Roma hope to end the season with a UEFA Champions League place, but the competition is fierce. On Sunday, at 13:30, the Capitolines face Genoa, a team completely changed after the return of Davide Ballardini.
TOP 4, ACHIEVABLE OBJECTIVE
The fight for the Champions League in Serie A is extremely fierce. If Inter seems to have broken decisively to the title of champion, the first since 2010, Milan, Juventus, Atalanta and Roma are crowding to catch the other two positions, while Napolo and Lazio are also on the lookout.
Before the stage, Roma was on the 5th place, two points behind the champion Juventus and Atalanta. With a victory in the match with Genoa, Fonseca’s team climbs to the fourth position, where it could stay, considering that the Bergamo team plays on Monday, with Inter.
Last round, the Capitolines managed a narrow victory against Fiorentina. On Artemio Franchi, Spinazzola opened the scoring, then scoring in his own goal. Diawara’s goal, in the 88th minute, brought Rome the three points that keep it in the fight for the podium.
“Giallorossi” have lottery problems before the dispute with Genoa. In addition to the already classic absence of Zaniolo, expected to return in April, Ibanez, Santon, Calafiori and Dzeko are unavailable. At the same time, Veretout is uncertain, and Kumbulla is suspended for the accumulation of cards.
SALVATION IS CLOSER
Genoa is trying to ensure a worry-free season finale. Davide Ballardini put a team back on the water that seemed doomed to sink in Serie B under Rolando Maran. Since Ballardini’s return, at the end of last year, “Grifonul” lost only two matches in Serie A and reached the 13th place, 7 points away from the relegation zone. Sure, it’s not enough for relaxation, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism.
The statistics of the last seasons show us that 38-39 points are enough to avoid relegation. With 13 stages left until the end, Genoa already has 27 and has all the calculations in its favor, especially since two of the teams in the dangerous zone, Crotone and Parma seem already doomed.
In the previous round, Genoa played against the eternal rival, Sampdoria. In the Derby della Lanterna, Zappacosta opened the scoring, but the “Griffon” failed to maintain its advantage until the end and received a goal from Tonelli. For the match on Olimpico, Ballardini has only three players unavailable. Biraschi, Pellegrini and Rovella are injured.
GENOA HAS NOT DEFEATED ROME SINCE 2014
In the round, on Marassi, Roma won 3-1, being the second consecutive victory of the Capitolines at this score. Mkhitaryan managed a hat trick, the goal of the Ligurians being scored by Pjaca. In fact, 5 of the last 6 direct duels had over 2.5 goals scored.
In total, the team from the Italian capital won 54 times in the duels with Genoa, which won only 33 direct matches. Another 25 meetings ended in a draw. “I rossoblu” have not defeated Roma since May 2014. Since then, the Capitolines have won 10 times, registering three draws.
ROME: Lopez – Mancini, Cristante, Smalling – Karsdorp, Villar, Diawara, Spinazzola – Pellegrini, El Shaarawy – Mayoral
GENOA: Perin – Masiello, Radovanovic, Criscito – Zappacosta, Zajc, Badelj, Strootman, Czyborra – Right, Shomurodov