Competition: Serie A
Market: Roma win
Odds: 6/5 @ 888sport
Simply hoping to carry on from where they left off earlier in the summer, Roma will make the trip to the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Saturday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Verona might have shocked many with their start to the 2019/2020 campaign, I Gialloblu drastically struggled to find their feet after returning from the enforced break. Signing off their pre-season preparations with a 1-0 defeat against Serie B outfit Cremonese on home soil last weekend, Ivan Jurić’s men also ended last year’s extended season with a dreadful display in a 3-0 drumming away at Genoa. Failing to mount any real kind of European charge, Verona managed to win just one of their final nine top-flight appearances, a run highlighted by a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Lazio. In for what should be an overwhelming test when they make a return to action on Saturday night, it should also be noted that the last time they hosted Roma they were on the wrong end of a 3-1 loss.
As for the visitors, while Verona might have continued to show a string of issues earlier in the summer, Roma really signed off their year with a flurry and gained a string of admirers. Although eventual Europa League winners Sevilla might have ended their adventure out in Germany last month, Paulo Fonseca’s men were last seen on Serie A duties landing a stunning 3-1 win away at Juventus on the final weekend of fixtures. Only continuing to show a new-found clinical edge in the final third after returning from the enforced break, the former Braga boss saw his side enjoy a four-match winning run at the end of the year, bagging a remarkable 14 strikes. Collecting 22 points over their final eight appearances and also winning each of their last four straight meetings against Verona, we’re backing a similar outcome this weekend.
Bet: Roma 6/5 to beat Verona in Saturday’s Serie A showdown @ 888sport
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