Fiorentina vs Roma

Fiorentina vs Roma : Fiorentina vs Roma Fiorentina rank 15th in goals scored through 35 rounds of play, but there is one area in which they’ve excelled this season: scoring early goals. The gross totals won’t bowl you over, but the Viola have scored five goals in the first 15 minutes of matches this season, playing to a +3 goal differential in the first quarter hour; one of only six clubs to do so. For their part, Roma have conceded seven goals in the first quarter hour, the league’s third-worst mark.

Oddly enough, Roma (10 times) and Fiorentina (nine times) are among the most susceptible sides at conceding first, with both clubs falling among the top four in that micro category.

Clearly something has to give on Sunday, and grabbing the first goal could be the key to victory. Roma vs. Fiorentina Preview: Early Goals, Ribery Resurgence & Dzeko Drought
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Yesterday marked one month since Roma returned to action following a three-month layoff due to the ongoing Cornavirus pandemic. With nine matches played in that 30 day span, we’ve been treated to the full Giallorossi gamut: gutty come from behind victories, a three match losing streak, a three match winning streak, a late collapse and, just a few days ago, a complete and utter shellacking of SPAL. In between all those matches, we’ve been hit with a deluge of transfer rumors, more stadium delays, a Fonseca-Zaniolo “feud”, an ultimatum of sorts from Roma’s would-be owner Dan Friekdin, two new signings for the women’s team and the official reveal of Roma’s new home shirt. In a word, it’s been a whirlwind.

Given the sheer pace of those updates, it can be hard to find your bearings. Is this the way Roma should have been playing all along? Is this just a temporary course correction following their three match losing streak? How can they carry this form into next season? And for that matter, when does next season begin? It could be next Wednesday or three months from now, who knows? Time is warped right now.

But before we vex ourselves with those questions, there is the small matter of tomorrow’s match against 11th place Fiorentina; Roma’s final home match of the season. The Viola have troubled Roma for the past 18 months or so, but the Giallorossi got the best of the Viola last time out.
Last Match
December 20, 2019: Fiorentina 1, Roma 4

Prior to this match, Fiorentina had been giving Roma fits, outscoring the capital club 14 to 9 over their previous five encounters. Of course, the Viola scored half of those 14 goals in one match; the 7-1 Coppa Italia embarrassment from January of 2019. With first half goals from Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov, Roma quickly put those demons to bed, walking away 4-1 winners on this frigid Firenze evening.

It’s safe to say that both clubs have failed to live up to expectations this season, but let’s take a look at Roma’s path to victory tomorrow.
Keep An Eye On
The First 15 Minutes
US Lecce v ACF Fiorentina – Serie A Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

Fiorentina rank 15th in goals scored through 35 rounds of play, but there is one area in which they’ve excelled this season: scoring early goals. The gross totals won’t bowl you over, but the Viola have scored five goals in the first 15 minutes of matches this season, playing to a +3 goal differential in the first quarter hour; one of only six clubs to do so. For their part, Roma have conceded seven goals in the first quarter hour, the league’s third-worst mark.

Oddly enough, Roma (10 times) and Fiorentina (nine times) are among the most susceptible sides at conceding first, with both clubs falling among the top four in that micro category.

Clearly something has to give on Sunday, and grabbing the first goal could be the key to victory.

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