Roma will be looking to keep hold of their spot in Serie A’s top four when they host Udinese on Sunday (11:30am kick-off UK time).
The Giallorossi are currently fourth, only ahead of Lazio on goals scored as things stand, but defeat to their rivals last month means they are behind on the head-to-head (which comes into play when both matches have been played).
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Where to watch Roma vs Udinese on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Roma 2-0 Udinese
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Roma vs Udinese build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
After finishing in the top four for five consecutive seasons between 2013/14 and 2017/18, including three second-placed finishes, Roma have been outside the Champions League spots for the past two campaigns. As things stand, they occupy the final Champions League spot, but the past few months have shown Roma just how close things are at the top.
Since entering the top four for the first time in mid-November, Roma have rarely stuck to one spot, frequently switching between third, fourth and fifth. They were third as recently as last week, but defeat to Juventus allowed the Bianconeri to leapfrog Roma and control their own fate with the better head-to-head. A recent 3-0 loss to Lazio also put them behind their rivals on head-to-head, though they do have another chance to right that later in the campaign.
For now though, their attention must turn to this weekend and an Udinese side that have been slowly moving up the table in recent weeks. A nine-game winless run in Serie A had Udinese dropping as low as 15th but they ended that with back-to-back victories over Spezia and Hellas Verona to jump back up to 11th.
There is now some breathing room between Udinese and Cagliari in the final relegation spot, nine points to be exact, but Luca Gotti will want to build on their winning run to move further away from the drop zone, even if European football appears out of reach.
- Roma (vs Juventus): Lopez; Mancini, Kumbulla, Roger Ibanez; Karsdorp, Veretout, Villar, Spinazzola; Mkhitaryan, Cristante; Mayoral.
- Udinese (vs Hellas Verona): Musso; Bonifazi, Samir, Nuytinck; Stryger Larsen, Arsian, Pereyra, Walace, Zeegelaar; Deulofeu, Llorente.
Roma remain without Chris Smalling and Pedro, but Lorenzo Pellegrini is back following suspension. Rodrigo de Paul is back from suspension for Udinese but Roberto Pereyra, Ignacio Pussetto, Mato Jajalo and Fernando Forestieri are still absent.
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Players to watch:
- Roma: Last weekend saw Edin Dzeko playing for Roma for the first team since being stripped of the captaincy, as he came off the bench against Juventus, also his first match after briefly being frozen out. The Bosnian reportedly fell out with Roma manager Paulo Fonseca and was tipped to leave the club in the winter transfer window, though Dzeko wanted to stay. According to reports this week, Roma’s players have requested for Dzeko to be reinstated as captain and although it was denied, the Bosnian could be an important player this weekend, whether he starts or comes on as a substitute.
- Udinese: Gerard Deulofeu has been at Udinese since October, joining on loan from Watford, but it was a hampered start to life in Italy, as he started just four of his first 10 Serie A appearances, recording one assist. However, at the end of January, Deulofeu’s move was made permanent and the Spaniard appears to have been buoyed by that, behing key to Udinese’s past two wins. First he set up the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Spezia and then followed that up with his first Serie A goal for Udinese in the 2-0 win over Hellas Verona – fitting time to find form.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Roma: LWWLD
- Udinese: WWDDL
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