Parma vs Roma
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Ennio Tardini (Parma).
Parma ended a streak of four straight league games without a win on Wednesday when they stunned in-form Fiorentina 0-1 away at Artemio Franchi. It was Roberto Inglese whose fifth goal of the campaign made all the difference against ten-man Viola on the occasion.
Crociati will end the year with another tough fixture on Saturday as they host Roma on Matchday No 19 at Stadio Ennio Tardini.
The visitors will also enter the match with an improved confidence after beating Sassuolo 3-1 on Boxing Day. It was finally a one-sided affair Eusebio Di Francesco and his troops were desperate for.
Diego Perotti opened up the scoring converting the penalty-kick 8 minute sin, while striker Patrick Schick double the lead 15 minutes after. Nicolo Zaniolo made it three before the hour-mark as Khouma Babacar only managed to score the late 90th-minute consolation goal for Neroverdi.
Parma vs Roma: Head-to-head
This will be teams’ first head to head encounter in three years following Parma’s return to the tzop flight of the Italian football.
Roma dominated the math-up historically. They won four and drew one of past five encounters with Crociati.
Roma won 12, drew 5 and lost 5 of 22 away matches against Parma.
Parma vs Roma: Prediction
Roma still have a mountain to climb to get involved in the battle for the top-four finish and a place in the Champions League next term. They are four points shy of arch-rivals Lazio in fourth. The good news for Di Francesco is the fact he can count on services of talismanic Edin Dzeko once again as the Bosnian forward returned to the pitch coming on as substitute in last two games against Juventus and Sassuolo.
We have to mention Roma’s improved defensive performances in last two matches. The team allowed table-toppers Juve score just one goal last weekend in Turin while they only conceded the 90th-minute goal in the mid-week tie with Sassuolo.
As none of last four games Parma played in Serie A saw three or more goals scored, the value is decent with the 2.10 odds offered for the Under 2.5 goals FT bet here.
Parma vs Roma: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10 (11/10)
Draw at the half time @ 2.30 (13/10).