Preview: Roma vs Udinese – prediction, team news, lineups
Following their first setback of the Serie A season, Roma host Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night. Roma vs Udinese h2h, Roma vs Udinese stream.
While a second-half collapse in Verona saw the perfect finish for Giallorossi’s mark on Sunday, his visitors were thrashed 4-0 by Napoli; suffering their first loss of a successful season thus far.
Just days before their first clash of the season with old rivals Lazio at the Derby della Capitale, a deflated Roma has an almost immediate chance to bounce back from their first setback of the 2021-22 campaign.
Having led a goal in the first half from inspired captain Lorenzo Pellegrini at the weekend, they then collapsed defensively at Stadio Bentegodi, with Verona battling the blow to execute unexpected 3-2 winners at the final whistle.
Since then, fatigue and a lack of concentration have been cited as the reasons for their dramatic loss of form in the second half, and the game came shortly after a Europa Conference League match against CSKA Sofia, in which Pellegrini also scored, and in the qualifying phase. to the all-important Derby.
Nonetheless, José Mourinho’s men still have a six-game winning streak at home in Serie A, their best streak since 2017, and can boast an impressive 21-7 total score in seven competitive matches so far at home and abroad.
The former Real Madrid coach’s life starts in the Italian capital could hardly have been better, but a truer test of his credentials as a renewed man returning to a league in which he is revered will now come, after a first setback.
Despite a good start to this season until last Sunday at least, Giallorossi’s next rivals were beaten on both occasions the clubs met last season and may have lost their rhythm over a disappointing loss. own.
Ahead of Monday’s visit from Napoli in shape, a commendable start to the new season had seen Udinese mix improbably with the greats near the top of the Serie A standings, but at the final whistle, the bianconeri they were well defeated and facing a tough trip to the capital with no time to restart.
Conceding two goals in each half to Partenopei was a serious blow to the Friuli-based team, which, until then, had let just three in total into both the league and the cup this season.
Luca Gotti had previously seen his team win two and draw one of their first three matches, and their only failure to claim maximum points was against Juventus, supposedly defying the Scudetto, so optimistic fans will expect a second win in a row. at home in the middle of the week.
It is true that Udinese’s most recent victory on the road was in Liguria, where they beat Spezia 1-0, but they can also remember a good 2-0 victory at Olimpico, after blocking in the summer of last year.
On that occasion, former captain Rodrigo De Paul scored both goals for the Bianconeri, but now others, including former Premier League duo Gerard Deulofeu and Ignacio Pussetto, are stepping up after their departure to Atlético de Madrid, Spanish champions.
Just days before his first Derby on the Roma bench, José Mourinho is expected to change his team a bit, with several fringe players in dispute to play at the Olimpico on Thursday.
Leaving absent Leonardo Spinazzola and injured winger Matias Vina aside, the Giallorossi should be in top form in terms of fitness, and their absences will be replaced by young Riccardo Calafiori once again.
On the bench for the last two games, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to return to the first eleven, with Eldor Shomurodov the man most likely to miss. Alternatively, the former Genoa striker could replace Tammy Abraham upfront should Mourinho decide to rest the Englishman, whose compatriot Chris Smalling is also in contention to play.
Udinese, meanwhile, only have Ilijia Nestorovski, a victim of a cruciate ligament injury, who was on the scoreboard the last time Zebrette won in Rome, definitely out of action before the trip to the capital.
Teen defender Destiny Udogie is unlikely to show up due to a muscle injury, and Sunday’s game against Fiorentina is a more realistic comeback date from a hit he received while on duty with Italy’s Under-21 team.
The visitors are once again poised to put Gerard Deulofeu and Ignacio Pussetto on the attack, with another former Watford player, Roberto Pereyra, as a likely starter behind.
Roma possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Smalling, Calafiori; Veretout, Cristante; El Shaarawy, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Shomurodov
Udinese possible starting lineup:
Silvestri; Becao, Nuytinck, Samir; Molina, Arslan, Walace, Pereyra, Zeegelaar; Pussetto, Deulofeu