Roma vs Leicester: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, team news for TONIGHT'S Europa Conference League semi-final
LEICESTER CITY will be eager to conclude their disappointing season by booking themselves a Europa Conference League final spot TONIGHT.
But Roma have ambitions of their own as they look to make it to their first European final since 1990/91.
- Start time: 8pm GMT
- TV/Live stream: BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Ultimate
- Roma XI: To follow
- Leicester XI: To follow
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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers and Roma boss Jose Mourinho have quite a history.
Rodgers worked as a coach for Chelsea's reserves during Mourinho's first stint in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The ex-Liverpool boss joined the Blues in 2006, two years after Mourinho took over, and left in 2008 – a year after the Portuguese tactician departed.
The two men have a lot of respect for each other, which was shown after last week's Europa Conference League first leg at King Power Stadium when the Norther Irishman gifted the ex-Manchester United boss a bottle of his "favourite" Portuguese wine
How do Leicester go through?
Leicester need to beat Roma to go through to the first ever Europa Conference League Final.
The pair's first game at the King Power Stadium ended with a 1-1 draw and away goals don't apply this season.
Therefore, if the match ends in a draw then there will be extra-time and penalties, if needed.
But if the Giallorossi win then they will go through to the final instead.
The winner will face either Marseille or Feyenoord in the final on May 25 at the Arena Kombetare in Albania
How did they get there?
Leicester made it to the Europa Conference League semi-finals after finishing third in their Europa League group.
The Foxes were eliminated by Spartak Moscow, who topped Group C, as well as Napoli and finished above Legia Warsaw who were knocked out of Europe.
Brendan Rodgers' men then eliminated Randers, Rennes and PSV Eindhoven in the Europa Conference League play-offs, Last 16 and quarter-finals respectively.
Roma started out in the Europa Conference League group stage where they finished above Bodo Glimt, Zorya Luhansk and CSKA Sofia.
The Giallorossi then eliminated Vitesse and Bodo from the Last 16 and quarter-finals respectively
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Last week’s Europa Conference League semi-final first leg marked the first time Roma and Leicester crossed paths.
That is mainly down to the Foxes’ long absence from Europe until their shock Premier League triumph in 2016.
However, Brendan Rodgers’ men don’t have tradition by their side when dealing with Italian teams as they have never beaten a Serie A side.
Leicester have only faced on Italian team before the Giallorossi and that was Napoli, whom they failed to beat in this season’s Europa League group stage after a loss in Naples and a draw at home
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Good evening from Rome
Welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of the Europa Conference League semi-final second leg between Roma and Leicester at the Olimpico.
The Foxes were held up to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at King Power Stadium where Gianluca Mancini’s own goal cancelled out Lorenzo Pellegrini’s opener.
The visitors’ manager Brendan Rodgers has been issued a transfer boost as James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall are back to full fitness.
Maddison and Dewsbury-Hall missed Sunday's 3-1 loss at Tottenham due to injury but have shaken off a hip and calf problem respectively.
Jamie Vardy is also available, but Ryan Bertrand and Wilfred Ndidi remain sidelined with a knee injury.
Nampalys Mendy is ineligible as he was not registered for this season’s Europa Conference League.
Roma boss Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, has also been dealt with a boost as Nicolo Zaniolo and Bryan Cristante are available.
Leonardo Spinazzola is also fit to feature after a long-term layoff since Euro 2020 when he injured his Achilles while on duty with reigning European champions Italy.
Mourinho is set to reintroduce Chris Smalling, Tammy Abraham, Pellegrini and Nicola Zalewski after dropping them on the bench against Bologna in the weekend.
Abraham will lead the line for the Giallorossi amid a fantastic season that has seen the former Chelsea ace register a total of 24 goals and five assists in 48 matches across all competitions
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