Third place Roma gear up for the visit of a resurgent Fiorentina side looking to make it five Serie A wins on the trot. The Viola have battled back in to Europa League contention and could be a mere three points off a berth if results go in their favour elsewhere.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 7 April, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Roma vs. Fiorentina: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Roma won the six-goal thriller back in November through a Gerson brace and second-half efforts from Kostas Manolas and Diego Perotti. Jordan Veretout and Giovanni Simeone struck for Fiorentina.
Roma v Fiorentina Predictions and Preview
The hosts are unbeaten in their last four matches, drawing 1-1 away at Bologna in the most recent game week. The stalemate was frustrating for Eusebio Di Francesco, particularly with sterner tests ahead, but Roma’s Champions League destiny is still in their hands and there is a notable difference in performance levels across the starting eleven in the last four weeks.
Edin Dzeko, in particular, looks back to his best and the shootout on April 15 against current top scorer Ciro Immobile is a mouthwatering prospect. The Bosnian has 14 strikes to his name and is 9/2 to open the scoring while the Lupi are 13/20 to clinch an impressive win against one of the division’s form sides.
Two months ago, Fiorentina were battling for a top half finish and the turnaround since has been remarkable. Stefano Pioli has overseen the Viola’s best run all season and the Florence outfit could yet get sixth spot. Impressively, the visitors have kept three clean sheets from this sequence, highlighting that every area of the pitch has improved.
Starlets Simeone and full Italy international Federico Chiesa have performed beyond their tender years this term and will be tasked with the goalscoring burden once more. Simeone has eight efforts throughout the campaign while Chiesa has six in his breakout season. Chiesa is 11/5 to hit the back of the net anytime during the 90 while his striking colleague is 15/2 to open the deadlock. Fiorentina are 18/5 to seal victory and maintain the pressure on the likes of Milan and Sampdoria.
One to watch for Roma: Aleksandar Kolarov may play at left back but the former Lazio man is key to all Roma’s best attacks. The Serbian is also on deadball duties and the 25/1 first scorer odds presents great value.
One to watch for Fiorentina: Riccardo Saponara has linked midfield and attack well and is putting in good displays on a regular basis. The playmaker is 18/2 to bag the game’s final goal.
Long shot: Historically, there are goals in this fixture at Stadio Olimpico and the form of both sides suggests this sequence should continue this weekend. A highly absorbing 3-3 match, extending the unbeaten runs of Roma and Fiorentina, is 201/4 and ex-Biancocelesti boss Pioli can also help his old side in the process.