Roma welcome Spezia on Monday evening in an attempt to erase the shame from their 3-0 home defeat against Inter Milan last week. The Giallorossi have now lost two consecutive games, while the visitors lost each of their last five games on the road.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 13 December, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Roma vs. Spezia: BT Sport
Last time: Spezia took a 2-0 lead, but Stephan El Shaarawy and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored late to eventually earn Roma a 2-2 draw at Stadio Alberto Picco back in May.
Roma v Spezia Predictions and Preview
After losing 6-1 to Bodo/Glimt in the Conference league earlier in the season, Roma took another heavy blow last when the Gillorossi were beaten 3-0 by Inter. While losing against the defending champions can hardly be a tragedy, the Nerazurri beat Jose Mourinho’s men with a remarkable ease at Stadio Olimpcio, so it’s only normal that the tifosi are unhappy after another fiasco.
Roma have been blowing hot and cold this season, as they were also beaten 1-0 by Bologna the week before, while they had won three games in a row prior to those two defeats. The Giallorossi’s last victory was a 1-0 win over Torino, but this was their only win in the last four games at Stadio Olimpico.
Roma travel to Bulgaria on Thursday evening for a Conference league clash against CSKA Sofia. The Giallorossi have already secured their place in the knockout phase, but a victory would give them a chance to finish first, so Mourinho has to be careful with his rotations.
Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stephan El Shaarawy, Carles Perez, Leonardo Spinazzola and newborn hero Felix Afena-Gyan are all unavailable. This means that Henrikh Mkhitaryan should keep his place as trequartista againstSpezia, while Eldor Shomourodov and Nicolo Zanilo will start on the wings, with Tammy Abraham leading the line.
Mourinho’s men are currently seventh in the Serie A table with 25 points, nine behind fourth-placed Atalanta, so a victory against a struggling Spezia is a must. Thiago Motta’s side lost all of their five away games and have only one win on the road all season, which means that his men sit in seventeenth place, with only two points separating them from the relegation zone.
The Ligurians threw away a 2-0 lead to eventually draw 2-2 against Sassuolo in their last Serie A game. Ray Manaj and Emanuel Gyasi scored the goals for the Aquilotti, but Spezia once again conceded and now have the worst defensive record in the league with 36 conceded goals.
Surprisingly Roma have only one win from their last four meetings with Spezia, but despite this the Giallorossi are heavy 2/5 favourites to get three points on Monday The draw is priced at 18/5, while a what would be a surprising win for the visitors can be backed up at 7/1.
One to watch for Roma: Tammy Abraham has only netted four Serie A strikes this season in what has been an inconsistent start to his Roma career. The Englishman’s last goal was in the 1-0 win over Torino in November and is 15/4 to score the opener in this Roma vs Spezia preview.
One to watch for Spezia: Emanuel Gyasi limped off in the second half in the 2-2 draw against Sassuolo but the Ghanaian forward should be available for the trip to Rome. Gyasi has three Serie A goals to his name this term and is 12/1 to break the deadlock against the Giallorossi.
Long shot: Spezia were beaten 2-0 by Inter in their last away game. A repeat of that result in Roma’s favour is available at 7/1, while the odds rise to 179/1 if you also bet on Abraham to score both goals.