AS Roma vs Venezia: Match Preview

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It’s AS Roma’s last home game of the season played under the lights of the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening against bottom side Venezia.

Roma will be looking for a first Serie A win in over a month as they close out the home campaign on Saturday evening. The last time Roma won in Serie A was the come from behind 2-1 home win over Salernitana on April 10th. Since that win, Roma have been winless in the last four Serie A games with two draws and two defeats.

The last of the two defeats was a 2-0 away defeat in Florence, where the game was over in the opening fifteen minutes. Fiorentina raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to a debatable penalty from Nicolas Gonzalez and a solo effort from Giacomo Bonaventura. Fiorentina did have a third goal disallowed halfway through the first half if that stood you would have had visions of the Coppa Italia defeat of 2019 in your mind. Fiorentina won that day 7-1 and embarrassed a below-par Roma on that early evening kick-off. Roma was not at the races; it was a tired leggy performance which was to be expected after all the effort that was put in against Leicester City just three days earlier.

AS Roma will be without Gianluca Mancini as the defender picked up a yellow card and will miss the game on Saturday due to suspension. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still out with a muscle injury and will be hoping to be fit for the Europa Conference League final.

PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-2-1)

Rui Patricio, Ibanez, Smalling, Kumbulla, Karsdorp, Veretout, Cristante, Zalewski, Pellegrini, Zaniolo, Abraham

Venezia are destined to be back in Serie B at the first time of asking after the promotion from Serie B to A last year. The club based in Venice are rock bottom of Serie A with twenty-five points from thirty-six games. Three points behind second-bottom Genoa who got a crucial win over Juventus on matchday thirty-five. On Sunday evening, Cagliari are a further point ahead after a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Salernitana. The side from Salerno are out of the bottom three by just one point going into the final two matchdays of the season.

Venezia’s form going into the final part of the season is a sorry sight and that poor form has condemned them to the bottom of the table. They had parted ways with Paolo Zanetti and replaced him with Primavera coach Andrea Soncin. Before Sunday’s dramatic 4-3 home win over Bologna which was a stay of execution for the club in the topflight. Their last victory in Serie A was back on the 12th of February 2022 which was a 2-1 away win at Torino. What followed before last Sunday’s victory was one draw and ten defeats in a row from Mid-February to early May, which has plummeted the club from just outside of the relegation zone to the bottom of the table. Sunday win in an epic seven-goal thriller was just a stay of execution. The realism is settling in and Venezia after Saturday will be playing football next season in Serie B.  

PREDICTED XI | VENEZIA (3-5-2)

Maenpaa, Svoboda, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Mateju, Cuisance, Vacca, Ampadu, Haps, Henry, Aramu.

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