Following a tough defeat against AC Milan last weekend and a draw against Bobo and glint at the Stadio Olimpico in midweek in the UEFA conference, Roma will head out on the road for the final matchday before a very important International break four World Cup qualifying. Roma will look to increase their unbeaten streak against newly-promoted sides as they travel to Venezia to make easy work of the bottom of the table. Roma is victorious in 30 of their last 31 meetings against newly-promoted teams, unbeaten in their last 32 against them. History does suggest that Roma should handle this without much difficulty; however, the last time Roma battled with a team from the bottom, it was a difficult occasion. Roma wants to go into the international break with momentum and a massive victory, something they really seem to need right now. Roma will be heavy favorites and should handle the business away from home; however, could Venezia have something up their sleeves? They do have quality on their side. Will they take advantage of it against one of the elite teams in Italian football, or will we see what we expect? We will find out all that and more when the Roma go to battle on Sunday afternoon.
Venezia Projected starting lineup: Romero; Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps; Crnigoj, Busio, Ampadu; Aramu, Henry, Okereke
Venezia has had a difficult return to Italian football as expected, they have been in a dog fight for survival all season, and that will continue to be the case in the end. They currently sit one point above the relegation Zone as every match seems to be equally important for them. However, Valencia has proven at times this season that they can battle and will be a tough out for anyone. While they only have the two wins on the season, they recently beat Florentina, one of the most improved sides in the league, with one of the most dangerous Strikers in Italy. Other Victories that came against Empoli also have had an auspicious start to the season. They do have some good players in the side and are certainly looking to relish the opportunity against Roma at home. Considering the quality difference, you can expect for them to play defensive football at least have a defensive setup against a strong Roma team; even if they are not playing well, they have the quality to break any team down. Considering how Roma played against Cagliari, Venezia should be aggressive the early part of the game just to test Roma hoping to get them off balance. There certainly will be an element of risk when it comes to that approach, and they still should have a defensive structure, but being aggressive might go in their favor. If this game was being played at the Stadio Olimpico, it’s a different story; however, at home, there is any position in which they can try some things against this Roma side. History may not be on their side, but last season Benevento got a goalless draw against Roma when no one expected they certainly wouldn’t win this game, but that doesn’t mean if they play this game right, they couldn’t steal a point which would be huge for their impending case of survival Busio will be the one to watch for if he can get going and Infuse some creativity you just don’t know what could happen.
Roma Projected starting lineup:Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez; Darboe, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Abraham:Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez; Darboe, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Abraham
Prediction: 2–0 Roma
This is the last match before the International break. Roma must take advantage of it. They are not playing a particularly strong team; even if it is away from home, they should not find too many issues dealing with them. However, that’s easier said than done; they shouldn’t have found issues against Cagalli and had to be rescued from that game. It’s been a couple of rough performances since they slammed the door on Napoli Roma. They need a resurgent performance to give them some confidence going into the international break. Lorenzo Pellegrini was rested on Thursday night he will be refreshed and ready to patrol the Midfield on Sunday afternoon; he is the Difference Maker in every game when Roma play poorly; he is the one everyone looks to rescue them; hopefully, this particular game will not need to be rescued by Roma’s best player. Once again, this is a game where the lack of attacking creativity can get moving slightly. Tammy Abraham and Nicolo zaniolo need to get the going trying to find the back of the net more regularly. Only two goals in the league in between the two of them. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Pellegrini has five League goals this season, like in the perfect opportunity for Roma to unlock them. Tammy Abraham has not played well the last couple of games, but In fairness, he hasn’t been given the service required. This is a game that they have opportunities to do some significant damage and unlock that collectively Roma should handle themselves in this game, and they have the materials to do so, but it’s been a bumpy stretch over the last couple of games, I do expect Roma to get a clean sheet and win the game however despite the lopsided differences between the two teams I think it will be a narrow 2–0 victory for Roma until we see more attacking creativity there’s no reason to assume that Roma will rip them apart, but they should go into the break with three points collected in Venezia.