Genoa 1893 vs. AS Roma / Serie A – Sunday’s fixture brings us another interesting match of the 19th round of Italian Serie A between 12th-positioend Genoa and second-placed Roma, which at the moment has 15 points more. However, Genoa lost just one home match this season by desperate Palermo, while before that they took even three “big” scalps, of Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina. On the other hand the Romans play far more modestly away than at home and it is going to be interesting to see will they manage to win for the fifth time in a row this demanding match in Genoa. Begins: 08.01.2017 – 15:00 CET
All the way till two rounds ago Genoa could boost with fact that is undefeated at home but then arrived the last positioned Palermo which after a great turn over sensationally triumphed by 4-3. To make matters worse for Genoa, goalkeeper Perin and midfielder Rigoni had earned yellow cards and had to skip next match against Torino, and it was no wonder they lost it by 1-0 so they are still positioned in the lower half of the standings.
In the meantime two very important players have departed; midfielder Rincon who moved to Juventus and young forward Pavoletti who become member of Napoli. In the meantime have arrived nearly anonymous midfielder Beghetto from Spalo and Morosini from Bresica as their replacements, and experienced forward Pinilla from Atalatna. We need to add that defender Orban and midfielder Veloso are injured and will skip the match against Roma, while forward Gakpe has left for the African Cup of Nations, but it is good thing for coach Juric that Perin and Rigoni’s suspensions are over and they are back in the starting line-up.
Probable lineups Genoa 1893: Perin – Izzo, Burdisso, Munoz – Lazovic, Rigoni, Cofie, Laxalt – Ninkovic, Ocampos – Simeone
The guests from Rome had won before this match against Genoa Chievo at home 3-1, which kept them at the second place in the Serie A standings, where they have four points fewer than leading Juventus, which has played one match less. The Wolves was defeated two round ago right by the Old Lady 1-0, while before that they won no points in Bergamo against Atalanta, but on the other hand in remaining five matches out of last seven they have maximal score, and have won two important victories against direct competitors in the battle for the very top of standings, Lazio and Milan.
Besides, coach Spaletti’s players have effortlessly reached the knockout phase of the Europa League, in which will face Spanish Villarreal in less than a month, and will face soon Sampodira in the Italian Cup. Anyway, they are certainly focused now at the away match against Genoa in which will surely try to win all three points, regardless of absence of fleet-footed forward Salah, who is at the African Cup of Nations. Besides him, Spaletti cannot count on injured stopper Vemaelen and midfielder Florenzi.
Probable lineups AS Roma: Szczesny – Peres, Manolas, Fazio, Rudiger – de Rossi, Strootman – El Shaarawy, Nainggolan, Perotti – Dzeko
Genoa 1893 – AS Roma PICK
Of course that second-placed Roma is favourite in this match but their weaker results outside their stadium suggest that it is a good idea to play on goals on both sides, especially as Genoa plays very good at home against strongest Italian teams this season.
Pick: both teams score
Odds: 1.65 at comeon (downo 1.60 can be played)