The 2021/22 season has reached its limit, with Torino hosting Roma to kick off the final matchday of the Serie A campaign.
Ivan Juric could lead Torino to a praiseworthy end to the campaign, following a season that had seen them finish closer to the relegation zone. On the other hand, Roma are yet to secure their place in Europe for the next season. Jose Mourinho’s side has not won any of their last five league fixtures, making the prospect much more intriguing.
The Giallorossi could qualify for the next season’s Europa League by winning the final of the Europa Conference League against Feyenoord later this month. But taking that route could prove to be disastrous for the team from the Italian capital. Both Atalanta and Fiorentina could win their next games and finish above Roma if Mourinho’s side drop points on Friday.
Last weekend, Venezia held Roma onto a 1-1 draw, while Juric got better of his former side Hellas Verona, beating Igor Tudor’s men 1-0 in an exciting encounter.
The recent form (in the last five matches in Serie A)
Torino have a long list of absentees, including Mohamed Fares, Alessandro Buongiorno, Wilfried Singo,
Simone Zaza, and especially Bremer. It would be interesting to see how the Torino defence does without the care of the Brazilian.
Roma’s defence will be missing Chris Smalling. Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains out with his hamstring injury. Nicolo Zaniolo has struggled with his muscle issues. The Italian is a doubt for the game against Toro.
Torino (3-4-2-1): Berisha; Izzo, Zima, Rodriguez; Aina, Lukic, Mandragora, Vojvoda; Praet, Brekalo; Belotti.
Roma (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Mancini, Kumbulla, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Oliveira, Zalewski; Pellegrini, Zaniolo; Abraham.
Torino will be looking to finish the season with three points, ensuring their 10th-placed standing on the points table. As for Roma, the fixture will be a great way to prepare themselves ahead of their final in Tirana, even if their European ambition will be at stake.