Going well on their other two fronts, Rome opens this Wednesday, December 20, their participation in the Italian Cup. In the Olympic stadium will receive the Torino. The game is part of the schedule of the octaves of the end of the tournament that, at this stage, has definition in single game.
In this way, only the winner can survive. Draw causes the achievement of 30 minutes extra time. In case the equality persists, the decision will be made through penalties.
The recent performance of Roma
Runners-up in the Italian league’s previous season, the Romans are in contention for the 2017/2018 Serie A title, which has everything to be one of the most disputed of all time with five teams fighting for the trophy that was in the hands of Juventus in the last six years.
On Saturday, December 16, in a game packed with controversy and with two important interventions by the video referee, Roma managed to defeat, 1-0 at home, Cagliari. He went up to 38 points (12 wins, two draws and two losses). It is in fourth place four points away from Napoli, leader.
However, the team of the Italian capital has one more game to be accomplished than the teams that are in the top three. If she can win this match, she would jump to the vice-leader, beating the Neapolitans and beating Juventus (41 points) and Internazionale (40), who are now ahead of them.
Their second front of battle is the Champions League of Europe. In a strong group with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, the Romans not only managed to qualify for the round of 16 as they did so by reaching the first place of the key. Now, they will face the Shaktar Donetsk of Ukraine.
In this scenario, the Italian Cup loses a little importance. This could cause coach Eusebio di Francesco to promote his squad’s relay in Wednesday’s match. Also because next Saturday, December 23, the team has scheduled a major clash against Juventus in Turin, closing their participation in the first round of the Italian Championship.
Di Francesco has virtually all of his cast on hand to put this strategy into action. They are undergoing injury treatment and still rely on new tests to see if defender Rick Kardorp (a 2017/2018 Italian League game without a goal) and striker Gregoire Defrel (eight games, no goal) can play.
The current form of Torino
After qualifying for eight games without defeat (four wins and four draws), Torino saw the series interrupted on Saturday, December 16, when they took Napoli 3-1 at home.
The defeat for the leader of the Italian Championship can not be considered a surprise. She kept the Turin team in the middle of the Serie A table with 23 points (five wins, eight draws and four losses) occupying the tenth position. Leader in the tournament, Torino can still dream of qualifying for European tournaments.
In the Italian Cup, the team has already played two stages. It made its debut in the third phase applying a thrashing of 7 to 1 in the tiny Trapani, in Turin. Then, also at home, made Carpi his victim scoring 2 to 0.
To face Roma, coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has three medical doubts. Defenders Cristian Ansaldi (eight Italian Serie A 2017/2018 games, no goal) and Kevin Bonifazi (without performances) are in the ward; and striker Sadiq Umar (three games, no goal).
History of the matches Rome vs Torino
In the 2016/2017 season of the Italian League, Torino managed to break up a series of 12 games without beating Roma by scoring 3-1 in Turin. However, in the next two games, Roma did better and won. In the first round of the current season of the Italian Championship made 1 to 0 in the house of the rival.
Although the game against Juventus is the main commitment of the week of Roma, coach Eusebio Di Francesco should put on the field a team, if not entirely holder, much closer to team A than the reserve squad. After all, Torino is a good opponent.
Thus, home owners are the best guessing option for confrontation. They have a price of 1.52 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 4.40 and successful visitor yields 5.70 per invested real.