Chievo vs Roma

December 15, 2012
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Chievo seriously boosted their survival hopes with back to back wins over Genoa and Cagliari, with the hosts now continue the great run against Roma. The Giallorossi have finally started playing to their potential and the five-match winning run gives them confidence ahead of the trip to Verona.

Chievo back in business

Chievo are a team that had done well to avoid the relegation tussle over the last couple of years, but they don’t look capable of doing it all over again this term. The Flying Donkeys largely struggled at the start of the new campaign, slipping into the danger zone, although they have been showing a lot of improvement since their former player Eugenio Corini took over the reigns. Chievo did well to end their five-match winless run by beating both Genoa and Cagliari, although the Flying Donkeys were very fortunate to win those games having been completely outplayed by their opponents. The pressure is now off before the clash with Roma, but another under-par showing surely won’t be enough to stop the high-flying Giallorossi.

Dario Dainelli and Gennaro Sardo have both been passed fit, but Nicolas Frey, Kamil Vacek, Luciano and Sergio Viotti are definitely out.

Roma on the rise

Having signed the likes of Bradley, Balzaretti, Castan and Destro, among others, to add to their star-studded squad, Roma were rightly tipped to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title. In spite of some excellent showings in pre-season, Zdenek Zeman’s side just couldn’t hit the ground running in Serie A and everything suggested this would be another very disappointing season for the Giallorossi. Nevertheless, Roma managed to turn things around immediately after losing the derby game to Lazio, winning next four league fixtures, while also beating Atalanta in Coppa Italia. The great run of results saw the Giallorossi climb to fifth in the Serie A standings, but everybody at the club is aware the winning run needs to continue if the team are to realize their title ambitions.

Miralem Pjanic and Daniele De Rossi are both injury doubts, while Mattia Destro could be preferred to Pablo Osvaldo up front.


Chievo may have won their last two league games, but the standard of their performances is just not good enough to believe they can stop in-form Roma from winning at Bentegodi. The Giallorossi are finally living up to the billing and the players’ confidence is showing in every match.

Top pick: Away win    2.05 (21/20) @ BetVictor

Alternative pick 1: Roma to score two or more    1.67 (2/3) @ Ladbrokes

Alternative pick 2: Roma/Roma    3.30 (23/10) @ 188BET

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