AS Roma vs Parma Preview

by Punter's Hero on February 19, 2012

in Football, Latest News

AS Roma will host Parma at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Feb. 19th in an important Italian Serie A contest. Roma sits in seventh place in the league table with 35 points from 10 wins, five draws and eight losses. Parma is in 12th spot with seven wins, seven draws and eight losses for 28 points.

Roma lost to Siena 1-0 on Monday and manager Luis Enrique wasn’t too happy about it. He criticized the squad following the game and said they had better put on a better showing at home against Parma on Sunday or will suffer another defeat. Siena scored the winner on a penalty kick and Enrique said his team didn’t read the game very well. He said they never came to life and weren’t themselves throughout the 90 minutes.

He added that they approached the game the wrong way and should have played it differently. Enrique felt the team hasn’t been playing consistent football this season and the game in Siena was definitely below par. He said he expects his players to do better on Sunday in response to their poor showing last week.

Parma beat 15th-place Chievo 2-1 last weekend on the road and then followed it up with a 0-0 draw against second-place Juventus during the week. Parma’s manager Roberto Donadoni is pretty happy with his squad since they’ve been beaten only one in their last 10 league contests and are unbeaten in their past five. The team looks focused and aren’t making any mental mistakes during their games. Roma is tough to beat at home though as they haven’t lost there since the end of October.

Donadoni should be able to choose who he wants to start since the squad is fit other than defender Gabriel Paletta who’s out with an injury. Roma will have to play without the services of defender Simon Kjaer as he’s out with a suspension.

Roma has beaten Parma three out of their last five meetings with the other two games ending in draws. However, in the last five games overall, Roma has just one win to go along with two losses and two draws, but has won four in a row at home. Parma is on a hot streak as they’re unbeaten in their past five with two wins and three draws.

Roma will be trying to make amends for last week’s loss in Siena while Parma will be hoping to keep their hot streak going. This means we should see a close game and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it ended in a draw.

PaddyPower has the current odds of a Roma win at 4/7 with a Parma victory at 5/1 and a draw at 11/4. Click the banner on the right for some nice free bets.

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