Venezia vs. Roma Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Venezia welcome a struggling Roma at Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo on Sunday, as Paulo Zanetti’s men will be looking to bounce back after losing 2-1 to Salernitina in their last home game. Jose Mourinho’s side will be desperate for a victory, after winning just one of their last five games, so the trip to Venice will be far from an easy one.

Where and when: Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo – 7 November, kick-off 11:30

Where you can see Venezia v Roma: BT Sport

Last time: The last meeting between those teams dates all the way back from 2002 when Venezia held Roma to a 2-2 draw at home.

Venezia v Roma Predictions and Preview

Venezia will be aiming to get their third Serie A victory on Sunday when they welcome Roma at Stadio Piero Luigi Penzo. The Winged Lions won just one of their four home games since returning to Italy’s top tier, while they’ve also managed one draw and lost the other two.

Paulo Zanetti must be disappointed with Venezia’s 2-1 defeat against Salernitana in their last home game, as his men took the lead thanks to Mattia Aramu and looked the better side for the majority of the game. Luckily for the Veneto-based side, they managed a 0-0 draw against Genoa that put them in 16th place, just one point above the relegation zone.

Venezia have played some nice football since the start of the season, but they’ve been struggling in front of goal and at this stage have the worst attack in Serie A with only eight scored goals after 11 games. Remarkably, this record has been enough to keep Gli Arancioneroverdi above the danger zone, but this will change quickly if they do not improve up front.

Dennis Johnsen, Antonio Junior Vacca and Luca Fiordilino are struggling with injuries and will miss out for Venezia, but Roma have some notable absentees as well. Leonardo Spinazzola and Chris Smalling are out, while captain Lorenzo Pellegrini is a serious doubt after an inflammation of his knee.

This is far from ideal for Jose Mourinho, as Roma face Bodo/Glimt on Thursday in an attempt to get some revenge for the embarrassing 6-1 loss in Norway. The Special One complained about the lack of options and the quality of his bench, so a tight schedule and the absence of some key players put him in a tricky situation before traveling to Venice.

Roma won two of their four Serie A games away from home this term and will be desperate to improve that record on Sunday, as the Giallorossi have just one victory in their last five games. Tammy Abraham is expected to lead the line, but the Englishman hasn’t been in his best form recently, while Stephan El Shaarawy should step into the starting XI instead of Pellegrini, with Henrikh Mkhytaryan moving in the trequartista role.

Despite their poor form, the Capital club are 8/15 favourites in this Venezia vs Roma preview. However, Venezia can take advantage of Roma’s inconsistency and a win for the hosts can be backed up at 11/2, while the draw is priced at 16/5.

One to watch for Venezia: Mattia Aramu has been in fantastic form for Venezia recently after scoring three goals in his last five outings. The 26-year-old Italian will be eager to continue his performance against Roma and is 12/1 to break the deadlock on Sunday.

One to watch for Roma: Tammy Abraham hasn’t found the back of the net in five consecutive games, which is worrying sign for Roma. The English striker will be eager to get back on the scoresheet and is 4/1 to score the opener against Venezia this weekend.

Long shot: Venezia have scored one goal in each of their last seven consecutive home games. At the same time, Roma scored two goals in four of their last six Serie A games. Therefore a 2-1 win for Roma seems like a good choice at 15/2, while the odds raise to 83/2 if you pair this with Tammy Abraham to score the opener.

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