Third place Roma host midtable Torino in Serie A action on Friday evening.
The hosts blew the title race wide open with their unexpected 4-2 success away at Napoli last weekend and the challenge will be to build on this momentous result. Eusebio Di Francesco was under pressure, but his troops rallied and the Lupi are now back in contention for the automatic Champions League places.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 9 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Roma vs. Torino: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: A trademark Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick was the difference between the sides back in October.
Roma v Torino Predictions and Preview
With 92 minutes on the clock, and preparations well under way for the battle in Naples, Paulo Dybala struck in the final seconds against Lazio to rock Maurizio Sarri’s men. The outcome understandably affected the Azzurri who failed to perform at their usual swashbuckling best, but they were simply outclassed and outthought.
It has been well documented the league leaders were below par, but Di Francesco’s travelling party deserve immense credit for pulling off what was a shock win. The display encompassed the Giallorossi at their unpredictable best and they really did turn on the style.
Last term’s Capocannoniere Edin Dzeko bagged a brace and the Lupi look a completely different proposition when the Bosnian is firing. Wideman Cengiz Under continued his splendid recent run of form and is 12/2 to strike any time during the 90 when Torino visit the capital, while the Giallorossi are available at 4/7 to register back-to-back successes.
Toro find themselves in a mini slump after consecutive defeats to bitter rivals Juventus and strugglers Chievo. While there is no real danger of getting sucked in to a relegation dogfight, a top ten finish must be the target for Walter Mazzarri and should be achievable if star striker Andrea Belotti can rediscover last year’s form which caught the attention of clubs in England and Spain. The Italy international is now over his injury troubles and priced at 9/1 to give the Granata an opening lead and something to hold on to. Torino are 4/1 to take maximum points from the clash.
One to watch for Roma: Dzeko has 13 goals this term and is seven away from what would be considered a good total. The striker is 2/1 to open proceedings.
One to watch Torino: M’Baye Niang will look to exploit the wide areas and add to his tally of four for the season. The rapid attacker is 23/2 to get the game’s final goal.
Long shot: This fixture has delivered some good matches in recent years and it should be an entertaining watch on the night. Toro are averaging a goal a game while Roma should be full of confidence after their weekend exploits. An enjoyable six goal thriller and a point apiece is priced at 45/1.