were considered by many to be among the favorites (or at least not a complete longshot) in last season's competition before falling to Sevilla in the Round of 16 and should, if you take BSC Young Boys manager Gerardo Seoane's word for it, be considered the odds-on favorites to advance from a Group A that also features CFJ Cluj and PFC CSKA Sofia.
But favorites and odds only matter in the seconds before kickoff. Can Roma get their latest European quest off to a hot start?
We're about to find out:
So spielt YB heute Abend— BSC YOUNG BOYS (@BSC_YB) October 22, 2020
In der Europa League dürfen 23 Spieler auf dem Matchblatt figurieren und 5 Wechsel vorgenommen werden. YB heute ohne Lauper, Martins, Spielmann, Petignat (alle verletzt), Garcia (rekonvaleszent nach Isolation) und Seferi (n.A.). #BSCYB #YBROMA pic.twitter.com/DOSa30PgpK