Roma are back in league action after a welcome winter break. The Lupi host Torino, knowing a victory could take them in to the Champions League places despite a hugely underwhelming first-half to the campaign. Meanwhile, the visitors sit just three points behind and would go level with a win.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Rome – 19 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Roma vs. Torino: William Hill live streaming
Last time: The sides met on the opening day of the season and appeared set for a share of the spoils, until Giallorossi talisman Edin Dzeko struck with a minute left on the clock.
|Torino to score in both halves||4/1||Offer|
|Roma to win 2-0||19/2||Offer|
|Torino to win 1-0||61/4||Offer|
Roma vs. Torino Predictions and Preview
Despite intense speculation, Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco remains at the helm. The former Sassuolo tactician is perhaps fortunate to see his side only two points adrift of fourth, and has acknowledged Roma’s performance levels need to improve immeasurably, particularly with Milan, Sampdoria and Atalanta also in the reckoning for the final Champions League berth.
In his defence, Di Francesco has been without a host of first teamers, but the injury woes have eased with Dzeko, big money signing Javier Pastore and Daniele De Rossi returning to the fold. The Bosnian is the 13/4 favourite to open the scoring and will be raring to go after a frustrating five months. Dzeko has not hit his usual high standards and there is a belief this could be his last term in the capital. In midfield, Pastore will be a welcome presence.
The summer acquisition from PSG offers both stardust and experience to a youthful Lupi attack and will be a threat from a deeper role. Pastore is 2/1 to net anytime while Bryan Cristante can be found at 11/4. Roma are 3/5 for all three points.
In contrast, travelling party Torino will be pleased with their efforts before the winter break. The Granata are in contention for a Europa League finish and shouldn’t be ruled out as the race hots up. Walter Mazzarri has put together a good team with Andrea Belotti looking back to his best. The Italy international is 7/1 to strike first while Toro are 4/1 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for Roma: While his team-mates have struggled, Cengiz Under has maintained a high level throughout. The wideman is 11/2 to hit the final effort of the contest.
One to watch for Torino: Only Belotti has hit more goals than Daniele Baselli this year and the midfielder will have licence to get forward. The 26-year-old is 22/1 in the last scorer betting.
Long shot: It won’t be a formality for Roma who have already lost against sides with lesser ability than their opponents this weekend. Toro have one of the best defensive records in the division, but will also trouble the Lupi at the other end of the pitch. An entertaining 2-2 outcome is 12/1.