Serie A basement club Chievo host Roma nine points adrift of safety. The relegation favourites have only won once from their 22 league matches and appear doomed for the drop. Meanwhile, the Lupi sit in fifth with boss Eusebio Di Francesco’s future the main topic of debate in the capital.
Where and when: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona – 8 February, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Chievo vs. Roma: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The Giallorossi raced in to a quick two-goal lead courtesy of Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante, but it wasn’t enough for the hosts on the night. Valter Birsa and Mariusz Stepinski drew the scores level for Chievo.
|Chievo to win 1-0||14/1||Offer|
|Under 1.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Roma to win 2-0||15/2||Offer|
Chievo vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
It has been a miserable season for The Flying Donkeys, who realistically need nine wins from their remaining 16 fixtures to maintain their top flight status. Coach Mimmo Di Carlo saw his side squander a two-goal advantage in their previous encounter against fellow strugglers Empoli and this missed opportunity will have only lowered morale further in the camp. Di Carlo does have a dependable goal presence upfront with Stepinski notching six efforts to date.
The young Pole has caught the eye of Fiorentina, Parma and other sides in the league and is 17/2 to open proceedings. Chievo are 17/4 to pull of a shock result and 27/10 to earn a share of the spoils.
Visitors Roma were held to a 1-1 draw against Milan on February 3 after their humiliating defeat in the Coppa Italia against Fiorentina. The Viola thumped Di Francesco’s troops 7-1 and there was genuine belief the tactician’s days were numbered as Lupi manager.
The capital club were spared by another Nicolò Zaniolo strike and the 19-year-old has since been rewarded with a call-up to the national team. Zaniolo 5/2 to bag his fourth league effort of the term and will relish getting at a crisis hit Chievo backline. Talisman Edin Dzeko is 7/2 to score first and should edge out Patrik Schick who is 5/1 to net last. The Giallorossi are favoured in the betting and available at 3/1 to win both halves of action.
One to watch for Chievo: Emanuele Giaccherini will play in the hole behind Stepinski and club legend Sergio Pellissier and is worth a look at 21/5 in the anytime betting.
One to watch for Roma: Javier Pastore missed out in the reshuffle against the Rossoneri but should come back in to the team. The Argentine is 21/4 to register the final effort.
Long shot: No side has conceded more goals than Chievo and on paper, this should be the ideal contest for Roma to get back on track. The Lupi, who are scoring well despite their glaring defensive woes, are priced at 25/1 to win 4-0.