AS Roma are in poor form now, stuck in a rut, and have not won since coming back from the January international break. Roma fans are hoping they can break their duck and pick up a win at Spezia on Sunday evening.
Roma was bailed out again in Serie A for the second successive week by a late equaliser. The week prior it was Bryan Cristante equaliser away at Sassuolo. Last weekend it was the Primavera players strutting their stuff and saving Roma from another embarrassing performance against Hellas Verona.
Trailing 2-0 at halftime to a well-drilled Hellas Verona side thanks to goals from Antonin Barak and Adrian Tameze, Roma hit back with two second-half goals from Cristian Volpato and Edoardo Bove. Both came on in the second half along with Nicola Zalewski and changed the game in favour of Roma. Alberto De Rossi Primavera players are doing the business in the first team and showing up some of the players in the first team.
It was back to the drawing board again for Roma, it is frustrating to watch this side at the moment. I think many fans are finding it tougher and tougher to watch their style of football and painfully are falling out of love with the club. Social Media is becoming more toxic and toxic after every single Roma game as both Roma fans and Jose Mourinho fans are clashing over performances from the club.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-1-2)
Rui Patricio, Mancini, Kumbulla, Smalling, Karsdorp, Cristante, Veretout, Vina, Pellegrini, Zaniolo, Abraham.
Spezia welcome AS Roma to Liguria on Sunday evening, Thiago Motta‘s side are hovering just above the Serie A relegation zone in 16th position with twenty-six points from twenty-six games. Four points clear of both Venezia and Cagliari in 17th and 18th position. Spezia are nine points ahead of second-bottom Genoa and eleven points clear of bottom side Salernitana.
Spezia’s form in 2022 has been really encouraging, three wins, one draw, and three defeats. Two out of the three defeats have come in the last two games. Both on a Monday night and both have been narrow 2-1 defeats to both Fiorentina and Bologna. Sofyan Amrabat broke Spezia’s heart with a winner in the 89th minute to give Fiorentina the three points on Valentine’s Day. A week later Makro Arnautovic was the party pooper for Bologna as he gave Bologna the three points with his winner six minutes from time. Spezia started 2022 with a 2-1 home loss on epiphany to Hellas Verona. Gianluca Caprari was the hero for Igor Tudor‘s side that day with a double to give Hellas Verona a 2-1 away win.
After the loss on Epiphany, Spezia under Thiago Motta then went unbeaten in their next four games picking up ten points from a possible twelve, Genoa were defeated at the Marassi 1-0, and AC Milan were defeated 2-1 at San Siro. Emmanuel Gyasi won the game at the San Siro with a winner in the sixth minute of added time. A week later Sampdoria were defeated at home 1-0 thanks to a goal from Daniele Verde. A draw away in Salerno followed against Salernitana in a crazy game which ended 2-2, all four goals were scored in the first thirty minutes. Which included two set-piece goals from Simone Verdi with different feet.
PREDICTED XI | SPEZIA (4-2-3-1)
Provedel, Amian, Erlic, Nikolaou, Reca, Sala, Kiwior, Gyasi, Maggiore, Verde, Nzola