The Serie A run-in includes battles at both ends of the table and these Roma vs. Venezia predictions look ahead to Europe and relegation connotations. Venezia are almost certain to slip down into Serie B, while Roma are chasing the Europa League.
Roma vs. Venezia odds
1 – Roma to win – 3/11
2 – Under 2.5 total goals – 9/5
3 – Roma under 2.5 total goals – 20/33
4 – BTTS – No – 21/20
5 – Roma to win 2-0 – 34/5
Roma will have Europe on their minds this weekend as they play host to rock bottom Venezia in Jose Mourinho’s final home game of the season. Mourinho’s charges head into the penultimate game of the campaign in a strong position to secure a Europa League qualification spot, but there is still work to be done in the Italian capital.
The Coppa Italia final being contested between Inter and Juventus, who have both already qualified for the Champions League, means fifth and sixth places will join the Europa League next season. Rivals Lazio already look to have done enough to have sealed a place, with Roma battling against Fiorentina and Atalanta for the other spot.
This weekend should be very straightforward for Mourinho, despite failing to win in their last four league games, and Venezia ending a 10-game losing streak with a shock win at home to Bologna last weekend.
Roma will not want to rely on the back door route of winning the Europa Conference League final against Feyenoord this month, and a win would give them an edge ahead of the final weekend while relegating Venezia as a result.
With Roma limping over the line to potential European qualification, this tie is unlikely to be a thriller, with only one of their last six games involving over 2.5 total goals scored inside 90 minutes. They have also failed to score more than once in all six of those games, with visitors Venezia scoring just twice in their last five away matches in Serie A action.
Roma will be confident of keeping a clean sheet, based on two goals conceded in their last three games in all competitions, and a narrow win will put them in pole position ahead of travelling to mid-table Torino next weekend.
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Roma vs. Venezia last five matches
Roma last five matches
Venezia last five matches
Roma top goalscorers
Venezia top goalscorers
Roma vs. Venezia line-ups
Roma (3-4-1-2): Patricio; Ibanez, Smalling, Mancini; Zalewski, Zainolo, Cristante, Karsdorp; Veretout; Abraham, Pellegrini.
Venezia (3-4-3): Maenpaa; Ceccaroni, Caldara, Svoboda; Haps, Vacca, Crnigoj, Mateju; Cuisance, Henry, Kiyine.
Roma team news
Mourinho has defender Daniele Fuzato back from suspension for this game, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is unlikely to be risked ahead of the Europa Conference League final. Italy international Nicolo Zainolo could return to freshen up Mourinho’s midfield options in Rome this weekend.
Venezia team news
Venezia caretaker boss Andrea Soncin is still without long-term injury absentee Sergio Romero for the trip to Rome. However, on the back of a rare win last time out, he could be tempted to name an unchanged side in this game.