Roma-Genoa Match Preview (Serie A 2017-18)

The games are coming thick and fast at the back end of the season, midweek Roma will entertain Genoa looking to pile the pressure on Lazio in the race for third place. 

Roma domestic form in the last month has been a bit of a concern. Eusebio Di Francesco side have only won one out of their last four Serie A games which was away at Crotone before the International break. Draw at Bologna and then a shock home defeat to Fiorentina which was sandwiched in between the two Barcelona games. Safe to say that Roma players and staff had their attention turned elsewhere in recent weeks.

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The win over Barcelona in the Champions League has brought a Social Media buzz and they will now take on Liverpool in the Semi-final of the Champions League. But they will need to focus on the league in the next couple of weeks or it could be a real possibility of no Champions League football which would be criminal for Roma 

At the weekend, it was the Derby Della Capitale and it proved to be a stalemate with both teams playing with fear of not losing. Roma were denied by the upright on two occasions. Bruno Peres really should have put Roma ahead but his effort struck the post, Edin Dzeko struck the bar with a late header. Roma are now on level on points with Lazio for the race for third but trail the city rivals on goal difference. Inter Milan lay in fifth spot just one point behind both Roman clubs. 

Genoa are level on points with Bologna in 11th in the Serie A table and are four games unbeaten since the international break and will be looking to add to their unbeaten run with a confident showing on Wednesday night. They have already won in the capital this season by pulling off a shock 2-1 win over Lazio in early February thanks to a stoppage-time winner from wing back Diego Laxalt. 

Draws with SPAL and at home to Sampdoria in the Derby Della Lanterna have come with two home wins over Cagliari and Crotone. With eight points picked up from twelve, it has dragged Genoa from being sucked into the Serie A relegation battle to mid-table and pushing for a top half finish. Not bad for a team who was struggling under Ivan Juric earlier this season and made the wise choice of bringing back Davide Ballardini in to steady the ship. 

The last time these two sides met at the Stadio Olimpico, was the final day of the 2016-17 season which proved to be an emotional day. It was Francesco Totti farewell and Roma won the game 3-2 in added on time thanks to Diego Perotti close-range finish which sent the Stadio Olimpico into frenzy. That win guaranteed Roma second spot ahead of Napoli. On that day we saw a young Pietro Pellegri score for Genoa and he has gone onto bigger and brighter prospects at AS Monaco.

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