The games are coming thick and fast in a busy period before the winter break. AS Roma are looking to make three Serie A wins on the spin and four in all competitions after the November international break as they travel to Bologna on Wednesday evening.
AS Roma made it three wins in a row in all competitions and back-to-back Serie A wins on Sunday evening in a battling resolute display against Torino. Tammy Abraham‘s first-half goal was the difference and pushed Roma into 5th place just three points behind Atalanta in 4th and 4 points above city rivals Lazio who later in the evening was beaten heavily by Napoli 4-0 in Naples.
At times yesterday, it was not pretty, Roma had a lot of defending without the ball against an excellent Torino side under Ivan Juric who are not catching the breaks at the moment. That 1-0 defeat has meant that Torino have lost their last four away games in Serie A by the scoreline of 1-0. Roma had to dig in and hit on the counterattack which they did excellently in the latter parts of the first half. The goal in all honesty game against the run of play and it was Roma first shot on goal. Effective play.
The defence really stood tall against the Torino pressure in the dying moments of the game, Torino threw on more attackers in Zaza and Sanabria but sadly lost Andrea Belotti to injury. Chris Smalling, Gianluca Mancini, and Roger Ibanez all stood stall. Smalling was excellent and was my man of the match, did an excellent man-marking job on Andrea Belotti and nullified the Torino captain attack prowess.
Lorenzo Pellegrini picked up a muscle injury and had to be withdrawn early in the first half, today it has been confirmed he is out until the new year. More woes for Jose Mourinho in the Roma midfield. Both Bryan Cristante and Gonzalo Villar are still missing for this upcoming game on Wednesday evening due to Covid19. The club are hopeful they will be available on Saturday evening against Inter Milan. Jordan Veretout is back after his one-match suspension.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-1-2)
Rui Patricio, Mancini, Kumbulla, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Diawara, Veretout, Vina, Mkhitaryan, Zaniolo, Abraham.
Bologna have a solid start to the season and after 14 rounds of Serie A action find themselves in 9th position with twenty-one points from fourteen games. Bologna are one of four teams on twenty-one points, the other three being Lazio, Juventus, and Fiorentina. A minus four-goal difference is hampering Bologna from being in a higher position than Lazio and Juventus. The 6-1 mauling at Inter Milan in mid-September really took a hit on the goal difference
Bologna run of form in the last six games has been very consistent in being inconsistent, three wins and three defeats. The run of the six games started off with back-to-back defeats at home to AC Milan in a crazy six-goal thriller in which Bologna had two players sent off, fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2, and lose 4-2 thanks to two late goals from AC Milan. A defeat just a few days later in Naples, 3-0. That was followed by two wins on the spin to go into the November international break. A 2-0 home win over Cagliari was followed by a 2-1 away at Sampdoria. The two games after the international break were a 1-0 home defeat to Venezia and a 1-0 away win on Sunday afternoon at Spezia.
The key player to watch out for in the Bologna side is the club’s top goalscorer this season. Austrian international Marko Arnautovic has been involved in seven goals in thirteen appearances this season in Serie A with six goals and an assist. Started the season strong with three goals in his first six games at his new club after joining from Shanghai port in China. Since the muscle injury which meant he missed the game away in Naples, Arnautovic has been in fine form with three goals in his last four games which has contributed three wins from four Serie A games.
PREDICTED XI | BOLOGNA (3-5-2)
Skorupski, Soumaoro, Medel, Theate, Orsolini, Svanberg, Soriano, Hickey, Barrow, Arnautovic.