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Rudi Garcia's men enter the season under pressure to build on last year's excellent campaign but Al Hain-Cole expects their strong record against the Viola to ensure a strong start

After surpassing expectations to finish second in last season's Serie A, Roma will be looking to re-assert their title credentials they welcome Fiorentina to the Stadio Olimpico in Saturday's opener.

Rudi Garcia oversaw 10 consecutive league victories after taking over in the capital last summer and is available at 3/4 (1.75) with William Hill to get his second season off to a winning start.

Having only won one of their last 21 away matches against these opponents, the Viola are 15/4 (4.75) outsiders to come out on top this time out.

The hosts did not draw any of their last 13 league fixtures last season but you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them opening the new campaign with a stalemate here.

While few could have predicted Garcia's incredible start to life in Italy last year, the Frenchman must now face far greater pressure as he attempts the difficult second season.

With perennial champions Juventus in a slight state of flux after the departure of coach Antonio Conte, the Giallorossi are many people's tip to finally steal the Scudetto from their vice-like grip this campaign.

As expectation builds to a crescendo, the Romans will be desperate to get off to a positive start in front of their own fans so should be grateful that the fixture compiler has pitted them against a favourite opponent.

Considering that they have beaten Vincenzo Montella's side in five of the last six Serie A meetings and 17 of the previous 21 in their own backyard, those 3/4 (1.75) odds seem like money well spent on them securing a 16th victory in 19 home league matches under Garcia, who has lost just once at the Stadio Olimpico.

Nevertheless, with the likes of Mario Gomez and World Cup star Juan Cuadrado in the side, Fiorentina should be expected to at least make it interesting, with odds of 8/5 (2.60) well worth backing on the home win featuring over 2.5 goals for the seventh consecutive encounter at this ground.

Roma to win for a 2pt stake at 3/4 (1.75) with William Hill Roma to win & over 2.5 for a 1pt stake at 8/5 (2.60) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.