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  • 27 February 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 28499
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Roma - Parma Preview: Montella without Adriano, Perrotta and Mexes for first home match as boss

Roma - Parma Preview: Montella without Adriano, Perrotta and Mexes for first home match as boss

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TEAM NEWS

Roma

Adriano, Perrotta and Castellini are injured, while Rosi, Mexes and Greco are suspended.

Parma

Calvo and Marques are injured and are unavailable for the trip to Rome.

Back to winning ways

Vincenzo Montella’s arrival appears to have revived Roma with the players having recovered their spirits. In midweek they won 1-0 against Bologna away from home in what was a rescheduled fixture from late January. That victory placed the former Italian champions in sixth spot in the Serie A table with 42 points from 26 matches.

The win in Bologna was Roma's first victory in six competitive games and followed a dramatic but eventually detrimental 4-3 defeat to Genoa. Roma had actually gone 3-0 up against their opponents, only to concede four goals in the second half.

However, having tasted victory once again on Sunday afternoon the Roma players will be keen to gift-wrap caretaker coach Montella a home win. As the takeover is nearing its fruition, it is getting more and more important for Roma to fulfill their potential. With Claudio Ranieri gone, the new era has already begun and the Roma fans will expect to see the dawn at home on Sunday.

Hope springs eternal

Parma remain part of the contingent who are struggling for survival in Serie A. Having collected just 27 points from 26 matches, they find themselves just two places and four points above the bottom three and in desperate need of points.

Heading into Week 27, Parma have reiterated their support in coach Pasquale Marino, with the club’s chief executive Pietro Leonardi stating: "The team is behind the coach, they trust him like we do, we don't see a need to change."

Parma will be looking for an upset at the Stadio Olimpico despite boasting a poor away form in the league as Roma have failed to win any of their last three competitive fixtures in Rome and lost to Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli this month. In the reverse fixture in October, Parma held Roma to a goalless draw at home.


Players to watch

F. Totti

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Francesco Totti did not have the best of relationships with Ranieri, but will look to be among the goals for his former strike partner Montella. The World Cup winner will need a close eye kept on him if Parma are to pull off a shock.

H. Crespo

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Hernan Crespo scored against Cesena last weekend and the Argentine veteran striker now has nine goals this campaign. He has popped up with goals from time to time this season and against Roma his experience and penalty area specialisation will come handy.

Editor's Prediction

Roma lost to Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk at home recently but they still retain their strength and aura in Rome. Parma are struggling for survival and have a wretched record on the road, so a comfortable victory looks the most likely outcome of this encounter.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Parma

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
SSD Parma Calcio 1913 PAR
SSD Parma Calcio 1913 Parma
92%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
2 - 0
SSD Parma Calcio 1913 PAR
AS Roma ROM
3 - 0
SSD Parma Calcio 1913 PAR
AS Roma ROM
3 - 1
SSD Parma Calcio 1913 PAR

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