The Giallorossi look for third win in a row after impressive wins over Udinese and AC Milan.
Seemingly just have completed a terrific 4-0 match against Udinese on Wednesday, Roma welcome 6th place Napoli to the Stadio Olimpico. Napoli, on the other hand, is coming off an extremely controversial draw suffered against Atalanta. So controversial was the ending that local Napoli politicians recently became involved in potential Serie A rule revisions. Bench boss Carlo Ancelotti had choice words for the officiating crew, was shown the red card after much brouhaha, and thus will not be available to manage the Roma match.
Roma will also be shorthanded, having lost Federico Fazio to an early red card against Udinese. Being ejected from the game in the first half did not seem to bother the Giallorossi as they went about their business and eventually ended winners up four to nil, getting goals from Zaniolo, new defensive back Chris Smalling, Kluivert, and penalty shot extraordinaire Aleksandar Kolarov.
Despite their headline-grabbing ending against Atalanta and lower table standing, Napoli are no pushovers, and Roma is certainly not favored going into Saturday. Napoli did not lose a match in October and only surrendered an average of 1.2 goals per match. The Azzurri’s last loss came in a shock defeat to Cagliari on September 25th. The loss was odd considering they had recently taken down EPL powerhouse and reigning UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool, 2-0 just days before.
While Roma has also not suffered a loss in October, they have been wildly inconsistent, playing down to teams they should have beaten rather easily, not only in Serie A but the Europa League as well. The abundance of talent, especially on the offensive side of the ball is apparent, but Roma has had struggles all season long with getting the most out of an offense that can easily put games out of reach for their opponents.
Most would argue that even despite the horrid call against in the Borussia Monchengladbach game, Roma had no business sitting back all game on a one-goal lead when they know they are capable of so much more.