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The Serie A fixture at Stadio Alberto Picco on Sunday sees home side Spezia welcome guests Roma.
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Spezia won’t want a repeat of their last result here after the 5-2 Coppa Italia loss in their previous game against Atalanta.
In that match, Spezia had 43% possession and 9 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. For Spezia, goals were scored by Albin Ekdal (14'), Daniele Verde (38') and Ethan Ampadu (91' Own goal). On the other side, Atalanta got 18 shots at goal with 6 on target. Ademola Lookman (10', 12'), Hans Hateboer (26') and Rasmus Højlund (72') scored for Atalanta.
Over their past six games, Luca Gotti's Spezia have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a combined total of 8 times, with that being an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.33.
A look at their previous results shows us that Spezia:
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 league matches at home.
- are without a win at home for the past 5 matches in the league. Fans are getting restless.
Roma will go into the game following a 2-0 Serie A win with the eclipse of Fiorentina in their previous outing.
In that game, Roma had 52% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Roma was Paulo Dybala (40', 82'). Fiorentina had 7 shots at goal with 2 on target.
In their previous half-dozen clashes, Roma have amassed a total of 8 goals. Roma have also not failed to score in every single one of those games. Over that period, their defenders have seen 4 goals scored by their opponents. Previous results aside, we’ll just have to find out if that pattern might be replicated here in this game.
Looking at their past form shows that Roma:
- have not been beaten in their last 6 away league matches.
- are without a win away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 16/12/2015 shows that Spezia have won 1 of these & Roma 3, with the number of drawn results being 2.
An aggregate of 20 goals were scored between them in these games, with 9 from Spezia and 11 created by i Giallorossi. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.33.
The previous league match between these clubs was Serie A match day 27 on 27/02/2022 when it finished Spezia 0-1 Roma.
On that occasion, Spezia managed 35% possession and 9 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
On the other side, Roma had 31 attempts on goal with 10 on target. Tammy Abraham (99') was the scorer.
The referee was Michael Fabbri.
Team News: Spezia
Simone Bastoni (Meniscal Injury) and Jeroen Zoet (Unknown Injury) aren’t available for Spezia gaffer Luca Gotti. Dimitrios Nikolaou cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: Roma
Roma boss José Mourinho has some current player fitness concerns. Ebrima Darboe (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) and Georginio Wijnaldum (Tibia Fracture) are those who can’t be considered. William Bianda will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Our assessment is that Spezia should get enough chances to put a goal past this Roma lineup, although one goal possibly won’t quite be enough.
We’re going for a very close game with a 1-2 victory for Roma at the end of the 90 minutes. Hopefully this is a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Alberto Picco (11,512)
Captain: Emmanuel Gyasi
Chairman: Philip Raymond Platek Jr
Manager: Luca Gotti
Competitions: Serie A position 15, Coppa Italia (3rd Round)
⭐ Key Man: M'Bala Nzola
Generally used in the Striker position, M'Bala Nzola was born in Troyes, France. After having made a senior debut playing for Carpi in the 2017 - 2018 season, the goalscoring Forward has struck 9 league goals in the Serie A 2022 - 2023 campaign to date in a total of 18 appearances.