Match Day 19
Parma vs. Roma
Monday, December 31st 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Ennio Tardini
Last five matches form: L D L D W
Average goals per match: 0.94
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Gervinho & Roberto Inglese (5)
Last five matches form: D D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.78
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Stephan El Shaarawy (5)
We have a big game at the Stadio Ennio Tardini as 12th placed Parma play host to seventh placed Roma. There may be five places between the sides, but such is the congestion in midtable in Serie A at present that there are only two points between the sides and a win for the home side would see them overtake Roma.
This will be the first meeting between the sides since Parma's last spell in Serie A back in the 2014/15 season. Roma hold a big edge historically with 28 wins to just six for Parma.
Alberto Grassi misses out for Parma through injury for whom Emanuele Calaiò is also suspended. Daniele De Rossi looks like being the sole absentee for Roma.
Parma have been performing with credit at home this season, losing just twice, to top four sides Lazio and Juventus. Their three wins have come against Cagliari, Empoli and Sassuolo.
Roma are closing in on the top four positions now where their fans are used to seeing them, and were pretty impressive when beating Sassuolo at home in midweek. They haven't been quite so good on their travels though, winning just twice away from home this season, and none of their past five.
Roma only went down narrowly to Juventus in their most recent away fixture, face an easier assignment here and appear to be running into some decent form at present. We fancy them to nick the points.
Prediction: Parma 1 - 2 Roma
Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 3 - 18
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 7
Possession: 39% - 61%
Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee Gianluca Mangeniello taking the names of Antonino Barilla of Parma and Aleksandar Kolarov of Roma.
Parma have performed with great credit so far on their return to Serie A and have only very occasionally found themselves to be overwhelmed. That was very much the case here though as they ran into Roma on a going day and simply had no answers. Dominating possession and well ahead on the shot count, the Wolves undoubtedly deserved the three points on the day.
Roma did dominate the first half and were piling in the crosses and efforts on goal - although mainly from outside the area. The best chance of the opening period however fell to Luca Siligardi of the home side who forced an excellent one-handed stop from Robin Olsen when played in down the middle. 0-0 at the break.
The opener came in the 58th minute. A corner from the right-hand side being met at the near post by Bryan Cristante who flicked a header across goal and into the bottom left.
One became two in the 75th minute. Attacking down the left-hand side, Roma switched the ball towards the right-hand side, with the ball eventually making its way to Cengiz Ünder in space in the right-hand side of the area, Ünder making no mistake to finish into the bottom left from around twelve yards. 0-2 final score.
It's taken a while, but Roma do now at least now seem to be finding some semblance of consistency. This solid win on the road takes them up to sixth and only two points off their big rivals Lazio who currently sit in fourth. Param remain comfortable in mid-table in eleventh spot.