Roma will be looking to bounce back after three consecutive draws on Sunday afternoon, when Jose Mourinho’s men travel to Liguria for a clash against Spezia. The Giallorossi are still in the run for top four, but must return to winning ways, while Thiago Motta’s men are once again dangerously close to the relegation zone after losing two in a row.
Where and when: Stadio Alberto Picco – 27 February, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Spezia vs. Roma: BT Sport, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Roma needed goals from two of their central defenders, as strikes from Chris Smalling and Roger Ibanez earned the Giallorossi a 2-0 victory at Stadio Olimpico back in December in a game that also saw Felix Afena-Gyan being sent off in the final minutes.
Spezia v Roma Predictions and Preview
The hosts registered their second consecutive defeat last time, when Ray Manaj’s opener was overturned by two second-half strikes from Marko Arnautovic in a 2-1 defeat away to Bologna. Spezia were beaten by Fiorentina with the same result in their last game at home and it was once again, because of a late strike, as Sofyan Amrabat scored a winner in the 89-th minute for La Viola.
The Ligurians currently sit in 15-th place and are only four points above the relegation zone, so they need to start picking up results again if they want to avoid the drop.
Roma, on the other hand, are undefeated in five consecutive games, but they drew in their last three, so consistency remains a big issue for Jose Mourinho’s men. The Giallorossi are currently in eight place, six points off the top four and two points behind sixth-placed Lazio.
Roma only managed a 2-2 draw against Hellas Verona at home last week, but they were 2-0 down at half-time and were able to comeback only after two strikes from teenagers Cristian Volpato and Edoardo Bove. Despite this, the capital club are clear favourites to get three points against Spezia, although their record of one draw, two victories and two defeats in their last five games on the road is far from convincing.
Spezia vs. Roma full time result odds
Roma are faced with a real crisis for their trip to Liguria this weekend, as the Giallorossi could be without eight first-team players. Leonardo Spinazzola, Stephan El Shaarawy, Nicolo Zaniolo and Roger Ibanez are all injured, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eldor Shomurodov, Carles Perez and Pietro Boer tested positive for Covid.
Spezia, meanwhile, have an almost clean bill of health, as Leo Sena and Aimar Sher are the only players struggling for fitness, while Ray Manaj is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card last time.
Spezia vs. Roma both teams to score odds
BTTS paid off in each of Roma’s last four games on the road, while Spezia have seen both teams scoring in four of their last five games. Therefore, our pick for Sunday’s clash is BTTS at 7/10, while the odds raise to 4/1 if you pair this with over 2.5 goals in the over/under market.
Spezia vs. Roma correct score odds
Two of Spezia’s last three games at Stadio Alberto Picco ended in 2-1 defeats for the hosts and a repeat of that scoreline against Roma can’t be written off. A 2-1 victory for the capital club on Sunday seems like a good choice and can be backed up at 8/1 in your Spezia v Roma tips.
Spezia vs. Roma first goalscorer odds
Tammy Abraham scored the opener in three of Roma’s last six Serie A games, including an early penalty in the 2-2 draw against Sassuolo two weeks ago. The Englishman has 11 league goals to his name so far and will be in the running for the first goal against Spezia as well. If he scores it and the Giallorossi go on to win 2-1, you can get odds of 79/2.