Genoa face Roma in Serie A action still needing two more wins to avoid the drop. The hosts have lost four of their last six matches, but, crucially, are in control of their own destiny with closest challengers Empoli and Udinese unable to take advantage of the Grifone’s poor form.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 5 May, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Genoa vs. Roma: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The sides played out a five-goal thriller in December with the Lupi coming out on top. Genoa took the lead twice, but it was Bryan Cristante who eventually got the winner.
|Genoa to win and both teams to score||6/1||Offer|
|Under 1.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Roma to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
Genoa vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
Home side Genoa came from behind to earn a point against SPAL in the previous gameweek. The Rossoblu are limping over the line and have understandably struggled following the departure of talisman Krzysztof Piątek in January. The Pole was a revelation during his short stay in Liguria and Genoa have failed to adequately replace the Milan striker’s goals.
Antonio Sanabria came in over the winter and started well but has since tailed off. The striker missed the stalemate with SPAL after picking up a knock against Torino. However, the former Roma striker is expected to be available this weekend in what will be a welcome boost for Cesare Prandelli. Sanabria is 2/1 to net anytime during the encounter while the Rossoblu are 14/5 to claim all three points and 5/2 to earn a share of the spoils.
The visiting Lupi have won three of their last four games and have greatly improved on all fronts. Claudio Ranieri was a surprise short term appointment following Eusebio Di Francesco’s departure, but the Premier League winning boss has got Roma back on track.
Pleasingly for Ranieri, the capital club have kept three clean sheets from their last 360 minutes of action and look well poised to pounce if fourth place Atalanta slip up in the final matches of the campaign. Javier Pastore scored on a rare start in the previous tie with Cagliari and is 7/1 to break the deadlock during the upcoming meeting. Roma are 19/20 to maintain their splendid form and rack up another victory.
One to watch for Genoa: Gianluca Lapadula was brought in from the wilderness and repaid Prandelli’s faith with the equaliser against the Spallini. The ex-Milan attacker is 8/1 to repeat his exploits and net last.
One to watch for Roma: Remarkably, Aleksandar Kolarov is the Giallorossi’s third top scorer and continues to offer a threat going forward despite his advancing years. The Serbian is an attractive 14/1 in the final scorer betting.
Long shot: Only the sides in the bottom three have shipped more goals than Genoa and the Rossoblu will need to dig deep against a confident Roma side. If the travelling party get an early goal it could be a long night for the hosts and a 3-0 away win is 18/1.