Preview: Giallorossi take on Europa League hopefuls Parma at home in a replay match
The clash between Roma and the Crociati was scheduled to take place exactly two months ago on 2 February, only to see Mother Nature have other plans and as a result, was suspended due to a downpour. As is the case in football, both sides will play out the remainder of the game rather than restarting at the full 90, but their objectives could not be any more different.
For Rudi Garcia's men, they will be looking to keep out of range of a hungry Napoli side and ensure they keep their lock on second place and automatic Champions League qualification. Meanwhile, for Roberto Donadoni, his team, are hoping to get back on track after their impressive 17-game winning streak snapped by Juventus. Interesingly, the Bianconeri have halted their winning runs twice this season: first ending a 7-match one in the first half of the season followed by the result on 26 March.
Preview: Rudi Garcia's men look to widen the gap between them and third-placed Napoli
14 points currently separate league leaders Juventus from Roma, although the Giallorossi still hold a game in hand. However, coach Rudi Garcia has already admitted that his side are out of the title race and that Champions League football is their ultimate goal.
"Second place is not locked up yet, so we have to keep focused. Right now we have 64 points and I would like that to improve to 67 [after the Torino match]. But I think our sole realistic goal should be to retain that second-placed spot come end of this season."
Preview: Roma set to welcome Francesco Totti back to the squad
The talismanic captain is set to feature during Monday’s encounter after missing out for over a month due to an injury he suffered in the Rome derby against Lazio back on the 9th of February.
The Italian’s timely return will be a major boost to Roma and Rudi Garcia has claimed that his captain’s return will allow the team to be more dangerous in the attacking third.
Preview: Giallorossi and Partenopei look to close gap on runaway leaders Juventus
Last time these two sides met, it was billed as a clash between two high-flying sides in which Roma was enjoying their best Serie A start to date. Fresh off trouncing Inter 3-0, the Giallorossi, inspired by talismanic captain Francesco Totti were on top of Serie A after winning their first seven matches.
They were to make it eight after powering past the Partenopei thanks to a Miralem Pjanic double but it was also in that game that Totti suffered an injury, thus nullifying his side's creative threat. As a result, Roma ground out tough 1-0 victories over Udinese and a determined and defensively minded Chievo before being held to four consecutive draws--the most surprising being with Serie A debutants Sassuolo.
Preview: Sabella looking to finalize squad for World Cup
Wednesday’s fixture will allow coach Alejandro Sabella to take a final look at all his players before he decides as to who will make the trip to Brazil for the mega event. One player who is expected to not make the squad is Juventus forward Carlos Tevez.
The former Man City striker last featured for La Albiceleste in the 2011 Copa America quarterfinal and has been overlooked for the national team since the arrival of Sabella in August 2011.
Preview: Roma poised to continue fine run against Internazionale
Inter Milan have recorded just a single win against the capital club in the last nine meeting between the two clubs with the last three matches ending in a victory for La Maggica. Owing to their current form the hosts will definitely be considered the favourite for the tie.
Rudi Garcia’s men second in Serie A, trail leaders Juventus by nine points and talismanic midfielder Daniele De Rossi among others is optimistic that the Old Lady will drop points in their coming fixtures.
Preview: Napoli's good home form could be the difference
Napoli took on Roma just a week ago in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals, and came away with a disappointing defeat. Two first half goals from Gervinho and Strootman had Roma looking comfortable heading into the break, but things quickly changed.
An own goal from De Sanctis in the 47th minute, was following by an equalizing goal from Mertens. Napoli looked destined to take a positive 2-2 draw back home with them, but an 88th minute strike from Gervinho gave Roma the victory.
Now the Giallorossi will have to dig in and perform for 90 minutes, in order to book their place in the final against Fiorentina.
Preview: Lazio confident of putting an end to Roma’s win streak
Rudi Garcia’s men have enjoyed an incredible start to the season and currently occupy the second position in the Serie A trailing leaders Juventus by nine points with a game in hand.
The Lupi are on an incredible run having won all of their last five matches and will be looking to record their sixth consecutive win as they hope to keep their Scudetto hopes alive.
Preview: Roma hoping to stretch win streak
La Maggica have won all of their last five matches in all competitions and will be hoping to keep their good form going when they face third placed Napoli in a Coppa Italia clash. Garcia’s men booked a place in the last four of the competition with a 1-0 victory over league leaders Juventus, who only over two weeks prior to the match had thrashed Roma 3-0 in a league encounter.
Their loss against Juventus was their only defeat this season in all competitions and under Rudi Garcia the Giallorossi have surely outperformed and will be looking to make the most out of their good form by booking a place in the final of the Coppa Italia for the second successive season.
Preview: A mouthwatering match, worthy of a final
When you think of AS Roma taking on Juventus in the Coppa Italia, you would more than likely think it was a final. But unfortunately, one of these two sides will go out of the competition on Tuesday night at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Rudi Garcia's side got through to the quaterfinals after they defeated Sampdoria just a week ago. An early goal from Torosidis was enough to see Roma through to the next round, where they will face a Juventus side that handed them their only defeat in Serie A this season.
Juventus had an easier path into the next round, as they brushed aside Avelino in the Round of 16. Three first half goals from Giovinco, Caceres and Quagliarella were enough to see off the the Serie B outfit.
