Roma will look to continue their promising start to the season when they travel to Genoa on Sunday at 2pm.
Despite sitting eighth in Serie A, I Giallorossi have lost just once in six games so far, while they’ve also taken seven points from three games in the Europa League having thrashed Romanian side CFR Cluj in midweek.
Paulo Fonseca’s side look vibrant in attack and seem to be shutting up shop defensively, too, having kept three consecutive clean sheets since their 3-3 draw with AC Milan in late October.
By contrast, Genoa are languishing in 16th, just a point above the relegation zone having scored a joint-league-low six goals in six games.
Although only appointed to the dugout in August, manager Rolando Maran will already be feeling the heat and needs a statement home win from his players, who could only manage a 17th-placed Serie A finish last season.
Where to watch Genoa vs Roma on TV:
- UK: FreeSports
- US: ESPN+
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Genoa & Roma’s previous line-ups:
- Genoa (vs Torino): Perin; Ghiglione, Goldaniga, Zapata, Pellegrini; Lerager, Badelj, Rovella; Pjaca, Zajc; Scamacca.
- Roma (vs CFR Cluj): Lopez; Fazio, Ibanez, Kumbulla; Cristante; Peres, Spinnazola, Villar, Veretout; Mayoral, Mkhitaryan.
Stefano Sturaro, Francesco Cassata, Davide Zappacosta and Eldor Shomurodov are all injured for the hosts. Roma, meanwhile, will be without Nicolo Zaniolo, Javier Pastore, Amadou Diawara and Davide Santon.
Players to watch:
- Genoa: Maran’s side are struggling near the bottom of the Serie A table for one main reason: a lack of goals. No side in the Italian top-flight has netted fewer than their six. That makes the role of Gianluca Scamacca that much more important against Roma this weekend. The forward is responsible for two of those six Serie A goals in just 190 minutes of action so far, with each coming in his last two appearances off the back of a double against Catanzaro in the cup. If Scamacca doesn’t find the target again here, it’s hard to imagine anyone else doing serious damage to Roma’s defence.
- Roma: Fonseca’s side have suffered defeat just once across all competitions this season and although they’re enjoying a run of three consecutive clean sheets, it’s their attacking potency which has caught the eye the most. Roma have scored 20 goals in nine games across combined Serie A and Europa League games so far and one of the players leading the charge in this regard is summer arrival, Pedro. The Spanish veteran has three goals in six Serie A appearances this season as well as another strike in the Europa League and is proving that despite being 33 years old, he has more than enough left in the tank to fire Roma to success.