Roma seek a fourth Serie A win in succession when SPAL visit the capital. The rejuvenated hosts have notched 14 goals from their previous four games in all competitions, easing the pressure on Eusebio Di Francesco after a difficult start to the campaign. Meanwhile, the Biancazzurri are on a four match losing run.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 20 October, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Roma vs. SPAL: William Hill live streaming
Last time: The contest was sealed by the hour mark for the Lupi when the sides met in April. An own goal from Francesco Vicari and efforts from Patrik Schick and Radja Nainggolan did the damage.
Roma vs. SPAL Predictions and Preview
The Giallorossi find themselves in sixth spot, a single point off the prized Champions League berths and look far better placed than five weeks ago. Realistically, Roma are battling it out with Napoli, Inter, arch enemies Lazio and potentially Milan for the three remaining European places and the titanic duel at the end of the month with the Partenopei will be a good indicator of their progress. Di Francesco has moved away from his tried and tested 4-3-3 line-up, with World Cup winners Daniele De Rossi and Steven NZonzi sitting at the base of the midfield.
|Roma to win 2-0||11/2||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||11/20||Offer|
|Both teams to score||17/20||Offer|
The duo have offered some much needed stability to the side, also allowing the likes of Javier Pastore, Cengiz Under and Lorenzo Pellegrini to focus on getting forward in support of Dzeko.
The Bosnian hitman, who has four strikes from his last two appearances, could conceivably reach a century of Lupi goals this term and is the obvious name to open the scoring at 3/1. Dzeko’s deputy Schick is another intriguing option at 5/4 to register anytime and will be in confident mood after bagging the winner for Czech Republic during their Nations League encounter with Slovakia. Roma are 1/3 for all three points.
After a brilliant start to the campaign, visitors SPAL sit in 14th. Leonardo Semplici’s men picked up three victories from their first four games, keeping pace with champions Juventus but now look desperately short of confidence and heading in only one direction. A morale boosting triumph is 15/2, giving the Spallini some much needed impetus going forward.
One to watch for Roma: Lorenzo Pellegrini. The local lad is playing in a more advanced role and thriving behind Dzeko. Pellegrini has one goal and three assists from his last three matches and is 10/3 to net anytime.
One to watch for SPAL: Andrea Petagna. The burly forward can be a real handful and will lead the line for the travelling party. Petagna is 15/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Roma are expected to claim the spoils but need to take advantage of the opposition’s leaky defence. Last term saw the race for fourth go down to the final day and goal difference could play a factor once more. A comfortable 4-0 Lupi success is 14/1.