AS Roma hosts Spezia in the Coppa Italia 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Tuesday, January 19th at Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
Roma has high ambitions in the national championship, where the Wolves occupy an intermediate 3rd place. However, it is too early for Fonseca's charges to talk about title claims, as Milan and Inter have significantly broken away from their competitors. Roma advanced to the Europa League playoffs, where it will try to reach the decisive stages of the tournament. The Romans are progressing, playing interesting football, and gradually reaching the level of the grandee of Italian football. This season, footballers whom many have long written off as “junk” show a perfect game (Mkhitaryan, Karsdorf, and Pedro). Closer to the middle of the tournament distance, Dzeko again gained good shape (already seven goals scored in the elite). Veretout, Smalling, Pellegrini, and Mancini are at a high level.
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Vincenzo Italiano's charges are concerned solely with the question of survival in the elite. For Spezia, this is a new level of competition that the team has never experienced before. The club is doing well after the first part of the season (14th place in the standings). In the national cup, the team defeated Cittadella and Bologna. The Black-and-Whites’ game is based on reliable defensive actions and counterattacks. In summer, Spezia made some interesting transfers - goalkeeper Zoet, defenders Chabot and Mattiello, midfielders Pobega, Agudelo, and Saponaro, and forwards Nzola and Farias. It was Mbala Nzola who became the main discovery of the club. The French striker has already scored nine goals in Serie A.
The teams have already crossed their paths in the framework of the national cup in 2015. Then the Romans turned out to be stronger in the penalty shootout after a boring goalless draw. Now Fonseca's charges look like a venerable and organized team with a serious staffing resource. Spezia has also become stronger, but now the visitors will be treated as representatives of the elite, and no underestimation can be expected. The hosts will seize the initiative from the first minutes of the match and will probably win with a confident goal difference.
Prediction for the match: AS Roma to win with -1.5 handicap