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  • April 25, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 37000
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Roma - Fiorentina Preview: Viola looking for first win at Stadio Olimpico in over 20 years

Roma - Fiorentina Preview: Viola looking for first win at Stadio Olimpico in over 20 years

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Rome has not proved the most fruitful of hunting grounds for the Florence side who have not tasted victory against the Giallorossi in the capital in over two decades


PROBABLE LINEUPS
ROMA

Stekelenburg
Taddei, Kjaer, Heinze, Angel
Gago, De Rossi, Marquinho
Totti
Osvaldo, Bojan
FIORENTINA

Boruc
Cassani, Gamberini, Natali, Nastasic
Montolivo, Behrami, Lazzari, Pasqual
Ljajic
Jovetic

Luis Enrique's men have suffered an inconsistent second half to the season and are without a host of names for the visit of Fiorentina.

South American defenders Nicolas Burdisso and Juan are unlikely to feature due to injury, while Bogdan Lobont, Leandro Greco, Fabio Simplicio, Marco Cassetti and Fabio Borini are all among those for the Giallorossi currently receiving treatment. Marquinho could start ahead of Miralem Pjanic in midfield having scored two goals in his last three games.

Viola, meanwhile, have slumped alarmingly close to the relegation zone following a run of just two wins in their last 11 games. One of which came at San Siro against AC Milan, and the hero of that match, Amauri, is suspended for the visit to the Olimpico.

Defensive duo Per Kroldrup and Michele Camporese are both sidelined through injury but Delio Rossi may well be able to welcome Juan Manuel Vargas back to the side after two weeks out.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Roma have won five of their last six games at home.
  • Should Luis Enrique's men win, it will be the first time they have achieved back-to-back league victories since their first two fixtures of the year.
  • Roma have suffered only three Serie A defeats in 16 home games this season.
  • The Giallorossi have lost a total of 12 games this season, the worst record in the top-half alongside Inter and Chievo.
  • In the reverse of this fixture earlier this season, Fiorentina ran out 3-0 winners at the Artemio Franchi.
  • The Viola's last victory at Stadio Olimpico was back in February 1992 when they recorded a 3-1 win.
  • Fiorentina have only taken three points on their travels on two ocassions out of 16 games on the road this season.
  • Delio Rossi's side could drop into the relegation zone should they lose and Genoa and Lecce win. However, the Griffins travel to San Siro on Saturday whilst Serge Cosmi's side host Napoli.

Players to watch

P. Osvaldo

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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His club’s leading scorer, if Osvaldo has a good game then so will his team. He has found the back of the net four times in his last five games and helped move his side closer to third-placed arch rivals Lazio. Roma have only lost twice in the 11 games in which the former Espanyol player has scored and he will hope to stretch the back three of an unconfident Fiorentina defence.

S. Jovetić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Despite his side’s poor performances this season the Montenegrin is experiencing his most prolific spell with an impressive 13 goals so far this term. The continuation of this rich vein of form may well be one of Viola’s only chances of escaping the drop. At 22-years-old, Jovetic will be doing all he can to save his side but may well see his future elsewhere at the end of this campaign.

Editor's Prediction

Luis Enrique's side should have more than enough about them to see off a Fiorentina side who have only won away from home twice this season. Both teams have something to play for with Roma hoping to sneak a Champions League spot while Viola are fighting for the Serie A lives. The Giallorossi should be able to earn back-to-back victories for just the second time this year and use that as a base for their European push.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Fiorentina

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
ACF Fiorentina FIO
ACF Fiorentina Fiorentina
72%
19%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
3 - 0
ACF Fiorentina FIO
AS Roma ROM
2 - 0
ACF Fiorentina FIO
AS Roma ROM
2 - 1
ACF Fiorentina FIO

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