Roma is coming off a disappointing 2-2 draw that ultimately confirmed their advancements to the Europa League round of 32 with the draw of their opponent happening this Monday. Prior to that, it was a heroic defensive performance against Inter Milan as they went to the San Siro and earned a point. Just two matches remaining before winter break. Roma stays at home as they host relegation favorites spal at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Despite how lopsided the teams are Spa actually by surprise beat Roma twice last season. Revenge will be desired from the Romans. However, this is a different team and a different Roma. Spal last season was a much stronger team. With the Champions League race being as close as it is important that Roma do what needs to be done to collect all three points in their own backyard at the Stadio Olimpico. Will we see another upset in Rome? Or Will Roma take care of business we will find all that and more when the two teams kick off on Sunday night.
Roma is expected to maintain their typical 4-2-3-1 formation but there will be several changes due to suspension and injuries. In goal making his first start in a couple of games is Pau Lopez. He missed the Inter Milan match due to injury and was expected to make his return tomorrow night but injuries in the Europa League Clash forced him into action he should be back and ready for the challenge that lies ahead. There will be certainly some changes in the backline with Gianluca Mancini serving suspension and Florenzi who certainly will not be picked again after a horrendous display on Thursday and Chris Smalling who is out until January. At left-back should be Alex Kolarov. Beside him as the center-back partnership is likely to be Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus then patrolling at right-back certainly will be Leonardo spinazzola. It’s unlikely to be any adjustments in the defensive Midfield as it will likely stay the same until Bryan cristante recovers from injury. The duo of Jordan veretout and Diawara. In the attacking Midfield patrolling the central position in all likelihood will be Lorenzo Pellegrini who will return it to the starting lineup. It is possible that we see The Return of Justin kluivert but he may still be nursing that injury so it’s likely to be Diego Perotti on the left-wing. Then on the opposite side of the right-wing, we should see Nicolo Zaniolo returning to the lineup. Upfront as always the Bosnian Striker edin Dzeko. Even though this team is limited definitely a strong enough team to get the job done.
Spal operates out of the 4-3-2-1 formation could this change ahead of this match it’s possible because this is a team that is struggling for points and they have not won a game in quite a long time so there are always possibilities of changing the formation. However, since they haven’t changed their formation in weeks I expect them to stick with what they’ve got. In goal is expected to be Wolfie the backline is made up of Dos Santos, vicari, movich oh, and c i o n e k. In the defensive Midfield, they are made up of munguia, m is s i r o l i and kartik. Playing underneath the center forward is Jankovic, d a l o t i. Then as always, upfront should be andreea pantiga. He is their biggest threat everything that happens in this game will rely on his shoulders he is essentially the only dangerous player on the team and whether he has a good game will depend on what the result looks like at the end.
Matches like this are really important for Roma and they need to put in a really good display. Spal is winless in their last five matches and look to be destined for the relegation Zone surviving at this point will be quite an accomplishment. Matches like this are what cost Roma Champions League Football last season. This is a different Roma team and they have potential I’m getting back into the Champions League next season. Hopefully, Roma can put in a really great performance. They are dealing with some injuries and some suspensions but despite this Roma has all the momentum with them. Thursday’s performance was not a confidence booster but they still have the ability to perform at their highest level. They are a much more dangerous team as spal have no confidence at all having failed to pick up points. Defensively it simple tries to find a way to stop Andreea pentagon will get those three points. The defensive midfielder is key especially considering the fact that Roma injuries and suspension issues in the defense. The defensive Midfield will fuel the attack. Jordan veretout will be incredibly important in this match. If he can provide a security blanket to a weakened Roma defense it will allow the attack, especially through the Midfield in attacking positions Diego Perotti has shown his importance in the team during injury concerns. He is likely to get a start with Justin kluivert still recovering from injury he could be the biggest Difference Maker in the game. the point of attack should be cutting through the Midfield trying to give service to Edin Dzeko. The fact of the matter is Roma has far too much quality in this game they have to not underestimate their opponent it’s simple they just need to play their game and this could be a walk in the park. spal may have beaten them last season but this Roma team under Paulo Fonseca is a different animal. Spal we’ll try to hang on to this game but ultimately Roma will break away the only add fuel to the fire Roma have too much quality not to win this against a team that has difficulty scoring it could be a bloodbath it is a statement that Roma must make and I think they will.