Roma came in to the weekend in second place in Serie A, but they are likely to face a challenge from Napoli in the remaining games. The Partenopei are looking to leapfrog them and wrap up second, which gives them automatic entry in to the Champions League group stage.
Roma come here with the third best away record in Serie A, and with the second highest points return from the previous eight games. They boast the second best attacking record and second best defensive record, while they face a Pescara outfit who are struggling across the board. They’ve made little impact in their season in the top flight, so it’s hard to see anything but a comfortable win for the visitors.
The visitors have managed to keep a clean sheet in five of their last seven away league games, winning six of those seven trips. They’ve won five of their last six in all competitions, which should set them up to secure a strong finish to the season. They’ve been strong on their travels of late, recording back to back 3-0 wins. They’re performing a lot better without the pressure of a title push on their shoulders, which is a worrying sign for the personality of their squad.
While Roma may not have a side capable of toppling Juventus, they should breeze past Pescara. The hosts have failed to score in 38% of their home matches. The Delfini have now lost 11 of their last 14 league outings, which has put them on course for the second tier. They’re in no position to match the visitors, so we’re backing a comfortable win. We’re backing the Giallorossi with a -2 Asian Handicap at 107/100 with bet365. That seems like excellent value, especially since 70% of Pescara’s home defeats have been by two goals or more.
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Following their defeat to Porto back in August, that would have been a key aim for the Giallorossi since the beginning of the campaign. They head to bottom side Pescara next, which should be a straightforward game.