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Roma v Chievo

Were there to be a term to aptly describe AS Roma 2010-11, it might be bete noir. Only it's not terribly accurate as it's too widespread, as they've just not been very good.

However, there is one true bete noir, a problem creeping up Saturday afternoon: Stefano Sorrentino.

He is, in a word or three, a @#$%ing nuisance. In ways, the bark is more than the bite, as Roma is 3-2-0 against him in his Chievo career, with goals in four of those fixtures.

However, a problem still exists in that he has foiled Roma at nearly every turn, defying the simple law of percentages, and leaving them with a greater problem: Roma need be absolutely perfect on the back end in order to take victory. They have conceded to Chievo in one of those games, and that one game was a draw. Four clean sheets has it required to even pray for a win.

So, you know, perfection. That's all.

At home, too.

Feel free to begin drinking early tomorrow. As usual.

Squad

1 BOGDAN LOBONT
3 PAOLO CASTELLINI
4 JUAN SILVEIRA DOS SANTOS
7 DAVID PIZARRO
9 MIRKO VUCINIC
10 FRANCESCO TOTTI
11 RODRIGO FERRANTE TADDEI
15 SIMONE LORIA
16 DANIELE DE ROSSI
17 JOHN ARNE RIISE
20 SIMONE PERROTTA
22 MARCO BORRIELLO
23 LEANDRO GRECO
25 GUILLERMO BURDISSO
29 NICOLAS BURDISSO
30 SIMPLICIO FABIO HENRIQUE
32 DONIEBER ALEXANDER MARANGON (DONI)
33 MATTEO BRIGHI
40 ALEX PENA
45 STEFANO PETTINARI
47 GIANLUCA CAPRARI
77 MARCO CASSETTI
87 ALEANDRO ROSI
94 JEREMY MENEZ

XI

Doni
Cassetti, Burdisso, Juan, Riise
DDR, Pizarro
Menez, Perrotta, Vucinic
Totti.

Totti, party.

Game:
Saturday, 1230 CET