Just days after the Champions League humiliation at Anfield, it is back to the league for AS Roma as they take on the flying donkeys of Chievo Verona in a must-win match for a top three spot.
Roma, Lazio, and Inter are in a triple threat for the top three spot in Serie A which guarantees you automatic qualification for the group stage of the Champions League. This season there is four Champions League spot.
Roma go into this crucial league game on the back of successive league victories and will be pushing hard to make it three wins out of three. Wins over Genoa and SPAL have eased the pressure after a sticky patch at the end of March and the beginning of April. Roma took the eye of the ball in the league and were punished and now they are rectifying and hoping for a top-three finish and champions league football for next season. They are in pole position being in third place at the moment over Lazio thanks to a better head to head and Inter are just one point behind.
Roma will have to put back the emotions and the humiliation of Tuesday night aside on Saturday as this game is more crucial than the return leg next Wednesday. Saturday game will defy whether Roma will be playing European football next in the elite competition.
Chievo are in the midst of a relegation scrap and the game are running out fast, Flying donkeys are sitting in 16th place in the Serie A standings and are just two points ahead of SPAL who occupy the last relegation place. Only goal difference separates Chievo and Crotone in the Serie A standings and there will be more twists and turns to come in the final five games of the Serie A Season.
The reason form of Rolando Maran side has been a real concern and they have been dragged into the relegation battle along with Udinese whose form has gone even worse recently. Chievo last win was on the 31st March in a 2-1 home win over Sampdoria and they are winless in their last 5. Picked up three points in the five games and loses over Napoli and Inter. After the Roma game, Chievo will play two out of the bottom four in Crotone and Benevento, those games will shape up if they are playing Serie A or Serie B next season.