Roma look to make the third place finish in the Serie A their own, by winning at Genoa on Monday evening, 2nd May 2016, kick-off at 18:00 GMT.
AS Roma are on 71 points and they are just 2 points behind the second placed Napoli. Their first intent will be to win here and put pressure on Napoli who will be in action against Atalanta straight after this match. A win against Genoa also guarantees Roma a place in next season’s Champions League qualification round, as the fourth place Inter will be at improbable distance to catch them.
Genoa are 11th in the Serie A standings and even a top half finish seems impossible for them. A win here can take them a place up, but a defeat will drop them to 14th depending up on the results of teams below them.
Genoa’s form in their last five Serie A games read 3 wins and 2 defeats and their last match was a 2-0 loss at Bologna. However, their recent form at home is a strong one and they have are coming on the back of 5 wins in a row and are unbeaten in their last 8 home games. They have also kept clean sheets in 3 of their last 4 home games.
Roma’s 1-0 win against Napoli last weekend extend their unbeaten run in league to 14 games. Their last defeat was at Juventus on January 2016, which was their only loss in 21 Serie A games. Roma are equally strong in away games and they are unbeaten in the last 6, with 5 wins and a draw. They have scored 15 goals in their last 5 away games at an average of 3 goals per game.
Genoa vs Roma: Head-to-Head Stats
Roma are on a three match winning run against Genoa. They have also kept a clean sheet in each of the three games.
Genoa won in 4 of the last 6 home meetings with Roma, while they lost two.
This season’s first leg Serie A clash between the sides, end in 2-0 win for Roma, which also witnessed Edin Dzeko receiving a straight red card in the 74th minute.
Genoa: Team News
Nicolas Burdisso is fully fit and available for selection after spending longer period of the season on the sidelines through injury.
Tomas Rincon also returns from injury and is expected to start in the midfield.
Goran Pandev and Mattia Perin are still sidelined through respective injuries.
Genoa: Expected Starting Line-up (3-5-2)
Izzo, Maio, Munoz,
Laxalt, Dzemaili, Rincon, Rigoni, Ansaldi,
Roma: Team News
Roma will be without two key players Alessandro Florenzi, who is injured and Miralem Pjanic, who is suspended. Maicon and Daniele De Rossi are the expected replacements as Luciano Spalletti look to play the same tactics that helped them take a priceless 1-0 win against Napoli last weekend.
Roma: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Digne, Rudiger, Manolas, Maicon,
Rossi, Keita, Nainggolan,
Perotti, Salah, El-Shaaraway.
Genoa vs Roma: Preview and Prediction
Genoa are on a strong run of form at their home ground and they have to be considered as a dangerous side. Coming on the back of five consecutive home wins and three cleans sheets during the time is the evidence of their strength.
At the same time, Roma are different proportion and besides their overall form in the league, they average 3 goals per game from their last 5 away games. Radja Nainggolan’s late winner against Napoli, put them on a perfect position to push for a second placed finish in the league and Spalletti’s men will be giving their all on Monday evening.
My Prediction for this match is a 3-1 away win for Roma and this will surely help them over Napoli who will be in action against Atalanta straight after this match ends.