It is the last round of Serie A action before the third international break. Roma travel to the picturesque city of Venice to take on Venezia at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo with the wonderful surroundings around the ground. You can travel to the ground via boat.
Roma goes into the game with another disappointing performance behind them, this time in Europe against Norwegian league leaders Bodo/Glimt. Roma dropped more points in the Europa Conference League against the side from the north of Norway with a disappointing 2-2 draw.
Roma fought back twice from 1-0 down and 2-1 to salvage a point to remain second behind Bodo/Glimt in the league table with 7 points from 4 games. Without VAR in this European competition, Roma was denied two clear penalties for handball but were extremely fortunate for Roger Ibanez‘s goal as the Brazilian defender was offside when he headed in the equaliser from Borja Mayoral cross to make the game 2-2.
Roma struggled for big parts of the game and had to be rescued by a moment of individual brilliance by Stephan El Shaarawy and persistence in the second half from an offside Roger Ibanez. Roma have been extremely poor and stagnated over the last month and it is starting to tell on the pitch. Lack of a plan and a lack of an identity/philosophy is starting to creep in. Roma is lacking a defensive midfielder and that needs to be sorted out in the January transfer window. Now it feels like it’s two steps forward and five steps back watching this Roma side in the last month, all the good work done at the beginning of the season is slowly being ripped apart.
Matias Vina will miss this game due to a muscle strain. Lorenzo Pellegrini, who missed the game in midweek due to knee inflammation, is also at risk for missing this game in Venice.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (4-2-3-1)
Rui Patricio, Karsdorp, Mancini, Ibanez, Calafiori, Veretout, Cristante, Carles Perez, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy, Abraham.
Promoted to Serie A last season via the Serie B playoffs after a dramatic final win over Cittadella, which included a 93rd-minute goal from Riccardo Bocalon to win the game on aggregate 2-1. Venezia are back in Serie A for the first time since the 2001/02 season when they finished bottom of the 18 team Serie A table with 18 points from 34 games. Fiorentina, Lecce, and Hellas Verona were the other three teams to join them. Fiorentina was demoted to Serie C2 after bankruptcy. It has been 19 years and counting and Venezia are back in Serie A.
This current season, Venezia are in 17th place after 11 games with 9 points on the board. Just one point above the dreaded relegation zone which is occupied by Spezia, Salernitana, and Cagliari. The first two games in Serie A were both away defeats at Napoli and in Udine against Udinese.
Venezia did pick up their first win of the season at the third time of asking with a 2-1 at Empoli. Their second win of the season followed a month later under the lights in Venice in a 1-0 win over Vicenzo Italiano‘s Fiorentina. Venezia are winless in the last Serie A games which did include a 2-1 home loss to bottom of the side Salernitana which had one of the worst refereeing decisions I have ever seen. Ethan Ampadu was sent off for a challenge on Franck Ribery where the Wales international won the ball with a clean tackle.
Ex Venezia player Paolo Zanetti is the Venezia coach. He got the job in August 2020 and guided the club to promotion via the Serie B playoffs in May. Zanetti has changed his tactics this season in Serie A and going for a 4-3-3. Last season he went for a 4-3-1-2 with a traditional no10 behind the striker. Tomorrow will be his 58th game in charge of Venezia in all competitions with 22 wins, 19 draws, and 16 defeats.
PREDICTED XI | VENEZIA (4-3-3)
Romero, Ebuehi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps, Crinigoj, Ampadu, Busio, Aramu, Henry, Okereke.