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Roma vs Torino - Match Preview

08 Mar 2018 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

AS Roma

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W


19:45 GMT
09 March 2018

Turin FC

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L

19:45 GMT 09 March 2018

With European football taking over the continent on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, league matches return this weekend and they start on Friday evening. The only Serie A fixture involves Roma and Torino and they face off at the Stadio Olimpico. The hosts are currently 3rd in the Italian top-flight while the visitors are 9th, just inside the top half. Roma have started to tail off from the top two, Juventus and Napoli, and are now 15 and 16 points behind the respective sides.


  • Roma have had a good season by all accounts, they still have a chance of progression to the Champions League quarter-final and are in the top four to qualify for the competition again. They’re playing well in the league with four wins in their last five matches, a 4-2 victory over Napoli in their last match was particularly impressive, especially away from home. Although, this did come on the back of a 2-0 home loss against AC Milan.
  • Torino have had a decent season so far and a good run of results for the duration of this term could see them scrape a Europa League place. Their last five results reflect their position in the table as they have won two and drawn two, obviously drawing the other. However, with two consecutive losses against Hellas Verona and Juventus, they need to turn their form around.
  • The attacking quality in Serie A has been wonderful to see this campaign and despite his recent lack of goals, Edin Dzeko has contributed to that, hitting the back of the net 13 times.
  • The player below him in the list for the Golden Boot is Torino forward, Iago Falque. The Spaniard has nine league goals as well as six assists, he’s enjoying a great season.


Roma have dominated the league fixtures in the last few years against Torino with three wins in the last four league meetings between the sides. In the earlier meeting between the sides in October, an Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick was the difference, however, Torino did knock Roma out of the Coppa Italia in December as Dzeko’s missed penalty meant the underdogs went through. Both teams have scored in six of the last seven in all competitions so I wouldn’t rule that out on Friday.


The main aim for Roma is to consolidate 3rd as well as have a decent run in Europe as they can’t compete with the top two. Dzeko and Federico Fazio are both suspended so will miss the match while Daniele De Rossi faces a late fitness test to assess his readiness.

Latest matches: AS Roma

03.03.2018 Seri SSC Napoli AS Roma 2:4 W
25.02.2018 Seri AS Roma AC Milan 0:2 L
21.02.2018 UEFA FC Shakhtar Donetsk AS Roma 2:1 L
17.02.2018 Seri Udinese Calcio AS Roma 0:2 W
11.02.2018 Seri AS Roma Benevento Calcio 5:2 W


Three points for Torino could see them leapfrog Atalanta while they could drop into the bottom half with a loss. They are potentially without Mbaye Niang and Cristian Molinaro while Kevin Benifazi might return.

Latest matches: Turin FC

25.02.2018 Seri Hellas Verona Turin FC 2:1 L
18.02.2018 Seri Turin FC Juventus Turin 0:1 L
11.02.2018 Seri Turin FC Udinese Calcio 2:0 W
03.02.2018 Seri Sampdoria Genoa Turin FC 1:1 D
28.01.2018 Seri Turin FC Benevento Calcio 3:0 W


With home advantage and a considerably stronger squad, Roma are very strong favourites to win this one, even more so because of their win over Napoli last time out. Torino might be able to utilise the fact that their opponents may rest some players ahead of their Champions League fixture in midweek but the visitors won’t expect to take anything from the game.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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