Preview: Roma vs Sassuolo – prediction, team news, lineups
After four consecutive victories at home and abroad, Roma welcomes Sassuolo to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night, when Serie A returns after the international break. Roma vs Sassuolo where to watch, Roma vs Sassuolo tv channel.
The José Mourinho era has started off with a bang for the Giallorossi, as their visitors have added four points in their first two league games as they look to mount another challenge for the European places.
A total score of 12-2 in four competitive games so far in the 2021-22 campaign may not live up to expectations for a recent José Mourinho team, but Roma have certainly thrived under their new boss in the early stages. of the new season.
In addition to dispatching Trabzonspor comfortably during the Europa Conference League qualifying phase, the capital club beat Fiorentina 3-1 on an opening day, before traveling south to face the newly promoted Salernitana just before the international break.
Despite a goalless first half in Salerno, a fiery Roma then swept through the hosts’ resistance after the break, with Tammy Abraham scoring her first goal for the club between a pair of goals from Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Jordan Veretout also in the scorer in a 4-0 win.
After the break from qualifying for the World Cup, the Giallorossi now return to league action seeking to win their sixth straight home game for the first time since 2017, and their coach, known for highlighting his personal achievements, may have a special motivation to equalize. that streak on Sunday.
While Mourinho has been victorious in every one of his matches thus far, the former Real Madrid manager has never won his first five matches at any of his previous clubs during an illustrious career. Not only that, but Sassuolo’s visit will be his 1,000th match as a coach in all competitions.
Still, with a points-per-game ratio in Serie A that has only been bettered by Antonio Conte since the turn of the century, Mourinho will now look to gain momentum as Roma meets mid-table contenders Verona and Udinese. in the next fortnight. with the Derby Della Capitale on the horizon at the end of the month.
Although Sassuolo will face a team with a formidable home record, since the end of last season they have won their last five away games in Serie A, which is already a club record, and the new campaign has started. with a new address.
Alessio Dionisi’s men could have been held up by Sampdoria last time out, in a frustrating draw in which they had two-thirds of the ball and nearly 19 goal attempts, but they were winners on opening day and remain undefeated this season.
Although he went blank a fortnight ago, Domenico Berardi has been involved in 11 goals (eight goals and three assists) for Neroverdi in his last nine league games, making him the cause of much transfer speculation over the summer.
Now that the transfer window has closed and the Italian star has stayed in Emilia-Romagna, although former attacking partner Francesco Caputo recently departed for Sampdoria, he will play an integral role in continuing the remarkable progress achieved under the former coach Roberto De Zerbi in the few years passed.
Incidentally, Berardi has previously scored three goals against Roma in Serie A, each at the Olimpico, including a double in September 2019.
That season saw the two clubs trade 4-2 home wins in an often entertaining showdown, and there’s no reason to suggest that the score won’t be similar at the end of Sunday’s intense 90 minutes.
José Mourinho prepares for his historic moment as a coach with a nearly fit team to choose from as Roma should have injury-plagued Chris Smalling back in the squad on Sunday, and Nicolo Zaniolo will also be available to start after. to serve a suspension. last time.
Recently back from his second ACL tear in less than two years, Zaniolo returned to the capital for testing after retiring from Team Italy with a bruised thigh last week but has now passed in shape.
However, Mourinho is awaiting confirmation that full-back Matías Viña can play, due to an injury in the international service with Uruguay. Therefore, the young Riccardo Calafiori could start on the left of the four behind, as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Sassuolo are also in relatively clean health, although midfielder Pedro Obiang is still injured.
For that reason, Alessio Dionisi, who oversaw a 2-0 friendly loss to Cremonese last week, should stick with Davide Frattesi at the center with ex-Marseille Maxime López. However, Matheus Henrique, new to Gremio as Manuel Locatelli’s replacement, is now also available for his selection.
Although ‘Ciccio’ Caputo may have left after a goal-laden spell at the club, Gregoire Defrel, goal Gianluca Scamacca and his diminutive international colleague Giacomo Raspadori are among the various center-forward options available to Dionisi, being the latter a great favorite. to start in Rome.
Roma possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Smalling, Calafiori; Cristante, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Abraham
Sassuolo possible starting lineup:
Consigli; Toljan, Chiriches, Ferrari, Rogerio; Frattesi, Lopez; Berardi, Boga, Djuricic; Raspadori