Preview - Roma vs Chievo Verona 29 April 2018

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Match Day 35
Roma vs ChievoVerona
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
01:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: W D W W L
Average goals per match: 1.62
Average goals against per match: 0.79
Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (14)

Last five matches form: D L D D L
Average goals per match: 0.88
Average goals against per match: 1.56
Top Scorer: Roberto Inglese (9)

Two sides looking to protect their current positions clash at the Stadio Olimpico on Match Day 35 in Serie A, as Champions League chasing Roma play host to relegation threatened Chievo.

Roma could of course qualify for next season Champions League by virtue of lifting the trophy this year. Having been battered 5-2 by Liverpool in the opening leg of their semi-final at Anfield though, they may well need to hang on to their current top four status. The Wolves currently sit in third and level on points with city rivals Lazio, but Inter are just a solitary point back in fifth waiting to pounce on any slip ups.

Roma boss Eusabio Di Francesco has a fully fit squad to choose from here. He is not however really in a position to rotate the line-up ahead of the second leg against Liverpool with the race for the top four being so tight.

For Chievo it is their Serie A status they are looking to protect. Currently fifth bottom, they are only two points clear of the drop zone with four to play. Like their hosts they have a fully fit squad from which to select here.

Roma realy cant afford to take any risks here and provided they put out close to a full strength side, they should have enough to comfortably dispatch a side who have lost nine of their last ten on the road.

Prediction: Roma 3 - 0  ChievoVerona


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots: 15 - 12
Shots on target: 7 - 6
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 53% - 47%

A hugely eventful game at the Stadio Olimpico, featuring five goals a red card and a missed penalty.

Referee Giampaolo Calvarese was certainly kept busy. Perparim Hetemaj and Valter Birsa were booked for Chievo, whilst Aleksandar Kolarov and Radja Nainggolan had their names taken for Roma in addition to Juan Jesus being shown a straight red card.

Roma struck early here. Nainggolan winning possession down the left-hand side before playing an inviting low ball into the area. Patrik Schick the man on hand to slot home from around five yards.

The second came in the 40th minute and again stemmed from a cross from the left. Kolarov supplying the cross this time and Dzeko stretching out a leg to volley home from six yards.

So far so good for Roma but in the 56th minute their task looked set to get a lot harder. Juan Jesus adjudged to have hauled down Roberto Inglese in the area. A red card and a penalty kick the outcome. Alisson Becker was up to the task though, keeping out Inglese's spot kick.

In the 65th minute ten-man Roma made it three. Stephan El Sharaawy seizing the initiative and bursting into the area down the left, finishing expertly across the keeper into the bottom corner.

In the 67th minute the home side put the result beyond any doubt. Dzeko receiving the ball from the influential Nainggolan around 25 yards from goal before cutting back onto his left foot and curling a lovely effort into the bottom left corner.

There was a late consolation for the visitors. Inglese getting his head to a Valter Birsa corner from the right in the 88th minute but it was much too little, much too late.

An important win for Roma in their bid to make the Champions League again. They move above Lazio and into third, and are crucially four points ahead of fifth placed Inter who lost a thriller to Juventus at the San Siro this evening.

Chievo wouldn't have expected to get anything here and remain fourth bottom. Should SPAL win at Hellas Verona tomorrow though Chievo will find themselves joining their city rivals in the bottom three.

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