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Is there hope left for Claudio Ranieri's side?

Kick-Off: May 1, 2010, 18:00 CET.
Ennio Tardini Stadium, Parma.

Holidays Round The Corner

Parma's season is virtually over and one suspects that the Ducali players cannot wait for their holidays to come soon. At the moment they are 10th in Serie A with 46 points from 35 matches and are pretty much stationed in mid-table.

Parma's 2009-2010 campaign has been quite a successful one as they do not have to suffer from worries of relegation. Indeed, at one stage the Ducali had looked good for a European spot but Parma will take a top-half finish with glee.

Last weekend Parma lost to relegation battling Bologna away from home but on Saturday afternoon they play at home against Roma and will be looking to earn a point at least.

Scudetto Hopes Still Alive?

Last weekend Roma's Scudetto hopes suffered a huge dent as the Giallorossi went down 2-1 to Champions League spot-chasing Sampdoria at home. It was the Roman side's only third defeat at the Stadio Olimpico in the league but one that left them two points behind league leaders Inter.

At the moment Roma are second in Serie A with 71 points from 35 matches and some would say that their title dreams have been crushed. Indeed, with three more rounds of matches remaining in the Italian top flight this season, it will be tough for the former Italian champions to bounce back from last weekend's defeat, which came even after Roma had taken the lead against the Genoese side and had looked imperious in the first half.

However, Roma will be looking to gain maximum points away from home against Parma on Saturday evening to temporarily go on top of the table and put some pressure on Inter, who play Lazio on Sunday night.




FORM GUIDE

Parma

April 25 v Bologna (A) - LOST 2-1 (Serie A)

April 18 v Genoa (H) - LOST 3-2 (Serie A)

April 11 v Napoli (A) - WON 3-2 (Serie A)

April 3 v Fiorentina (H) - DREW 1-1 (Serie A)

March 28 v Chievo (A) - DREW 0-0 (Serie A)

Roma

April 25 v Sampdoria (H) - LOST 2-1 (Serie A)

April 21 v Udinese (A) - LOST 1-0 (Coppa Italia)

April 18 v Lazio (A) - WON 2-1 (Serie A)

April 11 v Atalanta (H) - WON 2-1 (Serie A)

April 3 v Bari (A) - WON 1-0 (Serie A)


TEAM NEWS

Parma

Paloschi, Zenoni and Morrone are out, Dzemaili, Mirante and Lunardini are struggling with injuries and Paci and Zaccardo are suspended.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Mirante, Dellafiore, Lucarelli, Gigli, Castellini; Valiani, Galloppa, Antonelli; Biabiany, Crespo, Lanzafame

Roma

Doni is unavailable and Vucinic, Cassetti and Riise are struggling with injuries.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Julio Sergio, Cassetti, Juan, Burdisso, Riise; Pizarro, De Rossi; Menez, Perrotta, Vucinic; Totti


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Hernan Crespo (Parma)

The veteran striker has started to step up his game for Parma and he will be a handful for the Roma defence who looked disjointed against Sampdoria in the second half last weekend. Crespo is likely to start the match on Saturday evening and he will be looking to sneak in a goal or two.

Mirko Vucinic (Roma)

The Montenegrin international striker had a jolly good time against Sampdoria last weekend when he gave the defenders a hard time, especially in the first half. However, Vucinic squandered away two very good chances and he will be looking to make amends on Saturday evening against Parma. Vucinic has been an important player for Roma, linking the midfield with the attack, and he will again be a crucial player this weekend.


PREDICTION

It will be interesting to see how Roma recover from last weekend's demoralising home defeat to Sampdoria but one suspects that they should bag all three points against Parma. It will not be easy though and indeed the visitors shouldn't concede early.

Parma 0-2 Roma



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