AS Roma will look to continue their positive form when they travel to Stadio Artemio Franchi for playing Fiorentina in the Serie A on Friday night.
AS Roma Match Form
I Giallorossi are enjoying a better campaign this time around, after missing out on the UEFA Champions League spots by finishing 6th last season. However, Paulo Fonseca’s men are faring much better and are currently placed 4th in the league table.
The capital club picked up 32 points from 16 games so far. They are 4 points behind Lazio while Juventus and Inter Milan are a further 3 points behind. Among the chasing pack, Cagliari is on 29 points while Atalanta is a further point behind.
Therefore, Roma is in a good position this season and they have already qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League as well. Now, they will look for 3 points when they travel to Florence, especially after staging a superb comeback win against SPAL in the previous game.
Fiorentina Match Form
Coming to their opponents, ACF Fiorentina are once again struggling, after finishing 16th last season. Vincenzo Montella’s side is 13th in the table, with 17 points from 16 games. They are just 4 points clear of the drop, with Brescia currently occupying 18th place.
However, the top half of the table is within reach as well with 8th-placed Napoli just 4 points ahead. Thus, it is not all gloom for La Viola but they have to overcome their bad form and beating AS Roma could help the team spirits for sure.
The draw in the previous game against title contenders Inter Milan will provide a timely boost for Montella’s men.
In terms of team news, Roma are expected to be without Chris Smalling, Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta. Further, Javier Pastore and Justin Kluivert are doubts for the game as well.
Meanwhile, the home team have just one absentee, in the form of Franck Ribery, who is ruled out until February with an ankle injury.
Fiorentina vs AS Roma Betting Tips and H2H
Looking at head-to-head, Fiorentina has just 10 wins compared to Roma’s 25 in 45 meetings so far. However, La Viola did win the most recent game at this stadium in January by a whopping 7-1 margin.
That result was in an entirely different situation with the current form telling another story. The capital club lost just once in their last 5 league matches while Montella’s team is winless in their last 5 in the same competition.
Thus, recent form and head-to-head point to a Roma win and the Champions League hopefuls can be expected to win comfortably in the end.
AS Roma to Win @ 2.30 at Bet365
ACF Fiorentina Predicted XI
Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Lirola, Pulgar, Badelj, Castrovilli, Dalbert; Chiesa, Boateng
AS Roma Predicted XI
Lopez; Florenzi, Cetin, Fazio, Kolarov; Diawara, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pellegrini, Perotti; Dzeko