Parma took a trip to the Vatican ahead of Sunday's match away at second-placed AS Roma, perhaps hoping that Pope Francesco would be able to sort them some divine assistance. But then again, the gialloblu might not need it, as they're currently enjoying their best form of the entire season. Roberto Donadoni's side are unbeaten in ten in the league, and are looking to record a fifth consecutive win and move into the European places with a win.
However, there's no doubt they're firmly underdogs. Roma closed their deficit to league leaders Juventus to just six points last weekend, with Rudi Garcia's side heading into this one on the back of three straight league wins. They've shown themselves to be one of the fiercest sides in the entire division, and beat Parma 3-1 when the sides met at the Ennio Tardini earlier this season.
Roma will be without left-back pairing Dodô and Federico Balzaretti, meaning Vasilis Torosidis will likely have to fill in over on that side. Parma have backup players Nicola Pavarini and Joel Obi both injured, while centre-back Felipe dal Belo is forced to sit this one out through suspension.
AS Roma injuries and suspensions
Out: Dodô, Federico Balzaretti (injured); Radja Nainggolan (suspended). In doubt: None.
Parma injuries and suspensions
Out: Nicola Pavarini, Joel Obi (injured); Felipe dal Belo (suspended). In doubt: None.
Match Date/Time: Sunday, 3 p.m. local, 9 a.m. ET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
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