Roma will look to make it four consecutive Serie A wins on Sunday, when they host title-challenging(ish) Inter at the Stadio Olimpico.
With Champions League qualification all but out of reach, Roma’s attention has turned to securing a Europa League spot. I Giallorossi are four points clear in fifth, and there is little room for mistake in the final stretch of the season, with just five games to play.
Inter sit six points off the lead as they continue their chase for a first league title in a decade. Avoiding defeat in Rome would assure Antonio Conte’s men of Champions League football next season, but the title is still just about in sight ahead of a big few weeks for the Nerazzurri.
When Is Kick Off? Sunday 19 July
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:45 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Stadio Olimpico, Rome
TV Channel/Live Stream? Premier Sports 1 (UK), fuboTV (US)
Roma are without a number of defensive players for Sunday’s clash, with their options at the back limited. Juan Jesus, Davide Santon, Federico Fazio and Antonio Mirante are all ruled out through injuries, while it is unknown whether Chris Smalling will be ready after his abductor muscle tear.
Stefano Sensi could return for Inter, but the game may come too soon for the midfielder. Elsewhere, the visitors are still without Romelu Lukaku, Nicolò Barella and Matías Vecino, who are all sidelined through injury.
Roma: López; Mancini, Ibañez, Kolarov; Peres, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Džeko, Mkhitaryan.
Inter: Handanović; Škriniar, De Vrij, Godín; Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozović, Young; Eriksen; Martínez, Sánchez.
After falling to three straight defeats after the restart, Roma have turned their fortunes around with a hat-trick of wins. The Giallorossi have beaten Parma, Brescia and Verona to keep their European hopes alive, with Jordan Veretout and Edin Džeko scoring against the latter to earn a 2-1 win on Wednesday.
Roma are a massive 12 points off the top four, and would need to win all five remaining games while hoping city rivals Lazio drop all of their remaining points. It means that the priority is now qualifying for next season’s Europa League, as they currently sit four points clear of a group stage berth.
Inter saw out a comfortable 4-0 win over bottom side SPAL on Thursday, with goals from Antonio Candreva, Cristiano Biraghi, Alexis Sánchez and Roberto Gagliardini earning the three points. Conte’s men have lost just one of their last eight games, winning back to back games for the second time since the restart.
The Nerazzurri are still fighting for the Serie A title, though they need to close a six-point gap to Juventus. They sit in second with five games to play, needing to continue their winning streak while praying that the league leaders continue to drop points.
Both sides need the win to reach their respective aims. That’s it. Roma can take a step closer to securing certain European football next season, while a defeat for Inter could put a first Scudetto in 10 years miles out of reach.
Both teams are in decent form and, while Roma will have the home advantage, Inter look like they will have that extra edge.
Prediction: Roma 1-2 Inter
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