Genoa hope to extend their unbeaten run to five games when they host Roma, a team that are eager to win at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and thus close the gap behind their top 3 rivals.
Following a very disappointing season, club officials decided to completely overhaul the squad in the summer and that is probably the main reason why the team have been inconsistent of late.
The Rossoblu clearly have more potential than they did last season, but new boss Luigi De Canio might need some more time to make the players start playing to their potential.
Oddly enough, Genoa have brought four points from away games at Lazio and Udinese, but they could only muster 1-1 draws at home against Parma and Palermo.
Given that the hosts are unlikely to settle for one point here, you should know home win pays 3.30 (23/10) at 188BET.
Marco Borriello and Alexander Merkel should recover in time to face Roma, but Damiano Feronetti and Marco Rossi remain long-term worries.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Frey – Samprisi, Bovo, Granqvist, Antonelli – Kucka, Seymour, Vargas – Jankovic, Borriello, Immobile.
After the heavy summer recruitment and the arrival of experience boss Zdenel Zeman, Roma were expected to mount a serious title challenge, but the Giallorossi have been pretty disappointing in the opening exchanges.
It appears the players are not yet ready to accept Zeman’s controversial training methods, as witnessed by both De Rossi and Osvaldo clashing with the Czech coach.
If we disregard the awarded away win over Cagliari, Roma have picked up just 8 points from 6 Serie A games, which is a poor return for a team supposed to be fighting for Scudetto.
The 2-0 win over Atalanta was, nonetheless, a step in the right direction, with the Giallorossi now 2.20 (6/5) with 888Sport to build on that result and win at Luigi Ferraris.
Dodo, Francesco Totti and Mattia Destro are all injury doubts, while Miralem Pjanic will have to settle for a place on the bench despite recovering from injury.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Stekelenburg – Taddei, Marquinhos, Castan, Balzaretti – De Rossi, Bradley, Florenzi – Lamela, Osvaldo, Totti.