AS Roma Ready To Comeback After A Baneful UCL Loss While Fiorentina All Set To Spoil The Romans’ Plans 0

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Serie A: AS Roma V Fiorentina Match Preview

Coming off a disappointing and controversial loss to Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night, Roma are ready to put that behind them. Roma return to League action this Saturday night as they play host to Fiorentina. Roma are looking for a season sweep of the side from Florence who they beat earlier in this season away from home 4-2 in a thriller. With the Champions League places only intensifying over the last few weeks, points are essential with only three points separating Roma from Inter Milan and Lazio.

Match Details :

○Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2018
○Venue: Stadio Olimpico
○Kickoff: 11:00AM (USA) 5:00PM (ENG), 6:00PM (ITA)
○TV Broadcast: Sky Itaila

Injury Update :

○ AS Roma: Cengiz Under (Hamstring), Rick Karsdorp (ACL), No suspensions

○ Fiorentina: Cyril Théréau and Milan Badelj Return from Injures. Both Germán Pezzella Milan Badelj in risk of suspensions

Potential starting lineup:

Roma: (4-3-3)

GK: Alisson Becker
DEF: Alex Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Alexandro Florenzi
MID: Lorenzo Pellegrini, Kevin Strootman, Radja Nainggolan
Front Three: Gerson, Stephen El Shaarawy , Edin Dzeko

Manager: Eusebio Di Francesco

Fiorentina : (3-5-1-1)

GK: Sportiello
DEF: Hugo, Pezzela, Milenkovic
MID: Badeji, Veretourt, Dabo, Benassi, Biraghi
Center-foward: Chiesa
Striker: Falcinelli

Manager: Stefano Pioli

Writer’s Take :

This is a massive and almost a must-win game for both teams who are fighting for different things. Roma has dropped points last week allowing Inter Milan and Lazio to gain on their lead for third place which is very important because it is the final automatic Champions League spot available. Roma have a one point and two point lead in front of the two teams. A win here could create separation or at the very least maintain their spot in third. Meanwhile Fiorentina who many could say let themselves down a little bit this season are still in play for 6th which would be a spot in the Europa League. They are four points behind AC Milan who are on 6th and a loss to Roma here could end the possibility of getting into Europe. Roma will be favourites in this but Fiorentina are very capable of getting some wins against some of the bigger teams. There are 13 points separating these two teams with Roma having the much better team and players to their disposal despite injuries to some of their key guys. However with that being said teams have got results at the Stadio Olimpico and if Fiorentina are at their best they at least have a chance of doing the same. To me this comes down to one thing and this is the biggest reason I feel Fiorentina won’t pull off the upset and that is Roma have won four of five games against Fiorentina and the one they lost was due to a controversial offside decision. However my biggest concern about Fiorentina is their inconsistency. Although they’re playing really well right now but they can tank at any moment staying consistent is important for them to get a result here I just don’t see it happening as good as Fiorentina have been. Fiorentina will make it tough but in the end I don’t believe they have enough to beat a determined Roma side.