Brescia endured a second-half capitulation in Turin last time out, and it is Roma who put an end to a three-game losing streak with a narrow win versus Parma that they face here.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Saturday July 11th
Venue: Stadio Mario Rigamonti
Brescia managed to throw away all three points in the second half of their game with Torino last Wednesday despite, Ernesto Torregrossa scoring early on to put Le Rondinelle in front.
With a paltry return of 21 points from 31 matches, they continue to run the risk of relegation, a season after they earned their promotion from Serie B.
They remain optimistic of beating the drop though, with SPAL, Lecce and Parma all in the bottom half of the standings still to come for them as the pressure build.
Roma on their part, battled back from a goal down to beat Parma 2-1, thanks to strikes from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jordan Veretout at the Stadio Olimpico, the former who will miss out here due to suspension.
With the likes of Napoli (who they are locked on 51 points with) and AC Milan breathing down their neck, Paulo Fonseca’s side will be wary, as further dropped points could mean relinquishing their Europa League spot.
Thankfully, their away form this season had been relatively strong, losing just five of their 15 Serie A matches on their travels while picking up seven wins in the process.
Jhon Chancellor, Andrea Cistana, Dimitri Bisoli and Mario Balotelli are all confirmed unavailable for this game, the latter embroiled in a dispute with the club.
Mkhitaryan and Bryan Cristante will miss out on suspension here.
Chris Smalling is dogged with a thigh injury while a muscular problem means that Davide Santon is still a doubt for this one.
Head to Head
In 21 competitive meetings between the two sides, Roma have nine wins to Brescia’s five and seven draws recorded between them.
Brescia last five competitive games: DDLWL
Roma last five competitive games: WLLLW
Brescia have struggled for positive results at home this season, picking up just ten points from their 15 games, which is the second-worst record in Serie A behind basement
side SPAL. Thus, it is likely their home woes will continue here against a Roma side who have dropped one too many points in the bid for European competition qualification.
We find it difficult predicting anything short of a victory for Roma here, which should be the play here considering Brescia’s struggles and their opposition’s bid to qualify for Europa. It is prized 9/20 here, and is our first pick for punters for this game.
Edin Dzeko will look to inspire the visitors in the absence of Mkhitaryan who has by far being Roma’s best player since the resumption, and he is our man on the goalscorer market. He is 10/11 to score anytime here.