Roma seek a first league win in four weeks as lowly Genoa visit the capital. Eusebio Di Francesco remains at the helm despite growing pressure on the Italian, but anything less than three points this weekend could spell the end for the former Sassuolo tactician’s time in Rome.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Rome – 16 December, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Roma vs. Genoa: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: The Giallorossi edged out Genoa 2-1 towards the end of the previous campaign. Cengiz Under opened the scoring before Ervin Zukanović put through his own net. Gianluca Lapadula reduced the arrears for the Rossoblu but it wasn’t enough as Roma held on for the spoils.
|Genoa to score in both halves||6/1||Offer|
|Roma to win 3-1||19/2||Offer|
Roma vs. Genoa Predictions and Preview
It has been another difficult week for Di Francesco after his men hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the previous matchday. The Lupi drew 2-2 with Cagliari, and if blowing a two goal lead with five minutes remaining wasn’t a big enough blow, they were facing a side who finished the contest with just nine men. Di Francesco was understandably incredulous and there are clear issues that need to be resolved at the football club if they are to salvage any hope of competing for a top four berth.
In his defence, Di Francesco has been without the services of talisman and star forward Edin Dzeko in recent weeks. The Bosnian remains out with a thigh injury and while he has struggled domestically, Roma are transformed by the former Manchester City striker’s presence. The Giallorossi have also missed skipper Daniele De Rossi, Javier Pastore and Lorenzo Pellegrini, three first choice midfielders who would instantly lift the quality and confidence in the team. Despite their poor showings of late, Roma are the overwhelming match favourites at 1/3 and this outcome would lift everyone connected with the club.
Visitors Genoa are led by new manager Cesare Prandelli who succeeds Ivan Juric. The ex-Italy boss has one immediate objective and that’s to steer the Grifone away from the relegation zone. Prandelli will task Krzysztof Piatek with troubling the Lupi backline and the young Pole is 3/1 to strike first. Genoa are 8/1 to emerge victorious and 15/4 to earn a point.
One to watch for Roma: In the absence of Dzeko, Pastore and Pellegrini, Under has adopted the mantle of chief goalscoring threat. The talented Turkey international is 3/1 in the anytime betting.
One to watch for Genoa: Piatek’s strike partner Christian Kouamé has not received the same plaudits as his colleague but has also impressed. The 21-year-old is 12/2 to register anytime during the 90.
Long shot: Only relegation favourites Frosinone and Chievo have shipped more goals than Genoa, and the Grifone are notoriously known to gift the opposition a host of chances on a weekly basis. For the Lupi, this could be the perfect game to get back on track and a 4-0 success is 18/1.