The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a thrilling 2-2 Serie A draw against AC Milan on Sunday, while Genoa got the better of Bari 2-1 in an Italian second tier match on December 27.
AS Roma will play host to Serie B side Genoa in a Coppa Italia round of 16 fixture at Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a thrilling 2-2 Serie A draw against AC Milan on Sunday, while Genoa got the better of Bari 2-1 in an Italian second tier match on December 27. Roma are currently occupying seventh spot in the Italian top flight standings, having collected 31 points from 17 games. The visitors, meanwhile, are sitting at the third position in the Serie B table, with 33 points to their name from 19 matches. Meanwhile, Giallorossi have won Italy’s cup competition nine times, only behind Juventus, while Grifone’s lone triumph came way back in 1937.
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Roma are currently 13 points adrift of leaders Napoli and therefore, securing a Coppa Italia triumph is a more realistic target for Jose Mourinho’s side. Meanwhile, the Portuguese tactician, who lifted the Europa conference League trophy last season, has a knack for taking his team’s all the way through in the cup competitions. Last time out, Roma earned a point against reigning Serie A champions away from home, courtesy of late strikes from Roger Ibanez and Tammy Abraham.
Genoa, on the other hand, are well on track to return to the Italian top tier having got relegated last season. As for now, Alberto Gilardino’s side are just six points adrift of the summit. Last time out, the Red and Blues defeated Bari, courtesy of goals from George Puscas and Albert Gudmundsson. Meanwhile, when it comes to the cup competition, the Griffin are aiming to reach the quarter-final for the first time since the 1991-92 season, when they were defeated by eventual champions Parma. This season, they have already had to come through two rounds, overcoming Benevento and SPAL to reach this far.
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Roma midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is sidelined with a fractured tibia. Meanwhile head coach Mourinho is likely to make several changes to the side that started against Milan last weekend. Andrea Belotti might lead the line, with El Shaarawy and Shomurodov in support. Nemanja Matic might Camara in the engine room, with Spinazzola and Celik occupying the flanks. As for Genoa, last game’s goal-scorer Gundmundsson could join Puscas and Aramu up front, with Frendrup, Strootman and Jagiello forming the midfield-trio.
Roma possible line-up: Svilar, Kumbulla, Smalling, Ibanez, Celik, Camara, Matic, Spinazzola, El Shaarawy, Shomurodov, Belotti
Genoa possible line-up: Martinez, Heft, Bani, Dragusin, Sabelli, Frendrup, Strootman, Jagiello, Aramu, Puscas, Gudmundsson
|AC Milan||2-2 (D)|
|RKC Waalwijk||0-3 (W)|
|Casa Pia||0-1 (W)|
|Ascoli Picchio FC||0-0 (D)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Roma draw Genoa||0-0|
|Roma beat Genoa||0-2|
|Roma beat Genoa||1-0|
|Roma beat Genoa||1-3|
|Roma beat Genoa||1-3|
The Coppa Italia match between Fiorentina and Sampdoria will take place at Stadio Olimpico on Friday at 1:30 pm IST.
|Roma vs Genoa||Key Details|
|Date||January 12 (Italy)|
|Kickoff time in Italy||9:00 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:30 am (Friday)|
The live telecast of the Coppa Italia match between Roma and Genoa can be seen on Mediaset Infinity and Canale 5 in Italy.
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