Serie A basement club Chievo travel to the capital to face Roma in search of their first win of the campaign. The Flying Donkeys gave Juventus a scare on the opening day until the champions inevitably clinched the points, before the 6-1 defeat against Fiorentina rooted them to the bottom of the table. Meanwhile, the Lupi sit in ninth after a win, draw and loss respectively.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Roma – 16 September, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Roma vs. Chievo: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: The Giallorossi ran riot despite going down to ten men after Juan Jesus’ dismissal. The goals came through Patrik Schick, a brace from Edin Dzeko and Stephan El Shaarawy. Roberto Inglese got the consolation for Chievo.
Roma vs. Chievo Predictions and Preview
Before the trip to Madrid to face the Champions League holders in Group G action, Roma must first navigate the visit of struggling Chievo. The Lupi were exceptionally busy in the off season, snapping up 11 new additions and boss Eusebio Di Francesco is likely to freshen things up and make use of his sizeable squad.
Lorenzo Pellegrini, Cengiz Under, Bryan Cristante and Juan Jesus are all pushing for starts with Daniele De Rossi, Federico Fazio and Schick potentially sitting out. Last year’s top scorer in all competitions Dzeko will almost certainly lead the line though, and is the clear favourite at 12/5 to register first. The Bosnian hitman, who rejected the advances of Chelsea in January, is in his fourth term at the club and is a 20-goal guarantee for the Lupi.
|Under to score anytime||10/11||Offer|
|Roma to win either 2-0 or 3-0||31/10||Offer|
|Chievo to win 2-1||28/1||Offer|
Colleague Aleksandar Kolarov could be a shrewd option for first scorer with the Serbian bombing on in trademark fashion down the left flank. The veteran still possesses good stamina and is a key part of not only how Roma attack, but from dead ball opportunities. Kolarov is at the front of the queue when a free-kick is awarded and is 14/1 in the same betting as Dzeko.
Visitors Chievo are 51/4 to earn a priceless victory and much will depend on Mariusz Stepinski and Valter Birsa. The striker is 18/5 to score anytime while former Milan playmaker Birsa is 6/1 in the same market for the Gialloblu.
One to watch for Roma: Justin Kluivert isn’t expected to start but will get game time after the break. The Dutch youngster has made a good early impression for his new club and is 5/1 to get the game’s final goal.
One to watch for Chievo: Well-travelled Emanuele Giaccherini. The diminutive midfielder is already off the mark for the term and is 11/2 to net anytime during the 90.
Long shot: Roma have yet to get going in 270 minutes of action and need a convincing performance and result to kick-start their season. The Lupi have the firepower to hurt any side in the division and can be found at 13/1 to beat Chievo 4-0 on the day.