AS Roma close out the latest round of Serie A action looking to bounce back after two disappointing performances in Serie A with a home game under the floodlights on Monday night against a struggling Spezia side.
AS Roma bounced back on Thursday night with a somewhat Jekyll and Hyde performance in Bulgaria against CSKA Sofia in the last group game of the Europa Conference League. Roma won the game 3-2 in Sofia but were 3-0 up and cruising to a comfortable win in Bulgaria thanks to goals from Borja Mayoral and a brace from Tammy Abraham.
But the home side hit back in a frantic final fifteen minutes were Roma’s lack of professionalism nearly cost them the result and top spot in the group stage. CSKA Sofia hit back with two goals in the final fifteen minutes to make the contest a little bit more interesting. Yanic Wildschut’s goal three minutes into stoppage time came a little bit too late and Roma celebrated a win which was a little harder than they expected.
That win against CSKA Sofia meant that Roma finished top of the group ahead of Bodo/Glimt who could only draw 1-1 away at Zorya Luhansk. Roma has a bye and will not feature in the Europa Conference League knockout round which has the eight teams who finished second in their group with the eight teams that finished third in their Europa League group.
Roma are without five key players due to suspension and injury. Both Gianluca Mancini and Nicolo Zaniolo are missing due to suspension. Stephan El Shaarawy, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Leonardo Spinazzola due to injury.
PREDICTED XI |ROMA (3-5-2)
Rui Patricio, Kumbulla, Smalling, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Veretout, Cristante, Mkhitaryan, Vina, Abraham, Borja Mayoral.
Spezia are the visitors to the Italian capital on Monday evening and are currently in 17th place in the Serie A table. Just one place above the relegation zone ahead of Cagliari by two points. Spezia after sixteen games have twelve points, they have won three, drawn three and, lost ten. Spezia have the second-worst loss record so far with ten, Salernitana have lost thirteen so far this season. Spezia also have the second-worst goal difference in this current campaign with -19, Salernitana have the worst with -26.
Spezia have only won one out of their last eight Serie A games, which came on matchday twelve with a 1-0 win over Torino at home. Since that win, it has been a sorry sight for Thiago Motta and his Spezia squad. Just one point picked up from the next four games, which was last weekend with a 2-2 draw at home to Sassuolo. Spezia before the draw against Sassuolo were winless in the previous three games. A 5-2 hammering at Atalanta was followed by a 1-0 defeat at home to Bologna and then a 2-0 away defeat at Inter Milan.
On Thursday, Spezia will take on Lecce in the second round of the Coppa Italia. Pordenone was defeated in the first round of the Coppa Italia back in early August just ten days before Spezia’s first game this season in Serie A which ended in a draw at Cagliari.
Thiago Motta is the current Spezia coach, he took over in July 2021 after Vincenzo Italiano was sought after and leftover to take over at Fiorentina. It has not gone great for Motta in his second job as a coach/manager in Italian football. He lasted ten games overall at Genoa between October 2019 and December 2019. Just winning two out of ten games in all competitions. His current reign at Spezia is four wins out of Seventeen in all competitions with three draws and ten defeats.
PREDICTED XI | SPEZIA (3-5-2)
Provedel, Amian, Erlic, Nikolaou, Gyasi, Kovalenko, Sala, Maggiore, Reca, Verde, Manaj.