Roma will look to climb into the top four in Serie A when they welcome struggling Torino to the capital on Thursday (7.45pm kick-off).
The Giallorossi are currently sixth in the table but have a game in hand on those above them and could position themselves in fourth with a win against Torino. Marco Giampaolo’s men meanwhile are languishing in the relegation zone, but clinched victory on their last visit to the Stadio Olimpico against Roma back in January.
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- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Roma 3-1 Torino
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Roma vs Torino build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
With Napoli, Sassuolo and AC Milan all dropping points on Wednesday, Roma have a chance to restore some parity at the top of the table and sneak into the top four. Paulo Fonseca will feel confident of getting the job done as his side have kept consecutive clean sheets in their previous three home games.
Torino come to the Eternal City without a win in their last four games, including defeat in the Derby della Mole against Juventus just under a fortnight ago, as well as a 3-2 loss to Udinese last time out. La Granata need a win to close the gap on 17th-placed Fiorentina but have not won successive away matches at Roma since 1969.
- Roma (vs Bologna): Lopez; Kumbulla*, Cristante*, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Veretout, Villar, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko.
- Torino (vs Udinese): Sirigu; Lyanco, N’Koulou, Rodriguez; Singo, Meite, Rincon, Linetty, Vojvoda; Zaza, Belotti.
Marash Kumbulla came off early in the victory over Bologna at the weekend and is expected to sit this one out, with his replacement on the day, Chris Smalling, in line to return to Fonseca’s defence. Gianluca Mancini also faces a late fitness test, while first-team regular Bryan Cristante has been suspended for one match by the Serie A disciplinary board for the use of “blasphemous language”. Torino meanwhile will be without Simone Verdi, Cristian Ansaldi and Vincenzo Millico.
Players to watch:
Roma: He is some way off Francesco Totti’s record of 307 goals for Roma, but in the 5-1 win over Bologna at the weekend Edin Dzeko brought his overall tally to 111 in Giallorossi colours, drawing level with the club’s third-highest scorer in all competitions, Amedeo Amadei. The Bosnian now has a chance to move fourth in the club’s overall Serie A scoring charts should he net against Torino. As it stands, his 82 Serie A strikes is just one below Vincenzo Montella’s top-flight haul, and while the Roma skipper will turn 35 in March, he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Torino: With the talent at Giampaolo’s disposal it’s unacceptable the club currently find themselves just one place from the foot of the table and four points adrift safety. If they are to navigate their way out of this difficult situation and start climbing up the table then they will need to find answers across the pitch, and not just rely on Andrea Belotti. The captain is almost single-handedly steering the ship, with an impressive eight Serie A goals, second in the scoring charts only to joint-leaders Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (all on 10). The 26-year-old also has two assists, making him Torino’s top scorer (by some margin) and top creator; only Sasa Lukic has more than one goal. The only blot on his 2020/21 CV is that among the players with more than six goals in Europe’s top five leagues, he has scored the fewest away from home (one in eight matches). Torino will need that to change if they are to leave the capital with points on the board.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Roma: WDLWW
- Torino: LLDLD
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