AS Roma are back in Serie A action on Sunday evening looking to end the perfect week after the November international break with a third win in a row against Ivan Juric Torino side.
AS Roma made it two wins in the space of four days with a comprehensive and professional 4-0 home win over Zorya Luhansk. That win confirmed AS Roma’s qualification from the group stage in the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League.
In all honesty, the 4-0 scoreline was not flattering at all, Roma dominated the game from start to finish and really should have won the game by a bigger margin. Tammy Abraham on any other day would have netted a hat-trick, it was good to see the English international get back to scoring ways in Roma colours after a tricky last month in front of goal. The last goal of his brace was outstanding a wonderful bicycle kick topped off an impressive performance.
Another player who stood out after some harsh criticism from fans on social media and the media in Italy during the international break was Nicolò Zaniolo. It seemed the chains were taken off and he was released from the shackles. Played as the second striker in Jose 3-4-1-2, Zaniolo gave a brilliant performance and showed what he can do after suffering two serious knee injuries. A goal and an assist and a warm embrace from Jose Mourinho after he was substituted with cramps. Hopefully going forward we get to see Zaniolo play in the centre in this new set up and it will get the best out of him and the team going forward.
Bryan Cristante and Gonzalo Villar are still missing from the squad after testing positive for Covid19 last Saturday. Jordan Veretout is suspended from the game on Sunday evening for an accumulation of yellow cards. There are also reports that Lorenzo Pellegrini could miss the game on Sunday due to knee inflammation, he was not risked for the game on Thursday evening.
PREDICTED XI | AS ROMA (3-4-1-2)
Rui Patricio, Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla, Karsdorp, Pellegrini, Darboe, El Shaarawy, Mkhitaryan, Zaniolo, Abraham.
Torino are the visitors to the Italian capital for week 14 in Serie A. Ivan Juric and his Torino side are 11th in the Serie A standings after thirteen games with seventeen points, only just four points behind city rival Juventus who are occupying 8th position in the Serie A standings.
The last six games for Torino have been very inconsistent with three wins and three defeats. There is a pattern, the results for Torino in the last six games go loss, win, loss, win, loss, and win. The three defeats are all by a single goal defeat and come away from home. First was a 1-0 defeat at Napoli, then at AC Milan, and then in the final game before the international break was a 1-0 away defeat at Spezia. The three wins were all in Turin, a 3-2 home win over Genoa. A 3-0 home win over Sampdoria and the final home win over Udinese after the November international break.
Ivan Juric is the Torino coach, he signed a three-year deal in the summer after his release from Hellas Verona. Juric spent twenty-two months in Verona after having three spells with Genoa spanning July 2016 to December 2018. Juric once was assistant manager to Gian Piero Gasperini, he follows his philosophy on how to play football. Juric likes to play the right way and plays an attacking brand of a 3-4-2-1 setup.
PREDICTED XI | TORINO (3-4-2-1)
Milinkovic Savic, Djidi, Bremer, Buongiorno, Singo, Pobega, Lukic, Vojvoda, Linetty, Brekalo, Belotti.