Foot Predictions shows the Serie A clash on Sunday between Rome and Udinese, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Still undefeated at home this season, Pomegranate welcome in the form Udinese to Stadio Olimpico on Sunday afternoon, looking to recover from another defeat to a great rival.
The Giallorossi loss to Juventus last week was one of several against teams around them in the Serie A standings, but now they face mid-table opponents who recently recovered from a difficult streak in late 2020.
Before Udinese’s visit to the capital, fourth-placed Roma are unbeaten in their league games at home, with a good record of eight wins and three draws in 11 games at the Olympics. In all, Paulo FonsecaThe team has been in the midst of a series of 15 unbeaten home games in Serie A since July 2020.
However, away from home, Roma are only 11th in Serie A, after a fifth away defeat last Saturday at the hands of Juventus. Although they often pulled strings against the Bianconeri, their statistical dominance did not bear fruit, as they lost 2-0 at the Allianz Stadium.
Again, borrowed striker Borja Mayoral deputy in front against the champions, following the former captain Edin DzekoFonseca’s bitter disagreement last month, but there are signs that the Bosnian star – so essential to Roma’s style of play – will now return to his rightful place in the starting lineup.
Not only were Dzeko’s goals lost, but his gift for playing with those around him was also lost and the seven-goal striker could be back in the first XI on Sunday. In fact, Italian media reports that his fellow players – including the substitute captain Lorenzo Pellegrini – wants the former Manchester City player to also take the armband back, but the club apparently rejected that request.
Having trained separately from the rest of the team in late January, when he would be close to joining Inter in an exchange with Alexis Sanchez, Dzeko has failed to score or provide an assist in his last four league matches – the last time he endured a longer streak was in April 2019.
Fonseca will necessarily have to prioritize pragmatism and swallow his pride in ending the feud, as his personal future and the club’s immediate goals depend on a well-oiled attack, as his defense remains precarious when put to the test by elite teams. On Sunday, however, Roma are expected to overcome more modest opponents to stay on track for a European spot next season.
Looking like a dead man walking last month, Udinese coach Luca Gotti Since then, he has led his men to eight points in their last four games, with two disciplined draws against the top teams Atalanta and Inter, coupled with wins over Spezia and Verona.
Since Zebrette’s last defeat, only one goal has been awarded in 360 minutes – attesting to the corrective work done by the coach in his defense. This weekend, Udinese can register four games without conceding goals for the first time since May 2012.
The contribution of the three defenders to this improvement was the combination of an experienced Dutch defender Bram Nuytinck and former U21 international from Italy Kevin bonifazi.
The 24-year-old central defender recently said that the turning point for Udinese came during a meeting in which the team expressed their exasperation at playing well without scoring points and pledged to become more compact as a unit.
Now reaping the rewards of their hard work, the Friulani were indebted to Gerard DeulofeuThe inspiring contribution of Verona – scoring one and forcing their own goal – and managed to guarantee a deserved result, even without the suspended captain Rodrigo De Paul. Taking them to 11th place – about seven places and nine points above the relegation zone – that victory could provide the perfect preparation for a considerable challenge this week.
The last time Udinese faced Rome, the Giallorossi emerged victorious at the Dacia Arena in October, with Pedro scoring the only goal in the second half. Improving that result in the reverse game seems like a real possibility for Gotti’s resurgent team, with all the pressure on the capital club to claim the maximum points once again.
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The possible inclusion of Edin Dzeko is at the top of the minds of Roma fans, as it remains to be seen whether the former captain will be reinstated in the first team in place of Borja Mayoral. Current captain Lorenzo Pellegrini now returns after suspension, such a versatile midfielder Bryan Cristante may fall outside the XI.
A few days before the Europa League first game against Braga, coach Paulo Fonseca welcomed them both Stephan El Shaarawy and Pedro for training, with the pair of strikers starting on the bench on Sunday.
Meanwhile, defender Marash Kumbulla should continue on the three coasts of Fonseca, Chris Smalling remains injured until the end of the month.
Udinese will also welcome its influential leader back, as captain and star Rodrigo De Paul returns from a suspension and may be the only change to a winning lineup that Luca Gotti will make, with his Argentine compatriot Roberto Pereyra most likely to lose due to a thigh problem.
How Ignacio Pussetto is still hurt and Stefano Okaka has just returned after a long layoff, the Spanish duo Gerard Deulofeu and Fernando Llorente are the favorites to start the attack.
Possible initial Roma lineup:
Lopez; Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla; Karsdorp, Villar, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko
Possible initial lineup of Udinese:
Musso; Bonifazi, Nuytinck, Samir; Larsen, De Paul, Walace, Arslan, Zeegelaar; Deulofeu; Llorente
Probability: Roma 2-1 Udinese
While there are good reasons to consider improving Udinese to at least score a point at the Olympics, Roma’s excellent performance at home is indicative of their formidable form in the capital.
Should Edin Dzeko regain his place at the center of the attack – and with other full-striker personnel returning from forced absences this week – the hosts have enough cunning and variety to open up the visitors’ increasingly cruel defense.
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