It’s a mid-table clash in Serie A on Sunday as both Roma and Fiorentina look to improve on their indifferent starts to the new campaign (5pm kick-off).
Roma XI: Mirante; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdrop, Pellegrini, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pedro, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko.
Fiorentina XI: Dragowski; Martinez, Milenkovic, Caceres; Lirola, Castrovilli, Amrabat, Bonaventura, Biraghi; Ribery, Callejon.
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- UK: FreeSports
- US: ESPN+
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Roma vs Fiorentina build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
Roma have marginally better form going into this game. Currently, they are ninth in the table, having won two, drawn two and lost one of their opening five games. The defeat came in their opening game of the season, beaten by Verona, but they have put on impressive displays in draws against Juventus and AC Milan. Roma are also unbeaten in the Europa League but may be disappointed by their goalless draw with CSKA Sofia on Thursday.
One point and a place behind Roma are Fiorentina, who have won the same amount of games as their hosts this weekend but lost two and drew one of their opening five matches. Defeats to Inter Milan and Sampdoria put a dampener on their winning start to the season, but Fiorentina responded and beat Udinese last time out.
To build on that win, Fiorentina will need to improve their record at Roma, having just just two away games against the Giallorossi this century (in 2012 and 2018).
- Roma (vs CSKA Sofia): Lopez; Smalling, Fazio, Kumbulla; Peres, Cristante, Villar, Spinazzola; Perez, Mkhitaryan; Mayoral.
- Fiorentina (vs Padova): Terracciano; Milenkovic, Igor, Martinez Quarta; Venuti, Duncan, Saponara, Pulgar, Barreca; Callejon, Cutrone.
Roma have no fresh injury concerns but are expected to return to full strength, with the likes of Edin Dzeko and Pedro to come back in attack.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, are set to be without captain German Pezzella after the defender suffered an injury in the win over Udinese. Borja Valero is also an absentee for the visitors.
Players to watch:
Roma: Henrikh Mkhitaryan was one of the players to start in Roma’s disappointing draw with CSKA Sofia in midweek, but the Armenian came off after 45 minutes with an eye on this weekend. Mkhitaryan’s first season at Roma was plagued by injury, but when he did get onto the pitch he was excellent, form he’s carried into the new campaign. The Armenian has built a good understanding with Edin Dzeko, setting up two of his team-mate’s goals. Overall, Mkhitaryan has recorded three assists, more than any other Roma player this season, and they will be hoping he can add to it this weekend.
Fiorentina: Midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli has undoubtedly been the star of Fiorentina’s side this season, having been directly involved in five of their 10 goals so far. With four goals and one assist, the 23-year-old is understandably Fiorentina’s most crucial man, with only four players being directly involved in more goals across Serie A. Castrovilli is already experiencing his best season in senior football for goals, having previously scored four for Cremonese in Serie B while on loan in 2018/19.
Scoreline prediction: Roma 2-1 Fiorentina
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Roma: DWWDL
- Fiorentina: WDLLW
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