Roma - Empoli
Possible starting lineups:
Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Santon; Cristante, Pellegrini, Nzonzi; Zaniolo, Schick, El Shaarawy
Dragowski; Veseli, Silvestre, Dell’Orco; Di Lorenzo, Acquah, Krunic, Bennacer, Pasqual; Farias, Caputo
I expect a surprise at Stadio Olimpico. Roma are currently fifth, just outside the Champions League spots. They are six points behind Inter and this is a must win situation. Empoli are on the 17th place, just one point away from the drop zone. They are deeply involved into the relegation battle, though I think they are able to get positive result here. There are two reasons for my pick, both connect with Roma. First, the Giallorossi were eliminated by Porto in the Champions League. The European exit follow the painful defeat in the Derby della Capitale by city rivals Lazio. These two defeats lead coach Eusebio Di Francesco to be sacked. My second reason is again connect with Roma. New coach Claudio Ranieri has lot of important players unavailable for this match. Edin Dzeko, Federico Fazio and Aleksandar Kolarov are all out suspended, while Daniele De Rossi, Cengiz Under and Javier Pastore are sidelined due to injuries. Few more players are rated as doubtful. Considering these facts, I think Empoli could remain unbeaten.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 11.03. 20:30h