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Football Whispers' Predictions for Spezia vs Roma
Roma will be expecting a tough 90-minutes away at Spezia in Serie A this weekend, despite there being a 15pt gap and seven places between the two teams as things stand. Roma need the points to push for a European finish this season, while Spezia still aren't yet safe from relegation but their recent form suggests that they will survive.
Roma to Win
Roma have won two of their three previous league meetings with Spezia and the visitors have never lost against their hosts in Serie A before. Spezia have lost their last two league games and are without a win in their last three outings, while Roma have picked up 4pts from their last two away trips and easily have the better squad on paper.
We're fully expecting a close and competitive 90-minutes on Sunday and have backed both teams to score just as they have done in two of the pair's last three league meetings. Both teams have also scored in four of Spezia's last five fixtures as well as in four of Roma's last six outings, so you can understand why we're not backing either side to keep a clean sheet this weekend.
Spezia vs Roma: Key Stats & Figures
A win could propel Roma back into the European places
Spezia took an early lead in their last game away at Bologna, though Manaj in the 11th-minute, but it proved to be a false dawn for the visitors. Former Stoke City striker, Arnautovic, scored a goal in each half to hand Bologna all 3pts. Spezia sit 15th in the table as things stand, 4pts above relegation, so even a point would be welcomed with open arms this weekend.
Spezia Predicted Lineup – Provedel, Sala, Nikolaou, Erlić, Kiwior, Ferrer, Reca, Maggiore, Gyasi, Manaj & Verde
Roma were the big favourites to win their home game against Verona but in the end, Mourinho's men would have been happy with the point their earned. Verona went 2-0 up early on and lad at the interval. Volpato began the Roma comeback in the 65th-minute and Bove got the home side back onto level terms in the 84th-minute. Roma sit 8th in the Serie A table following that result but could move above Fiorentina and Lazio with a win on Sunday.
Roma Predicted Lineup – Patrício, Smalling, Karsdorp, Kumbulla, Viña, Oliveira, Cristante, Maitland-Niles, Pellegrini, Abraham & Afena-Gyan
Spezia: Leo Sena and Aimar Sher are the two main injury concerns for the home side.
Roma: Pérez, Shomurodov, Mkhitaryan, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy, Ibañez and Spinazzola are all doubts for the visitors this weekend.
Q&A – Spezia vs Roma
- Who are the favourites to win? – Roma are the bookmaker's choice to win this game.
- What was the score when these two teams last met? – Roma 2-0 Spezia, 13/12/21.
- What time is kick-off? – 17:00 GMT, 18:00 CET.