AS Roma will face Napoli at Stadio Olimpico, in Rome, at Italian Serie A 29th Round. AS Roma against Napoli is the match with big interest after their previous matches at Italian Serie A. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
AS Roma this season is playing great football, with chances to fight for a ticket to Champions League. Now they stand at 5th place with 4 points difference against AC Milan that is in 4th place. There is still big intrigue which clubs will join Napoli and Juventus in the biggest Europe’s competition next year. Roma played last 6 matches very productively with over 2.5 goals in each. Moreover, they are unbeaten in already 9 games at home. Unfortunately, Roma was kicked out from Coppa Italia by Fiorentina and FC Porto won against them in Champions League 1/8 Final. So now they should strongly concentrate on Serie A highest possible position.
Giallorossi have a very strong, skillful and talented squad. However, they have a serious injury crisis last months. One of the main squad defenders Konstantinos Manolas, Alessandro Florenzi and probably Aleksandr Kolarov will miss the match due to injuries. Midfields will play without Daniel De Rossi and Pellegrini this important match also because of the same reason. The fast and creative attack will, unfortunately, play without Javier Pastore and Stephan El Shaarawy. Because of injuries, the list of super players in the starting eleven against Napoli greatly decreased. This season Roma plays strongly at attacking set pieces, using through balls and individual skills. Moreover, they are great at counter attacks, shooting from direct free kicks and creating scoring chances.
Napoli is playing a very strong season, however, as we can see even strongest season did not give them a chance to be leaders of Serie A. They have 15 points difference with Juventus and 7 points more than nearest chaser Inter Milan. Very likely that two first positions in Italy’s highest league will not change till the finish of the season. Napoli plays home matches better than away’s since they won 7 and lost 3 games. However, they lose away only against the strongest teams in the Serie A. The Parthenopeans lost to Inter Milan 0:1, Sampdoria 0:3 and Juventus 3:1. Napoli is continuing their path in UEFA Europa League and in Quarter-Final they will play with Arsenal.
Unfortunately, some of the main squad players will miss the next match in this team too. Raul Albiol, Vlad Chiriches, Amadou Diawara and probably Fabian Ruiz with Lorenzo Insigne will miss the match against Roma due to injuries. However, even without them, Napoli looks better than their opponents. Especially strong sides of the guest are shooting from direct free kicks, counter attacks, attacking down the wings and creating scoring chances. Despite strenghs, they have weaknesses at avoiding offside and aerial duels.
Almost the same situation as with Inter and Lazio, home team for a few years can’t win against guests. Last time AS Roma won at home in the 2016 year Serie A with 1:0 result. The last match between them finished with 1:1 result in a very tough game. D. Mertens helped the team to avoid the lost as he scored a comeback goal in 90th minute.
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