AS Roma VS Fiorentina Prediction
Round 23 of the Serie A closes on Tuesday night, 7 February 2017, when Fiorentina will challenge AS Roma at the “Stadio Olimpico” in Italian capital Rome. Both clubs had their own commitments last Wednesday and after successful accomplishments of the midweek tasks, AS Roma and Fiorentina are set for their second duel in the 2016-17 Serie A season. Previous encounter between Fiorentina and AS Roma was at the “Stadio Artemio Franchi” in Florence, where “Viola” won with a goal scored by Croatian midfielder Milan Badelj in closing minutes.
Match Preview: AS Roma vs Fiorentina 07.02.2017
Few days after winning the Coppa Italia quarter-final tie vs Cesena (2-1), AS Roma will be keen to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Sampdoria. Losing 3-2 vs “La Samp” was a massive setback for all Scudetto dreams of The Giallorossi, especially when Juventus were victorious in the “Derby d’Italia” on Sunday night. Nonetheless, Luciano Spalletti’s men are aiming to return on the second position which has been taken by Napoli, who have climbed there after a tremendous win over Bologna on Saturday night. Distance between both runner-ups and also main Champions League pretenders is only a point, 48 against 47, whilst Juventus tops the standings with 54 points and one game less.
Best thing which “The Roman Wolves” can do in current situation is to reduce gap to “The Old Lady” on four points, but however, it will happen only if they defeat Fiorentina. Otherwise Juventus will feel even more comfortable before a postponed match vs Crotone on Wednesday night.
Fiorentina performs below higher expectations everyone in Florence had prior beginning of the 2016-17 Serie A season. For instance “Viola” holds seventh position and Paulo Sousa’s men are on 10 points behind current opponents from Rome. Anyway, team shows improvement of late and Fiorentina are unbeaten in five Serie A games, collecting 11 points in that period. A run that is based on three wins and two draws, and includes some decent results. First of them was a 3-3 draw vs Napoli at home, but to be honest Fiorentina should regret about a missed opportunity to win. Not only because Fiorentina made a comeback twice, but visitors from Naples leveled the score after a penalty in stoppage time. Meanwhile, one month later Napoli eliminated Fiorentina at the Coppa Italia 1/4 finals, which remains a sole loss of club from Florence in 2017.
Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Unquestionably, icing on the cake and source of sudden inspiration for Fiorentina came after Viola’s first Serie A fixture in 2017. That was a major home victory against Juventus (2-1 ) and Paulo Sousa used that moment to decrease overall pressure over him.
Portuguese coach of Fiorentina regained some of the pre-season confidence, but his players must show more consistency and determination. Latest example for lack of composure was in their last home match when Fiorentina slipped against Genoa (3-3). Even more, that game had its influence to the upcoming visit in Pescara, where Fiorentina’s boss had to choose replacements not only to the injured key players trio, but of two other suspended players as well. Except injuries of goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu, captain Gonzalo Rodriguez and top scorer Nikola Kalinic, Paulo Sousa had to look for adequate replacements to Davide Astori and Federico Bernardeschi. Astori served his one-game suspension as a result of yellow card accumulation, while Bernardeschi has been booked with a straight red card.
Despite all notable absentees, Fiorentina found a way to avoid huge disappointment in Pescara and Cristian Tello was hero in that game. Spanish winger netted a brace in second part of the game, as his second goal goal was scored in 95th minute. Thus Fiorentina marked a full comeback after they were losing on half time.
Good news are related with names of both suspended players who are set to return and we expect Davide Astori in the centre-back trio. Federico Bernardeschi should take one of the positions behind the striker in Fiorentina’s 3-4-2-1 formation, where Nikola Kalinic should be ready to start on top. Gonzalo Rodríguez remains the only injured player in the away team.
On other hand we find bigger injury concerns in hosts from Rome. Luciano Spalletti made some rotations in Roma’s starting XI against Cesena, where legendary forward Francesco Totti amazed the football world again. “The King of Rome” started from the outset and he once again reminded us about his great physical and psychological condition. Indeed, Totti scored the winning goal for Roma after a successfully executed penalty in 97th minute of the match. This speaks enough.
Bad news came in first half of the match against Cesena when Diego Perotti had to leave the pitch injured, after only 20 minutes in action. The Argentine will need some time to recover and he joins Alessandro Florenzi in Roma’s injury list.
In addition Luciano Spalletti cannot rely to Mohamed Salah, who was integral part of Egypt’s selection at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. He took part in the final match where Egypt lost to Cameroon and Salah won’t be available until the weekend.
Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
AS Roma will be looking for revenge after losing in Florence earlier in the season. Their home record is really stunning and with 10 wins out of 10 home matches “Giallorossi” are reasonably considered for favourites.
Fiorentina on their turn are in-form and will try to take advantage from the missing names in Rome. “Viola” enters in this match without any additional pressure, unlike their rivals who have to stay competitive on top of the table.
Apparently we have two from the Serie A clubs with players who are well-known for having a great technique and can always impress with their individual skills. We expect goals by both sides and logically our betting prediction goes on “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico”, Rome.
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati.
Possible Lineups of AS Roma and Fiorentina
AS Roma: Wojciech Szczesny – Konstantinos Manolas, Federico Fazio, Antonio Rüdiger – Emerson, Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi, Bruno Peres – Stephan El Shaarawy, Radja Nainggolan – Edin Dzeko. (3-4-2-1)
ACF Fiorentina: Marco Sportiello – Carlos Sanchez, Sebastien De Maio, Davide Astori – Cristian Tello, Matias Vecino, Milan Badelj, Maximiliano Olivera – Federico Bernardeschi, Borja Valero – Nikola Kalinic. (3-4-2-1)