Strike that. Reverse it. Roma is Roma, so there's a plethora of reasons that there could be a Roman letdown this weekend. A letdown wouldn't be surprising, especially coming off an emotional win against title defenders Juventus in the previous round, which was followed by a long international break recently. Oh, and Roma is playing a Serie A newcomer in Frosinone, and as JonAS pointed out, the giallorossi has been known to struggle against the minnows. A win and three points would be a great display of focus and intention, but a tie wouldn't be surprising to see either, and would probably leave most fans yelling 'Just like the gypsy woman said!'
While there's many story lines on the field to delve into, there's a couple of story lines off the field that are important, and need to be covered first. Over the international break, in a shrewd move to spread brand Roma, club president James Pallotta held a press conference to unveil Roma's Football Cares initiative; the goal of the initiative is for all football clubs to raise money for the refugee crisis. Roma Cares has morphed into Football Cares, so it's no surprise that Roma will don the new initiative on its jerseys tomorrow. It would be ludicrous to not take advantage of this PR coup. The other important off the field story line is the introduction of goal line technology for the match.
As far as on the field story lines go, Roma will be without the services of midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who was injured on international duty over the break and is projected to be out of action for a few weeks. Losing Pjanic is a big blow for Roma's offense. The club's attack is much more lethal and potent when Pjanic is playing and in good form, as he was against Juventus. The favorites to replace Pjanic in the midfield are Turkish phenom Salih Ucan and William Vainqueuer, who is looking to make his Roma debut.
Manager Rudi Garcia also has a few decisions to make in the defensive department, with starting right back Maicon fit again and new defender Antonio Rudiger finally fit as well. It looks like Garcia will most likely choose to keep playing Alessandro Florenzi at right back, and may start midfielder Daniele De Rossi at center back again in order to continue easing Leandro Castan and Rudiger back into competitive play after their respective injuries. Offensively, Garcia has many options to choose from up front, and if early reports are true, fans could get their first glimpse of talisman Francesco Totti in the 2015-16 campaign (reaction below).
Serie A newcomer Frosinone has had a rough welcome to Italy's top flight so far, losing its first two matches to Torino and Atalanta. Already in the Serie A cellar, the club will probably be weary of losing a third match in a row to start the season considering its meteoric rise to Serie A (Frosinone was in Serie C just three years ago). Frosinone has taken a number of young prospects on loan, including a Roman prospect, in order to hopefully sustain the club's success and avoid relegation.
Frosinone managed to land Juventus goalkeeper Nicola Leali, Inter Milan striker Samuele Longo, and Roma winger Daniele Verde on loan deals this summer. Leali is considered to be one of the best young goalkeepers in Italy, along with Mattia Perin and Simone Scuffet, and he's been a solid option in goal. Longo has logged a significant amount of minutes at striker as well, however Verde has yet to make an impact at the club. Maybe Verde will get a chance to show what he can do in front of his parent club this weekend. In defense, Frosinone has a few players familiar with Rome: former Roma player Aleandro Rosi and former Lazio man Mobido Diakite.
Look for Frosinone to lineup in a 4-4-2 formation, while Roma should trot out the usual 4-3-3 formation that manager Rudi Garcia has become so accustomed to. Official lineups will be posted on tomorrow's game thread, which will be put up a little bit before game time.