Sports activities Mole previews Monday’s Serie A conflict between Empoli and Roma, together with predictions, staff information and attainable lineups.
Following successive defeats away from house, Roma proceed their street journey with a go to to Tuscany on Monday evening, as they face Empoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Having misplaced closely to Udinese final weekend, the Giallorossi had been then overwhelmed in Bulgaria as they kicked off their Europa League marketing campaign. In the meantime, their struggling hosts have but to win in Serie A this time period.
After a formidable begin to the brand new season, Roma sat tied on the high of the Serie A standings earlier than final Sunday’s encounter with Udinese, and had gone unbeaten by means of their first 4 league fixtures.
Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho‘s males got here spectacularly unstuck on the Dacia Area, as they discovered themselves repeatedly stung on the counter and had been despatched packing with a 4-0 defeat.
Earlier than that capitulation in Udine, they’d conceded only a solitary aim this time period, however a new-look lineup went on to let in two extra on Thursday evening, because the Europa Convention League winners slumped to a loss at Ludogorets of their first match in Europa League Group C.
With summer season signings Andrea Belotti and Mile Svilar each being handed their first begins by Mourinho, the Giallorossi went behind with lower than 20 minutes to play, earlier than substitute Eldor Shomurodov equalised within the dying minutes. Nevertheless, conceding late on in Razgrad then handed them their second away defeat in a matter of days.
Having spurned their probability of on the spot redemption, Roma return to the Italian peninsula – however not but again to its capital – and so they journey to the Tuscan city of Empoli, the place they’ve misplaced solely two of their final 12 matches.
Additionally unbeaten of their 12 most up-to-date encounters with Monday’s opponents – profitable every of the final 5 – the Giallorossi are favourites to prevail as soon as once more, however can’t be complacent on present kind.
Such has been Roma’s latest dominance on this match-up, Empoli haven’t even scored in 4 of the groups’ final six Serie A conferences – and discovering the online has additionally been a problem for the Azzurri by means of the opening weeks of the 2022-23 marketing campaign.
A tally of simply 4 Serie A strikes up to now has seen Paolo Zanetti‘s aspect draw 4 video games on the bounce, following fixtures towards Fiorentina, Lecce, Verona and Salernitana which ended all-square.
The latter was one thing of a salvage job, as Empoli relinquished a lead earlier than pulling degree by means of Dutch striker Sam Lammers within the 81st minute; regardless of scoring greater than as soon as for the primary time this time period, they had been nonetheless solely in a position so as to add one level to their complete.
Sitting within the backside six, with 4 factors in all and having already exited the Coppa Italia, Zanetti’s reign has not begun within the preferrred method, and he should discover a first win earlier than too lengthy.
Stretching again to final season, once they had been led by veteran coach Aurelio Andreazzoli, no staff has drawn extra Serie A house matches than Empoli in 2022 – and within the course of, they’ve received solely as soon as.
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Set to proceed their relentless schedule on Thursday, at house to HJK Helsinki, Roma will clean up their beginning XI towards Empoli: Tammy Abraham (shoulder) and Rick Karsdorp (knee) didn’t make the journey to Razgrad as a result of harm, however each may characteristic on the Castellani.
Marash Kumbulla, Stephan El Shaarawy and Georginio Wijnaldum all stay sidelined, however Nicolo Zaniolo is now in competition for a spot on the bench following his newest absence. As Nicola Zalewski is affected by muscular fatigue, Leonardo Spinazzola ought to return on the left flank.
Rui Patricio will likely be again in aim after Mile Svilar made his debut within the loss to Ludogorets, however Paulo Dybala ought to begin as soon as once more. The Argentina striker has been concerned in probably the most pictures in Serie A this season: 33 (17 of his personal and 16 created for teammates).
Although set for less than a bit-part function on Monday, Andrea Belotti has had a hand in six objectives in his final 4 video games towards Empoli. Certainly, his final objectives for Torino had been a hat-trick towards the Azzurri again in Might, when he featured as an alternative.
In the meantime, the hosts, are nonetheless with out Nicolo Cambiaghi, Lorenzo Tonelli and Tommaso Baldanzi due to harm, and ex-Roma striker Mattia Destro might also miss out towards his former membership.
In his absence, Sam Lammers and Martin Satriano ought to begin up entrance, with Marko Pjaca and Nedim Bajrami competing for a spot behind the ahead pairing.
Empoli attainable beginning lineup:
Vicario; Stojanovic, Ismajli, Luperto, Parisi; Haas, Marin, Bandinelli; Bajrami; Satriano, Lammers
Roma attainable beginning lineup:
Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Camara, Matic, Spinazzola; Dybala, Pellegrini; Abraham
We are saying: Empoli 1-2 Roma
Given Empoli’s dire run on the Castellani, the timing of Roma’s go to couldn’t be higher for the capital membership – in idea, not less than. They might not be at full tilt as a result of continental commitments, however the Giallorossi now possess sufficient firepower on the bench to complete the job if the sport stays shut afterward.
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