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Rickety Roma must railroad ambitious Genoa to reduce Lazio gap

Roma struck three past Sassuolo last time out

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The Giallorossi host the Griffin in a crunch clash with both clubs aiming to secure European places

Both Roma and Genoa go into their Sunday showdown with much at stake. The hosting Giallorossi must win to keep pace with Italian capital rivals Lazio, while the Griffin are jostling Fiorentina and fellow Genoese club Sampdoria for a Europa League spot.

Eternal City outfit Roma (priced by BoyleSports at odds-on 6/10 to win) must take the spoils if they are to turnaround a recent poor run of just two triumphs in their last 10 outings across all competitions.

Despite a strong start to the season, the capital club’s form has been especially lacklustre this calendar year, so Genoa (a best market 6/1 with Coral for victory) have perhaps their best chance to spring a surprise.

The Griffin have defeated the Giallorossi just three times in their previous nine tussles, but can take inspiration from their statistically superior attacking prowess as they head to the Eternal City.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s guys have grabbed three more goals than Roma, and sank giants AC Milan last time out, so are 3/1 from SkyBet to at least split the spoils.

The hosts did manage to hit three past minnows Sassuolo in their previous duel, their largest winning margin since November, so odds of 5/6 with 888sport are the best available for both teams to score.

Genoa have relied heavily on goals from midfield this campaign, with wily wingmen Iago Falque (14/5 in the anytime market with Betfair) and Diego Perotti contributing 14 league strikes between them, though the latter’s injury has made space for French forward M’Baye Niang to return to the fold.

Milan-owned Niang helped down his parent club and is 9/1 with William Hill to net the opener in the Eternal City, while Roma old boy Marco Boriello made the bench and is available with Betfair at a best price of 13/5 to trouble his former team anytime.

As for Roma, they will have to find a way past ex-Giallorossi rearguard enforcer Nicolas Burdisso if they are to claim a crucial scalp.

Winter window striker signing Seydou Doumbia broke his goal drought at Sassuolo and is 4/1 with William Hill to get the scoring underway again, while playmaker Miralem Pjanic and talisman Franceso Totti are 6/1 and 11/10 with the same bookie to net last and anytime respectively.

Betting tip: Iago Flaque @ 14/5 with Betfair to score anytime

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