Genoa: On The Wings Of Borini

GENOA, ITALY - OCTOBER 26: Giandomenico Mesto of Genoa CFC battles for the ball with Fabio Borini of AS Roma during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and AS Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 26, 2011 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)



Roma v Genoa

The AS Roma matchday checklist:

  • DDR in the lineup, injury or traffic permitting: Maybe.
  • Match at home: Check.
  • Luis against a fresh face: Check.
This all points to the possibility, if not likelihood, of a draw. The inclusion of Fabio Borini in the starting eleven means they stand a chance at three points - what with scoring being a somewhat large component of victory.
The loss of Bogdan "Maarten Who?" Lobont from the lineup slinks those chances back down to a draw. Always ride the hot hand, Luis.

Sometimes, pictures spear far louder than words. More often, statistics belt like Metallica in the 80s.

Genoa's away form in 2011-12:

2-2-10, 15, 34, -19

Goals conceded in Serie A:

Genoa - 20th (48)

[Pause. Soak it in.]

Spalletti's Roma would've lost 3-0 yet cleaned the plate through the end of the season, finishing bridesmaid - or sum'fin. Enrique's Roma is likely to win 2-0 with goals from Borini and Osvaldo - standard fare - before embarking on a six match losing streak as they once again match like poles with that final Champions League slot.

Likely 'Leven

Maarten
Taddei, Kjaer, Heinze, Angels
Gago, DDR, Greco
Borini, Osvaldo, Lamela

Out: Totti, Pjanic, Cassetti, Juan, Burdisso

Also out: Hopes for a consistently smooth passing game.

This one could be a bumpy, but fun, ride.
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