Roma vs SPAL
Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday 20 October 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Roma will take on SPAL at home looking to make it a fourth straight win in their first competitive match after the international break. The Giallorossi have a busy fixture list coming up, with two games against Russian outfit CSKA Moscow in the Champions League before facing tricky tests against Napoli and Fiorentina. They will have a great chance to pick up all three points against a SPAL side who burst out of the gates early but who have fallen flat in recent weeks.
Roma come into this game having earned a 2-0 win against Empoli and are just outside the top four. Although they certainly will be looking ahead to their midweek tie against CSKA Moscow, they will be still fully focused on picking up a win here in order to try to break into the top four as they want to make themselves serious contenders for a top four spot, and wins against teams like SPAL will seriously help their cause.
As for the visitors, things really have gone wrong. At one point they were actually in the Champions League spots, but the momentum has since faded. They come into this game having lost all but one of their last six games and as a result have tumbled all the way down the table to just barely hovering above the drop zone.
Roma vs SPAL: Head-to-head statistics
- SPAL have won only one of their last 16 away games against AS Roma in Serie A (D6 L9)
- That was their only away win against Roma – back in September 1965
- Roma are unbeaten in their last five Serie A games versus SPAL (W4 D1)
- SPAL have lost their last four games
- Roma have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches
Roma vs SPAL: Prediction
SPAL initially were building their form off their strong defending, but that has fallen apart in recent times as they have struggled to contain their opposition. With Roma hitting top form, as they have netted nine goals in their last three games and have conceded just once, they should be able to take advantage of a struggling opponent who have lost four on the bounce.
Roma vs SPAL: Betting tips
Under 3.5 goals at 1.57 (4/7)
Roma to win first half at 1.80 (4/5).