Thursday, December 12, 2019

Prediction: Roma vs Parma

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 25 May 2019


Verdict: Roma win to nil 

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to secure another European finish, Roma will welcome a struggling Parma side to the Stadio Olimpico for their final Serie A fixture of the season on Sunday night.


Starting with the hosts, while Roma have announced that Claudio Ranieri will be leaving his role as Head Coach after Sunday’s fixture, the former Leicester boss has enjoyed a bright end to the season. Despite only managing to pick up a point against Sassuolo last weekend, I Giallorossi are unbeaten in their last eight matches, a run that stems back to the end of March. Holding a three-point buffer over Torino and a four-goal advantage heading into their final fixture of the season, Roma will know that they have all but secured a lucrative sixth-place finish and another campaign of European football. A huge part of their success at the back end of the season has come down to their recent eye-catching performances at the Stadio Olimpico. Picking up a very impressive 2-0 win over Juventus in their final appearance on home soil, Ranieri’s men have won their last three consecutive matches in Roma and have now not conceded a goal in front of their own fans in over 300 minutes of action.

Team News

Aside from defender Kostas Manolas being forced to sit out Roma’s final match of the season, Claudio Ranieri has a full squad at his disposal.


As for the visitors, while Parma may have managed to pinch a hard-fought 1-0 win against a struggling Fiorentina last weekend, it does not cover what has been a very worrying end to the year for I Crociati. Despite remarkably finding themselves within touching distance of securing a top-half finish, Roberto D’Aversa’s side have managed to record just a single victory in any of their last 10 Serie A appearances, a run that stems back to the 10th of March. Undoubtedly it will be Parma’s form away from the Stadio Ennio Tardini that will be giving D’Aversa the biggest headache. Sunday’s visitors have failed to win any of their last eight matches on the road and have picked up just one away victory in 2019. Along with their well-publicised issues outside of Parma, the Crusaders have famously struggled on their previous matchups against Roma. Suffering a 2-0 loss when the two sides met back in December, they have also failed to win any of their last seven matches against Sunday’s hosts, losing six of those contests.

Team News

Emanuele Calaio, Gervinho, Abdou Lahat Diakhate, Nicolas Schiappacasse are all unavailable for Parma this weekend.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Roma are enjoying an eight-match unbeaten run at the end of the season.
  • More impressive, Sunday’s hosts have won each of their last three matches at the Stadio Olimpico and have recorded clean sheets in each of those victories.
  • Roma also hold the joint best-attacking record of any team on home soil this year.
  • Parma have failed to beat Roma in Serie A action since the 1996/1997 season.
  • Sunday’s visitors have also won just one of their last 10 Serie A appearances.


Given Parma’s struggles on the road, Roma should see Sunday as the perfect opportunity to end their season on a high. With Claudio Ranieri’s side winning their last three matches at the Stadio Olimpico, including their 2-0 win over Juventus earlier in the month, we’re backing I Giallorossi to come away with the victory and another clean sheet intact.

Verdict: Roma win to nil 

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Bet365


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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