The upcoming match between Hellas Verona and Roma is definitely important to understand if the challenge for the Serie A will close in favour of Juventus or not.
A very difficult match for Garcia’s guys that are travelling to the Bentegodi stadium for supporters to stay interested in the Serie A. After yesterday’s win against Atalanta (2-1 in Turin) Juventus is now 10 points ahead of Roma and in a pretty comfortable situation if we think about the recent weak performances of the Giallorossi.
Tomorrow Roma’s only objective is to win to follow the Bianconeri and to keep Napoli at a safe distance. We all know the importance of finishing the season in the second spot rather than in the third and Roma wants to avoid any risk to pass through the terrible preliminary round of the Champions League.
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Verona-Roma is also a difficult match because even if Mandorlini’s guys are not in a safe position in the rankings they still know how to properly play football. We perfectly remember Verona amazing the crowds during the previous season. Garcia deeply respects this team that combines competitive nastiness to speed. To be honest we also have to say that during the last summer transfer market session Verona sold many important players such as Jorginho (to Napoli) and Iturbe (to Roma). These negotiatiations definitely have weakened Mandorlini’s team and Roma must impose its higher quality on the playing field.
Verona hasn’t beat the Giallorossi since 1996, 2 draws and 8 defeats in the last matches between these two teams. Moreover, Roma always scored in the last 15 matches played against the Gialloblu. According to the OPTA Stats Roma faced Verona 51 times with the following results: 26 wins and 9 defeats. In reference to Verona’s actual moment I can highlight that the Gialloblu lost the last 3 matches and they did worse than this only in March 2014 when they lost 4 consecutive matches.
On the other side Roma is undefeated in 13 games but the Giallorossi drew 5 of the last 6 matches. Roma has one of the best ball possession records in the Serie A and to highlight this data OPTA Stats tells us that Garcia’s guys had more than 50% of the ball possession in the previous 23 matches played so far.
VERONA (4-3-3): Benussi; E. Pisano, Marquez, Marques, Brivio; Ionita, Tachtsidis, Hallfredsson; J. Gomez, Toni, Jankovic.
Unavailable players: Rodriguez, Sala, Obbadi, Rafael, Moras
ROMA (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Florenzi, Manolas, Astori, Holebas; Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Gervinho, Doumbia, Ljajic.
Unavailable: Strootman, Balzaretti, Castan, Iturbe, Ibarbo, Lobont, Maicon