Roma lost their third game on the spin against Napoli over the weekend but remain in hot pursuit of a Europa League qualification place and could consolidate their standing in fifth with a positive result against mid-table Parma in Serie A on Wednesday night (20:45 kick-off time).
Paulo Fonseca’s side have struggled since football returned to Italy, having lost their third consecutive match on Sunday, which has all but handed fourth spot to high-flying Atalanta for a second successive season. With elite European football seemingly out of the window, barring a dramatic collapse from Atalanta, Roma will be desperate to ensure they pick up form and finish in the top six.
As things stand AC Milan, who inflicted a 2-0 defeat at the end of last month, sit just two points away from the Giallorossi in seventh, adding another layer of pressure to this contest against Parma. The Crusaders are also enduring a three-match losing streak of their own, and will be hoping to end that barren run in the capital.
Despite a string of disappointing performances these past few weeks, Parma appear safe from the drop, but they’ll be hoping to put their recent downturn to one side and pick up results with eight games still remaining in the Italian top-flight this season.
Where to watch Roma vs Parma on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: ESPN+
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Roma & Parma’s previous line-ups:
- Roma (vs Napoli): Lopez; Zappacosta, Smalling*, Ibanez, Spinazzola; Veretout, Mancini, Pellegrini, Kluivert, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko.
- Parma (vs Fiorentina): Sepe; Darmian, Iacoponi, Alves, Gagliolo; Kucka, Brugman, Kurtic; Kulusevski, Gervinho; Karamoh.
Chris Smalling was subbed off in the 30th minute against Napoli on Sunday and is unlikely to make the squad for Wednesday’s meeting, with his replacement at the San Paolo, Federico Fazio, set to deputise in his absence. Parma came through the weekend unscathed but remain without Roberto Inglese.
Players to watch:
- Roma: Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian forward may not have garnered the greatest of reputations in England, following his eye-catching move from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, but he is certainly rediscovering his former spark on Italian soil, and could prove the difference-maker in these conclusive few weeks. A 34-year-old Edin Dzeko is currently leading the scoring charts for Roma, but the capital club have not been solely reliant on their prolific marksman this season, with Mkhitaryan also coming good and amassing seven to his name as Fonseca’s second-highest goal-getter.
- Parma: Dejan Kulusevski. The Swede has already signed on the dotted line for Juventus. Relocating from Atalanta (whilst on loan at Parma) in January before returning to the Crusaders to finish his loan spell, Juve moved fast to secure the precocious forward’s talents, and who can blame them? Kulusevski has been exceptional in front of goal this season, finding the back of the net seven times, while also teeing up his teammates on seven occasions. With eight games remaining Kulusevski could very well hit double digits in either of those metrics.
Scoreline prediction: Roma 2-1 Parma
Serie A 2019/20 recent form:
- Roma: LLLWW
- Parma: LLLWD