AS Roma vs Hellas Verona: Match Preview

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AS Roma will be looking to pick up their first win since the January international break as they take on a rejuvenated Hellas Verona side who are enjoying life in the top ten under Igor Tudor.

It was another disappointing flat display on Sunday as Roma travelled to Emilia-Romagna to take on Sassuolo. A Bryan Cristante salvaged a late point for Roma against ten men after Gian Marco Ferrari was sent off for two yellow cards. Roma spluttered their way to a point that felt like a defeat after the lackluster performance they put in. Leading 1-0 at halftime thanks to a Tammy Abraham penalty, Sassuolo hit back in the second half thanks to a Chris Smalling own goal and a Hamad Traore goal.

The performances recently have not been good enough, a time for a change in the tactical setup must be done. Most Roma fans were calling for a change from the stodgy 3-5-2 to a more fluid 4-2-3-1 which worked so well in a couple of games before the January international break. To be fair to Jose Mourinho, he changed it up on Sunday evening and it worked to some point.

Roma looked better going forward against a ten men Sassuolo side. The balance of the setup was better, it is something to ponder on going into the next few weeks of games. Because to be honest the football isn’t pretty to watch and it is getting tougher to watch this Roma side play this season.

PREDICTED XI | ROMA (4-2-3-1)

Rui Patricio, Maitland-Niles, Kumbulla, Smalling, Vina, Cristante, Oliviera, Veretout, Pellegrini, Felix, Abraham.

Hellas Verona are enjoying life in Serie A under Igor Tudor, just imagine if he started the season in Verona and not Eusebio Di Francesco. Di Francesco started the season and was fired after three games of this campaign. Hellas Verona had lost all three and sat bottom of the Serie A standings.

Fast forward to February and Hellas Verona is in the ninth position in the Serie A standings. Thirty-six points from twenty-five games played see Igor Tudor side sit comfortably in the top half of Serie A league table and are just four points behind their opponents on who they play on Saturday evening.

Hellas Verona’s form in 2022 has been excellent, twelve points from a possible eighteen with four wins out and two defeats out of six. The first of the two defeats were the second game back in 2022 and a shock home defeat to bottom side Salernitana. The second and final defeat so far this year was the first weekend back after the latest international break and that was a 2-0 away defeat in Turin against Juventus. The four wins were against Spezia which was a 2-1 away win on Epiphany, a cracking 4-2 away win at Sassuolo where Antonin Barak was the star, then back-to-back home wins over Bologna 2-1 and Udinese in the latest round of action winning 4-0.

PREDICTED XI | HELLAS VERONA (3-4-2-1)

Montipo, Casale, Gunter, Ceccherini, Depaoli, Veloso, Tameze, Lazovic, Lasagna, Barak, Simeone.

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