SCOTT PETERSON - Friday, March 15, 2013
Michael Bradley and Roma look to continue their climb up the Serie A standings on Sunday when they host FC Parma.
After serving a one-match ban last week, Roman skipper Aurelio Andreazzoli once again has Bradley at his disposal and the American midfielder figures to return to the starting 11 as injuries have beset Andreazzoli's other preferred alternative Miralem Pjanic.
In addition to Pjanic, the Giallorossi will be without the services of Mattia Destro, who is still a few weeks out from returning after suffering a serious a knee injury.
Roma hopes to return to winning ways against struggling Parma after squandering a late lead a week ago versus Udinese. With a win Roma could move into a coveted European spot as the Romans are currently in seventh place, three points back of Lazio.
Despite a lackluster campaign, Parma enters the match on the heels of an impressive 4-1 thrashing of FC Torino a week ago; currently, they sit in the middle of the pack in 11th place with 35 points.
Roma will be wise to be wary of former Juventus and Fiorentina striker Amauri, who notched a hat trick last time out to bring his season goal total to nine.
Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday night at the Stadio Olimpico.