AS Roma vs Parma / Serie A – This match of the last round in the Serie A bears almost no significance, although it can turn into the key match for both teams. Roma fought to reach European positions but it hoped to qualify for the Champions League. Now, it is quite definite that nothing will come out of it, but at least they secured a place for themselves in the Europa League. Parma secured its survival in the previous round, while Roma won their match by 2-0 played in the first part of season.
AS Roma vs Parma begins 26.05.2019 at 20:30 CET
Roma was in the race for the Champions League practically till the last round but it failed to qualify. Two teams have three points more, Atalanta and Inter, with which they don’t have a better head-to-head score, and there is also Milan that has two points more. Roma occupies the sixth place now and will probably stay at it, which means it will play in the Europa League next season. Their fans are definitely not satisfied, given they are accustomed on fact that their team plays in the elite club competition in Europe in which it reached the semi-finals last season.
This seasons Roma was eliminated already in the round of 16 after which manager di Francesco had to leave. New manager Ranieri didn’t change much, although we should add that Roma has eight-game unbeaten streak at the moment. The problem is large number of draws and fact that they failed to win in three previous matches. Goalless away draw with Sassuolo played in the previous round extinguished their hopes about the Champions League. Roma will be complete for this match.
Probable lineups AS Roma: Mirante – Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov – de Rossi, Cristante – Under, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy – Džeko
It cannot be said that Parma lived in fear of relegation this season, but it could happen to get relegated mostly due to weak shape and poor performance displayed in the finish of season. Before start of the negative series Parma occupied a place in the middle of table and it lasted nine round in which they didn’t manage to win anyone. The series started with three defeats, continuing with five draw but they nevertheless brought valuable points. Two rounds ago Parma lost to Bologna 4-1 which was direct showdown between teams from the bottom half of table, and then it became apparent that could get into much big trouble.
That is why the management declared state of emergency before match with Fiorentina in the previous round. It was a tough, hard match since the guests also didn’t leave behind all worries about survival, but Parma won and cemented it place in the Serie A thanks to Gerson's own goal scored ten minutes before the end. It came handy the rivals played below didn’t succeed and the drop zone is four points away. They come to Rome without worries but they are weakened, since Gervinho is injured, while English and Rigonius are out of action from before. It is good news that Biabiany has recovered, and he will be reserve in this match.
Probable lineups Parma: Sepe – Iacoponi, B. Alves, Gagliolo – Gazzola, Kucka, Scozzarella, Barilla, Dimarco – Sprocati, Ceravolo
AS Roma vs Parma PICK
We expect that Roma shows more and they are anyway favourites to win, since they are objectively much better team than Parma and are going to enjoy the home-field advantage. The guests are in weaker shape but they have no imperative so we will forecast a very efficient match.
Pick: over 3.5 goals
Odds: 1.90 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)
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