AS Roma are looking for a fourth successive win in all competitions as they travel to Udine to take on Udinese on Sunday evening. Roma have won the last three games in Serie A and Europa Conference league and have won them all 1-0.
Added to the two 1-0 wins in Serie A over Spezia and last weekend over Atalanta, Roma travelled to Holland to take on Vitesse Arnhem in the first leg of round of sixteen in the Europa Conference League. Played on a dreadful pitch in Arnhem, Roma managed to pull off a 1-0 away win with a battling dogged performance which we have become accustomed to in recent matches. Sergio Oliveira‘s first-half goal before the halftime whistle came against the run of the play, as the hosts dominated in play and really should have been ahead after Lois Openda’s horrible miss from close range after a poor Rui Patricio clearance.
The second half was a different Roma, Jose Mourinho made smart half-time substitutions which added stability in the wing-back roles and midfield. Stephan El Shaarawy, Bryan Cristante, and Rick Karsdorp replaced Matias Vina, Jordan Veretout, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The changes worked and it added a bit of balance to the XI.
Sergio Oliveira was sent off for two yellows in the second half. Roma had to dig deep in the last part of the game, and they did with flying colours. A third win in a row in all competitions without conceding a goal. We are seeing a different Roma now under Jose Mourinho, it has taken time, but we are reaping the rewards.
Roma will be without the suspended duo of Marash Kumbulla and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the clash in Udine. Mkhitaryan was sending off in the dying embers of the game last Saturday against Atalanta for two yellow cards. Marash Kumbulla was booked and will miss the game due to suspension, a big loss as the Albanian defender has really flourished in defence in recent months.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-4-1-2)
Rui Patricio, Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Cristante, Oliveira, El Shaarawy, Pellergini, Zaniolo, Abraham.
Udinese are welcoming Roma to the wonderful, redeveloped Dacia Arena on Sunday evening. Udinese are in fourteenth in the Serie A standings with twenty-nine points from twenty-six games. Sampdoria are in fifteenth with twenty-six points from twenty-eight games. Udinese have two games in hand over clubs around them in the Serie A standings. To start the year, Udinese had both games against Salernitana, and Fiorentina postponed to a later date due to Covid19 breakout.
In 2022 for Gabriele Cioffi and Udinese it has been an inconsistent start to the year. Two wins from eight games with three draws and three defeats. The year started off with back-to-back defeats against Atalanta and Juventus. Atalanta won 6-2 in Udine; Juventus won 2-0 at home in Turin. Genoa drew 0-0 with Udinese in Genoa. This was the first of Genoa’s six draws in a row.
In the first game back after the January international break, Udinese defeated Torino 2-0. Hellas Verona defeated Udinese away in Verona 4-0. In the next three games, Cioffi’s Udinese side are unbeaten with two draws and a win. Back-to-back draws in Rome against Lazio and at home to AC Milan was followed up last weekend with a home 2-1 win over Sampdoria. The first win in over a month for Udinese. All three goals in this game were scored in the first thirteen minutes of the game.
PREDICTED XI | UDINESE (3-5-2)
Silvestri, Becao, Perez, Pablo Mari, Molini, Pereyra, Arslan, Makengo, Udogie, Beto, Deulofeu.