Fiorentina v Roma – Sunday 7:45pm, BT Sport 2
Both these sides were sent on their travels in the Europa League on Thursday, Fiorentina to Greece and Roma to the Czech Republic, where they both drew, so neither can use it as an excuse for this one. Thanks to a last minute penalty from the evergreen Francesco Totti, Roma remain unbeaten in the league on seven points, while Fiorentina stay on three following their clash with Genoa being abandoned due to heavy rain.
Roma were the highest scorers in Serie A last term as they netted 83 times and they’ve started this season in a similar vein, already scoring nine times. However, they’ve conceded twice in each of their last two games as they continue to struggle at the back, keeping just five clean sheets in the 22 games Luciano Spalletti’s been in charge for. It hasn’t stopped them picking up points though as they’ve gone W16-D5-L1 in this time and six of their seven away victories came despite conceding.
Fiorentina only lost three times at the Stadio Artemio Franchi last term but one of those was against Roma, whom they’ve not beaten in their last eight encounters, losing seven of these. In fact, they’ve struggled when the top-six sides have come to town recently, as a W3-D5-L7 record in the last three seasons illustrates. With this in mind Roma look a tempting price to winat 2.6, but given their tendency to concede we’ll have a punt on Roma to win and both teams to score.