Vincenzo Montella will aspire to lead the Lupi to a comfortable victory over the relegation-threatened side in his first home match in charge...
Back To Winning Ways
Vincenzo Montella’s arrival appears to have revived Roma with the players having recovered their spirits. In midweek the Giallorossi 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 standings with 42 points from 26 matches.
The win in Bologna was the Lupi’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 the Grifoni only to concede no fewer than 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, the Ducali 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.
Adriano and Perrotta are injured and will miss the visit of Parma. Rosi, Mexes and Greco are suspended.
Calvo and Marques are injured and are unavailable for the visit to Rome.
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