Zdenek Zeman led Pescara to Serie A promotion in swashbuckling style last season but will be in the away dugout when he takes his Roma side to the Stadio Adriatico on Sunday (2pm GMT).
Giovanni Stroppa was the man handed the unenviable task of succeeding Zeman, and his job was made that much harder by the departure of a number of key players from the promotion campaign. Forwards Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne returned to their parent clubs, while deep-lying playmaker Marco Verratti moved to Paris Saint-Germain.
Pescara began life back in Serie A with three consecutive defeats, but at least picked up a little thereafter, recording three wins and two draws alongside a further five defeats. They are currently in the relegation zone but have shown a willingness to attack, especially in wide areas, which has carried over from Zeman’s time in charge.
Zeman is, of course, a staunch proponent of aggressive attacking play and it is no surprise to see that his Roma team lead Serie A in goals scored, with 30 in their 13 matches to date. His forward three have a good mix of power, pace and invention, while midfield runners and marauding full-backs complete the offensive picture.
Roma’s defending has left a lot to be desired, but Zeman’s men have still managed to pick up sufficient points to find themselves sixth in the table at this stage of the season.
This Preview’s Betting Tip: Both of these sides like to use the flanks a lot in their attacks, which leads to both winning a high number of corners. Roma average 6.17 per match, while Pescara have averaged 4.77 over the entire season, but tend to be more progressive at home, averaging 6.42 per match.
- With this in mind, we suggest backing over 11 corners @ 11/10 with Bet365.