AS Roma will be looking to make it 4 wins out of 4 in Serie A on Sunday evening as they travel to Verona to take on a Hellas Verona side in turmoil.
AS Roma made it 6 wins out of 6 in all competitions on Thursday evening. Defeated a spirited CSKA Sofia side 5-1 in the first round of group games in the Europa Conference league.
At times on Thursday evening, it was a struggle for Roma. There was a bit of a turnover from players from the chaotic game on Sunday evening against Sassuolo. Roma really struggled for the first 15-20 minutes in the first half and CSKA Sofia hit them cold. Graham Carey, a player who I have watched play in the EFL in England and had a wonderful spell at Plymouth Argyle, took his goal wonderfully and made a complete mockery of the Roma defence. It took Lorenzo Pellegrini’s excellent goal to wake Roma up.
It was the same for stages in the second half of the game, Roma really struggled to put a foothold on the game until once again Lorenzo Pellegrini added his second with a tame effort passed Gustavo Bussato in the CSKA Sofia goal. Roma added two in two minutes after Yanic Wildschut was sent off for the Bulgarians after picking up two yellow cards. Gianluca Mancini and a first home goal in Roma colours for Tammy Abraham added gloss to the scoreline.
Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini will get the headlines and rightly so for his two goals in a brilliant start to the 2021/22 season. But Eldor Shomurodov was excellent leading the line for Roma, covered every blade of grass, and bagged two assists, should have had a couple himself. I did feel sorry for him when he struck the post when one on one with Bussato, he had him beaten but the shot curled hit the upright. I am looking forward to seeing Shomurodov and Abraham combining more on the pitch, really liked what I saw for a matter of moments on Thursday evening.
PREDICTED LINE-UP | ROMA (4-2-3-1)
Rui Patricio, Karsdorp, Mancini, Ibanez, Vina, Veretout, Cristante, Zaniolo, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Abraham.
It has been a horrible start to the 2021/22 Serie A season for Hellas Verona, with 0 points from the first three games this season. Monday night defeat away to Bologna was the final straw for Hellas Verona president Maurizio Setti as he wielded the ax and sacked Eusebio Di Francesco. Di Francesco’s stock has fallen dramatically after his dismissal at AS Roma in March of 2019. He has had three jobs since his departure from Roma and has been sacked from all three. Sampdoria after 6 defeats in 7 in October 2019. Sacked from Cagliari in February 2021 after a winless streak which stretched to 16 Serie A games. Now on Tuesday evening relieved of his duties after just 4 games in charge in all competitions at Hellas Verona.
Di Francesco’s recent record is staggering in Serie A, he is winless in his last 19 Serie A games spanning two clubs in Cagliari and Hellas Verona. His last win as a coach in Serie A was a 2-0 home win over Sampdoria in November 2020. Staggering that Hellas Verona took a punt on him in the summer and that has massively backfired.
Igor Tudor has come in to replace Eusebio Di Francesco and to stop the rot. The start of the season has just been awful. 3 defeats from 3 against Sassuolo, Inter Milan, and on Monday night against Bologna. Tudor’s job is now to come and stop the bleeding and propel Hellas Verona above the dotted line.
PREDICTED LINEUP | HELLAS VERONA (3-5-2)
Montipo, Dawidowicz, Magnani, Gunter, Faraoni, Ilic, Barak, Hongla, Lazovic, Lasagna, Simeone.
This is the perfect opportunity for Roma to add to Hellas Verona’s woes and continue with their fine form an excellent start to the Serie A campaign. Things can only get better for Hellas Verona after a horrific start to the season, the club and the fans will be hoping for that “new manager bounce” on Sunday evening and cause an upset this early in the season.