Roma vs Pescara by Enzo
Roma suffered 2:1 defeat last weekend away from home against in-form Atalanta, in a game between maybe even two most in-form sides in that moment. Guests however took the lead from a penalty kick taken by Perotti near the end of the first halftime, but the players from Bergamo responded well in the second part of the game.
In quite an open second half, they firstly managed to level up the result in 62nd minute with a goal from Caldara while the snatched the three pointer from a penalty kick in 90th minute via Kessie. Overall, it was a very open game from both ends and the final result could have been very different on some other day. Roma remained on the second position after this defeat, but now toether with Milan and with only a point more than Lazio, Atalanta and Torino, while they have already seven points less than leaders from Juventus.
Roma is set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Dzeko as number nine, plus Perotti, Nainggolan and Salah as offensive midfielders. Right back Alessandro Florenzi (9/0) is injured, while doubtful remain central defender Kostas Manolas (12/0) and forward Stephan El Shaarawy (13/2).
Pescara continued with poor performances last weekend away to Juventus when they suffered 3:0 defeat. It's not that they could get something more positive against the strongest side in the country, but the team now looks as a real candidate to end up the season by relegating, maybe even on the last place on the table.
We might have seen an improvement or two in their performance, but the players of Juventus simply played as much as needed and sealed the victory easy with a goal from Khedira in first, plus Mandzukic and Hernanes in the second halftime. Pescara is now at eighteen position, three points below safely placed Empoli and two points above rock bottom placed Crotone.
Visitors from Pescara are set to play in 4-3-2-1 formation, a bit more defensive one with Caprari set as central striker, plus Aquilani and Benalli as offensive midfielders. Central defenders Norbert Gyomber (4/0), Andrea Coda (3/0) and Hugo Campagnaro (11/1) are all injured and out. Other central defender, Michele Fornasier (9/0) is doubtful.
- Roma have scored at least 3 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches (Serie A).
Roma bounced back from a defeat away to Bergamo with a victory in Europa League and securing the first position. The team now needs to impress here as well and they can't have easy job in my eyes. Visitors are obviously way off the Seria A level and with missing defenders here, I can't see them being very competitive in this one.