Roma faces Genoa at the Olimpico Stadium on 8/26/19 as the Italian Serie A’s 2019-20 season begins.

“Soccer" Roma

A.S. Roma was founded in 1927 and the squad has played all of its years except 1951/52 in the top tier of Italian Football. La Magica has won the Serie A title three times. They have also won the Coppa Italia nine times and the Supercoppa Italiana twice. When it comes to European competition, A.S. Roma has won the Inter-cities Fairs Cup once and were runners-up in the European Cup once and UEFA Cup once. They finished 6th in the last Serie A season, finishing with 66 points on 18 wins, 12 draws and 8 losses. With their placement, they earned qualification for the Europa League group stage.

These are the players for A.S. Roma as of August 7, 2019:

4 MF Bryan Cristante, 5 DF Juan Jesus, 7 MF Lorenzo Pellegrini, 8 FW Diego Perotti, 9 FW Edin Dzeko (vice-captain), 11 DF Aleksandar Kolarov, 13 GK Pau Lopez, 14 FW Patrik Schick, 17 FW Cengiz Under, 18 DF Davide Santon, 20 DF Federico Fazio, 21 MF Maxime Gonalons, 22 MF Nicolo Zaniolo, 23 DF Gianluca Mancini (on loan from Atalanta), 24 DF Alessandro Florenzi (captain), 27 MF Javier Pastore, 34 FW Justin Kluivert, 37 DF Leonardo Spinazzola, 42 MF Steven Nzonzi, 44 MF Amadou Diawara, 48 FW Mirko Antonucci, 53 MF Aleccio Riccardi, 63 GK Daniel Fuzato, 83 GK Antonio Mirante, 92 Gregoire Defrel, MF Jordan Veretout.

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Odds from as of 8/12/19

“Soccer" Genoa C.F.C.

The Genoa C.F.C is the fourth oldest football club in Italy after Torino F.C.C., Nobili Torino and Internazionale Torino and the oldest active Italian football team. Founded in 1893, the Rossoblu have won a total of nine Italian titles in their history but none after 1923/24. They have also won one Coppa Italia to make them the 4th winningest Italian Football team in history. Since World War II, they have spent their time moving up and Down Serie A and Serie B and they even had two short spells in Serie A. They finished the 2018-19 Serie A season in 17th place with 38 points coming from 8 wins, 14 draws and 16 losses, barely missing relegation to Serie B.

Here is the list of players for Genoa C.F.C. as of August 10, 2019:

2 DF Christian Zapanta, 3 DF Antonio Barreca (on loan from Monaco), 4 Domenico Criscito (captain), 5 MF Romulo, 6 MF Kevin Agudelo, 8 Lukas Lerager, 9 FW Antonio Sanabria (on loan from Real Betis), 10 FW Sinan Gumus, 11 FW Christian Kouame, 13 DF Jawad El Yamiq, 14 DF Davide Biraschi (vice-captain), 15 MF MF Filip Jagiello, 17 DF Cristian Romero (on loan from Juventus), 18 DF Paolo Ghiglione, 19 FW Goran Pandev, 20 MF Lasse Schone, 21 MF Ivan Radovanovic, 25 GK Rok Vodisek, 26 MF Andras Schafer, 27 MF Stefano Sturaro ( 3rd captain), 29 MF Francisco Cassata (on loan from Sassuolo), 30 MF Mattia Zennaro, 32 FW Andrea Favilli, 88 MF Oscar Hiljemark, 91 MF Riccardo Saponara (on loan from Fiorentina), 93 GK Jandrei, 97 GK Andrei Radu (on loan from Inter), 98 DF Nicholas Rizzo, 99 FW Andrea Pinamonti (on loan from Inter)

“Soccer" Who Wins?

Roma is the soccer betting favorite here as they have gone 5-4-1 SU in their last 10 games played. They are also 4-1-1 SU in their last six games played at Olimpico Stadium. Genoa is 0-5-5 SU in their last 10 games played. The Red and Blues are 0-3-3 SU in their last six games played on the road. Head to head, A.S. Roma is 8-2-0 SU in their last 10 meetings.

Roma is coming off a tumultuous season. The ultras boycotted games, A.S. Roma fired their head coach, players became hated by the city and the team got off the Champions League competition with controversy. Not to mention that Francesco Totti left after his frustration with the ownership group. All the drama is done with but after it, A.S. Roma may be due for a regression.

They were once the second-best team in Italy but after losing Mohamed Salah in 2017, Alisson in 2018 and now Stephen El Shaarawy this summer, the quality of the squad has dipped. The arrival of Diawara gives hope in the midfield but their backfield is a big question mark. They signed a better goalkeeper but I’m not sure if that will be enough to make up for their defensive shortcomings.

Roma though has displayed good form in preseason although it has come mostly against inferior opposition. Three wins over opponents from lower leagues were followed by a victory over Lille plus a draw over Atletico Bilbao. Because of that, we can’t gauge for sure how good Roma will be. But against Genoa, they should have more than enough to pull off the victory at home. I’m picking A.S. Roma to defeat Genoa on 8/26/19. Prediction: A.S. Roma

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