Roma will be hoping to continue their push towards a top four finish as they travel to relegation-threatened SPAL at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Saturday. Eusebio Di Francesco’s side will be favourites despite SPAL being on an incredible eight-game unbeaten run.
Where and when: Stadio Paolo Mazza – 21 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see SPAL vs. Roma: BT Sport, William Hill
Last time: Roma ran out 3-1 victors at the Stadio Olimpico in the clash between the two back in December. Edin Dzeko, Kevin Strootman and Lorenzo Pellegrini were all on target for the hosts after SPAL’s Filipe was sent off in the ninth minute.
SPAL vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
Remarkably, SPAL have drawn six league matches in a row – three 1-1s and three 0-0s – in an unbeaten eight-game streak, with two victories preceding their stalemates.
Leonardo Semplici’s side currently sit 17th, one place and one point above the relegation zone, and this is their final game against a side in the top six.
Roma have won just seven of their last 17 leagues matches – with their latest result a midweek victory over Genoa following a scoreless draw in the Rome derby.
However, they are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League and sit third in Serie A – above Lazio on goal difference – enough to guarantee them qualification for Europe’s premier club competition next season.
The visitors are favourites to win this game at odds of 10/11, with a home win available at 19/5 and the draw priced at 11/4.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 19/20 while fewer than 1.5 goals is priced at 29/10.
A ‘double chance’ on SPAL securing either a point or a win is available at 21/20, while such odds for Roma are 4/17.
If you fancy the visitors to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 21/10.
One to watch for SPAL: Experienced forward Mirko Antenucci is the danger-man for the hosts – he already has eight league goals for the campaign. He is priced at 19/10 to score anytime in this game.
One to watch for Roma: Edin Dzeko is Roma’s top scorer this campaign with 20 goals in all competitions including six in his last 11. He is available at 6/5 to score at any point in this game.
Long shot: SPAL have only conceded twice in five games with two clean sheets in a row, while Roma have only let in one goal in three games. A scoreless draw in this match is priced at 11/1.