Preview: Roma looking to respond after humiliation in Turin
The Giallorossi had their perfect start to the season ruined by a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Juventus on Sunday and will now be looking to keep the defeat behind them with a strong performance against Sampdoria.
Luckily for Rudi Garcia both Daniele De Rossi and Leandro Castan who earned their marching orders in the match against Juventus will be available for selection for the cup tie, but will serve their suspensions in the weekend Serie A match against Genoa.
Juventus stronger than ever
Who so ever thought that Roma would be matching Juve blow for blow in the race for this season’s Scudetto will definitely have to reassess their stance after the events that transpired last night at the Juventus Stadium. When the biggest Scudetto challenge ends up with a 3-0 win for Juventus, it simply means that at present, there is not team in the country that can overcome Antonio Conte’s side that has been assembled to dominate Italian football for a few more years at least.
In the game against Roma, the Old Lady got her tactics right, was smarter and every member of the starting XI was aware of their responsibilities.
Preview: Giallorossi to show what they are made of
AS Roma begin the second half of their campaign with an unbeaten record. They are about to face their biggest test so far in the form of Juventus. The latter could open an eight-point gap at the top of the standings so the pressure is on the Giallorossi to claim a rare victory in Turin and remain in the race for the Scudetto.
“Juve are the team to beat in Italy and they are practically unbeatable because that's the way the system works in Italy,” AS Roma goalkeeper De Sanctis explained.
Preview: AS Roma tries to stay in pursuit of Juve, while AC Milan seeks their fifth victory
We are already 15 matches into the Serie A campaign, and AC Milan only has four victories to their name. It is not often that the Rossoneri struggle this bad, but things do not look to get much easier with AS Roma coming to town.
On the day that Allegri's side found out they will take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Knockout Stage, they will have to focus on Totti & co., who have yet to lose in the current domestic campaign.
On Monday, AS Roma take on Serie A strugglers AC Milan in a league encounter which the capital club would be looking to use as a further proof of their Scudetto credentials, something that the club’s fans have not witnessed in a long time.
After four draws on a trot which followed an incredible start to the season which saw Roma win all of their opening ten matches in the league, the Lupi once again returned to winning ways thanks to a 2-1 win over Fiorentina last week. The win was very important for Rudi Garcia’s side as they got their title chase back on track.
Preview: Fiorentina hoping to take advantage of Roma’s dip in form
After winning ten straight matches in La Liga, Roma’s season was dealt with a twist with La Maggica drawing all of their four subsequent matches. Their antics have allowed Juventus to leapfrog them for the first place and if Roma lose out to their counterparts on Sunday they will be six points adrift of the top of the table.
Roma have uncharacteristically failed to pick up all three points against much weaker opponents, whom they were expected to do very well against. Despite not having managed a victory in the last four matches they have played, Roma are still undefeated this season a feat they share with German giants Bayern Munich.
Preview: Roma looking to return to winning ways
After starting the season in impeccable fashion which saw them winning all of their opening ten matches Roma have dropped points in consecutive games drawing against bottom table teams Sassuolo and Torino which has narrowed the gap between them and second placed Juventus. Roma will now be looking to make amends against a Cagliari side which has lost thrice in the last five matches.
Despite of their performances in the last two fixtures La Maggica are the only side unbeaten in Italy’s top tier league and will be hoping to maintain their record when they face the Rossoblu.
Roma fans are likely to take manager Rudi Garcia’s recent comments on his side’s title aspirations with a pinch of salt. The Frenchman has stated that his side is not as good as Juventus and that it would be an achievement for Roma to finish in the top five.
Preview: Greece 90 minutes away from World Cup berth
The 2004 European champions scored a comfortable 3-1 victory over their counterparts and a disciplined defensive performance on Tuesday will ensure their place in the last 32 of the World Cup to be held in Brazil next year.
Konstantinos Mitroglou struck a brace, with goal apiece in each half and Dimitris Salpingidis’ effort in the 20th minute rounded off a fine attacking display from Fernando Santos’ side. However Bogdan Stancu’s goal in the 19th minute gave Romania a vital away goal which could prove to be decisive in the end.
But Greece’s Portuguese coach Fernando Santos has insisted that his team will take nothing for granted despite their 3-1 lead, with much football left to be played in the second leg.
Preview: Romania to make Athens trip without star defender
Spurs star Vlad Chiriches has been ruled out of Romania’s two legged affair against Greece, after suffering a facial injury during Tottenham’s 1-0 loss against Newcastle in the Premier League. Tottenham’s Portuguese manager confirmed of the 23 year olds misfortune and when inquired about the Romanian international’s injury he responded: "I think he broke his nose."
The injury will be a huge blow to Romania’s chances of making it through who had been relying on the services of their star defender. Chiriches has gradually established himself as one of the most important members of the first team and his absence will surely be felt as Romania aim for a World Cup berth for the first time in 16 years.
While the loss of star defender Kyriakos Papadopulos is a big blow, Fernando Santos’ side is brimming with confidence and have abundant talent in their ranks in order to finally settle the score with the Romanians who have defeated them in their last two meetings.
33-year-old striker, Theofanis Gekas has been recalled for the first leg of the playoffs and the veteran striker’s addition will add much experience to a side that will be looking to break the Romanian resistance before making preparations for a siege.