Europa Conference League semi-finals: Match previews and how to watch both games on BT Sport

Leicester face Roma in a fascinating clash while Feyenoord take on Marseille in the Europa Conference League semi-final first leg ties, exclusively live on BT Sport.

By George Mills Published: 26 April 2022 - 4.47pm

Leicester take on Jose Mourinho's Roma in the pick of the two Europa Conference League semi-finals continue on Thursday night, with Marseille travelling to Feyenoord in a game also exclusively live on BT Sport.

Read on for match previews and live-stream details as the inaugural Europa Conference League reaches crunch time at the business end of the season.

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Leicester vs Roma - 7.15pm (8pm KO) on BT Sport 3HD - Watch live stream

Leicester made history earlier this month as they came from behind to beat PSV and ensure they booked their place in a European semi-final for the first time ever.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have endured something of a stop-start season over the past few months, flitting between spells of excellence and frustration in equal measure.

The latter is where the Foxes find themselves heading into arguably the biggest game in their history, having failed to win any of their last three matches.

That winless streak includes a devastating loss to Newcastle in the 95th minute and conceding a last-gasp equaliser to Everton in the 92nd minute, giving Rodgers some cause for concern about the concentration levels of his team.

They’ll need to be back at the top of their game ahead of the visit of Roma, with a number of former Premier League personnel counted among the Serie A side’s squad.

Manager Jose Mourinho needs no introduction on his return to these shores as he takes on a man in the opposite dugout who rose through the coaching ranks under Mourinho’s watch at Chelsea.

Rodgers had the beating of Mourinho the last time the two managers clashed with Leicester beating Spurs 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December 2020 – but the Portuguese manager had previously gone five Premier League games unbeaten against his Northern Irish counterpart.

English trio Chris Smalling, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Tammy Abraham are among Mourinho’s key lieutenants in his current side, with the form of former Chelsea man Abraham of particular note since his move to the Italian capital.

The 24-year-old is the joint leading scorer in the competition this year alongside Feyenoord’s Cyriel Dessers with eight strikes so far.

Leicester’s defensive injury crisis appears to have eased at the right time thanks to the returns of Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans in recent weeks, and Foxes fans will be hoping the duo are on top form to keep the dangerous Abraham quiet.

 

Feyenoord vs Marseille - 8pm on BT Sport Extra 1HD - Watch live stream

Two teams who will cross paths for only the third time in UEFA competition face off in the other Europa Conference League semi-final as Feyenoord take on Marseille.

Dutch Eredivisie giants Feyenoord are enjoying their most successful season in Europe for two decades as they celebrated reaching a first European semi-final since the season they went on to win the UEFA Cup in 2002.

Manager Arne Slot will be quietly confident his side can replicate their trophy-winning heroics from that campaign with a talented young team at his disposal this time around.

Nigerian striker Cyriel Dessers is in top form in the competition, leading the goalscoring charts alongside Roma's Tammy Abraham on six, while defender Marcos Senesi has been attracting the attention of sides across Europe with his form in the back line.

Feyenoord are yet to lose in the competition having qualified for the knockout stages top of their group before seeing off Partizan Belgrade and Slavia Prague to earn their place in the final four.

Marseille, meanwhile, landed in the Europa Conference League by way of finishing third in their Europa League group.

But Jorge Sampaoli's side have clearly enjoyed their time in the inaugural tournament so far, winning all of their six games to defeat FK Qarabag, Basel and PAOK on their way to the semi-finals.

The French side left it late to defeat Reims at the weekend to keep hold of second spot in Ligue 1, but their full attention will need to be on their Dutch hosts this Thursday to avoid a costly slip-up in the first leg of the semi-finals.