Roma vs Benevento: Preview, Team News, Probable Lineups, And Prediction
The Romans are looking to fight for a Champions League spot as they sit fifth, just a point behind fourth-placed Inter Milan.
Roma welcome bottom club Benevento at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday for Round 24 of Serie A. The match is scheduled for 07:45 pm GMT on 11 February.
Benevento have been struggling for their life on Serie A, as they sit at the bottom of Serie A with seven points from 23 matches. Di Francesco’s men defeated Hellas Verona 1-0 away from home to collect three crucial points. Cengiz Under provided a dream start to Roma with a fantastic strike in the first minute of the game.
Lorenzo Pellegrini picked up a direct red card early in the second half, as the Giallorossi went down to 10-men. Dzeko missed several chances to double the lead, but Under’s early goal turned out enough as Roma earned a comfortable victory.
Benevento lost their last league fixture against the league leaders Napoli. Insigne hit the woodwork early in the game, as the Partenopei looked threatening from the start.
Dries Mertens opened the scoring in the 20th minute with an astonishing chip over the head of Puggioni. Marek Hamsik doubled the lead right after the start of the second period with a tap-in goal. The Witches were awarded a penalty kick late in the game, but it was ruled out following a VAR review and Sarri’s men turned out to be the winner in a tightly contested game.
Roma’s 1-0 win over Verona last week was their first win in seven league games. On top of that, the capital side haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last eleven games across all competitions; winning just three of them (D4 L4). After seven home wins in a row, the Giallorossi have lost three of their last four games played at the Olimpico (D1).
Roberto De Zebri’s side are the only team in the top five European Leagues yet to earn a single point away from home this campaign.
Roma won the reverse fixture of this league tie with a 4-0 margin. Edin Dzeko made it 1-0 early in the game before Lucioni scored an own goal in the 35th minute. Dzeko tapped-in home another in the 52nd minute.
De Zerbi’s men were unfortunate, as Venuti tucked in his own post to make it 4-0 for the visitors and the Giallorossi collected three easy points.
The league meeting in September 2017 is the only time these teams have faced each other in Serie A.
Some players will miss this game for Di Francesco’s men through injuries or suspensions. Maxime Gonalons, Jonathan Silva, Daniele De Rossi, Patrik Schick are out injured and won’t feature in this match. Rick Karsdorp is still sidelined with a ligament injury.
The Italian will also be without Lorenzo Pellegrini and Radja Nainggolan who are suspended for this match. Bruno Peres is also suspended after failing a breathalyzer test.
Roberto De Zerbi will be without defender Luca Antei who is out with an Achilles tendon injury. Vid Belec and Lucioni are suspended and won’t be available for this fixture.
Roma vs Benevento Key Stats
Roma vs Benevento Lineup (Predicted XI)
Roma Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Florenzi (RB) Manolas (CB), Fazio (CB), Kolarov (LB)
Strootman (CM), De Rossi (CDM)
Perotti(RW), Under (CAM), Shaarawy (LW)
Benevento Lineup (3-5-1-1)
Djimsiti (RCB), Costa (CB), Venuti (LCB)
D’Alessandro (RM), Sandro (CM), Cataldi (CM), Guilherme (CM), Letizia (LM)
Roma vs Benevento Prediction
The Giallorossi will be keen on adding to last week’s close 1-0 victory and given they host the bottom club; they would be looking to score some goals to get their attack back on track.
The only positive thing for the Witches is that Di Francesco’s men have a huge list of absentees heading into this match. One way or another, this game can be the turning point for the Rome-based side.
Our Prediction: 3-0 to Roma