Serie A’s two form sides meet on Saturday (7.45pm GMT, live on ESPN) when Roma take on Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico.
Roma are sixth in the table and have won four of their last five matches. Fiorentina are fourth, three points better off than their hosts, and in the midst of a nine-match unbeaten run.
Roma triumphed 3-1 away to Siena last weekend, Matteo Destro adding to his goal in the win over Pescara with a double strike in Tuscany. He has proved to be an able deputy for Erik Lamela and is likely to start against Fiorentina with Lamela still struggling to overcome the ankle injury that has ruled him out since mid-November.
Destro is part of a Roma side that continues to outscore the rest of the division, having notched up 34 goals in their 15 matches to date (2.27 per match, on average). They have scored in every one of their matches, but on Saturday face one of the best defences in the division.
Fiorentina have conceded just less than a goal per match so far this season, keeping five clean sheets along the way.
The Viola have conceded the lowest number of shots on goal (8.8 per match, on average) of any team in Serie A. The possession-based approach favoured by coach Vicenzo Montella allows them to exert control over matches and cut down on chances gifted to opponents.
Uncharacteristic sloppiness has seen them concede twice in each of their last two matches, but Montella will be determined to cut out those errors for the trip to the capital.
This Preview’s Betting Tip: Both teams are in good form and despite a few injury absences we believe Fiorentina are capable of keeping things tighter than most do against Roma and securing a point to take back to Florence. So back the draw @ best odds of 51/16 with Pinnacle or 31/10 (only a shade shorter odds) with BetVictor.