Chievo - Roma Preview: Giallorossi hope to end winless run with victory over barren hosts
The Flying Donkeys are without a goal in their last four games, while Luis Enrique's side need to boost their flagging hopes of finishing in a Champions League qualifying spot
By Livio Caferoglu
Sardo, Cesar, Acerbi, Drame
Luciano, Bradley, Hetemaj
Rosi, De Rossi, Heinze, Taddei
Pjanic, Gago, Marquinho
With Nikola Gulan and Davide Moscardelli's seasons already over, while Marco Andreolli and Dario Dainelli require late fitness tests, Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo should make two changes from the goalless draw with Cagliari on Sunday, as Gennaro Sardo and Perparim Hetemaj look set to feature from the set.
Meanwhile for Roma, Maarten Stekelenburg, Nicolas Burdisso and Juan all remain sidelined, while Erik Lamela and Pablo Osvaldo are banned from participation. Regardless, just one alternation looks set to come to fruition for the visitors as Simon Kjaer is to be dropped for the returning Daniele De Rossi.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chievo have not scored a single goal in their last Serie A fixtures.
- The Flying Donkeys have scored only 30 goals in the league this season. Only relegated Cesena and second-to-last Novara have netted less.
- Chievo last beat Roma in January 2003, courtesy of a solitary strike by Federico Cossato.
- Since them Roma have not lost to Chievo in Serie A in 19 fixtures.
- The Giallorossi are currently on a three-game losing streak and have not registered a clean sheet in eight matches.
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Top 3 Predictions
Chievo 0-2 Roma
- 17.58 %
Chievo 1-2 Roma
- 11.72 %
Chievo 1-3 Roma
- 10.76 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||31 Oct 2013||Roma 1 - Chievo 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||7 May 2013||Roma 0 - Chievo 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||16 Dec 2012||Chievo 1 - Roma 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||1 May 2012||Chievo 0 - Roma 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||8 Jan 2012||Roma 2 - Chievo 0|
|4 Dec 2013||Chievo 4 - Reggina 1||ITAC|
|1 Dec 2013||Chievo 3 - Livorno 0||SR-A|
|23 Nov 2013||Hellas Verona 0 - Chievo 1||SR-A|
|10 Nov 2013||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 0||SR-A|
|4 Nov 2013||Bologna 0 - Chievo 0||SR-A|
|21||Nicolas Sebastien Frey||Defender|
|16||Daniele De Rossi||Midfielder|
|30||Fabio Henrique Simplicio||Midfielder|
Arguably Chievo's greatest-ever player and their Captain Marvel, Pellissier is once again set to lead the line for his team against Roma. Six goals and eight assists this season only further emphasise his importance to the Flying Donkey cause, and, alongside former Milan youngster Alberto Paloschi, who has also stepped up to the plate in recent weeks, they could be a real handful for the Giallorossi rearguard.
The 20-year-old has been a revelation for the Giallorossi this season, with the striker scoring nine league goals this term, and Luis Enrique will count on him to provide the firepower up front in the absence of Pablo Osvaldo. However, he has not scored in his last five and, much like his team, is not in the best of form, so he will need to rectify that come Tuesday.
It's a must-win for Roma, who simply have to pick up three points against Chievo if their slender hopes of securing Champions League football next season are to continue for another week. The Europa League seems to be their best bet admittedly but still, the statistics suggest that they really ought to sweep the hosts aside on Tuesday.
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