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Roma vs. Carpi Match Preview

Roma host Serie A minnows Carpi Saturday morning in a match that manager Rudi Garcia must win in order to keep his job.

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Tomorrow morning's home match against Carpi is a must win for Roma. The giallorossi trained this week amidst rumors that manager Rudi Garcia could be replaced following a poor run of results recently that saw the team drop points against mid table clubs Sassuolo and Sampdoria.


Roma captain Francesco Totti is healthy enough to play this week, however defender Antonio Rudiger will not be called up for the match. Of course, Totti being healthy enough to play nowadays doesn't guarantee he'll actually play. Garcia will most likely stick to his 4-3-3 formation for the Carpi match, with midfielder Daniele De Rossi filling in at center back once again for the still injured Rudiger. While it looks like Alessandro Florenzi will get the start at right back, there's a slim chance that Maicon could start over him this week.

Roma v.CarpiSeptember 26 18:00 CET, 12:00 EDT Stadio Olimpico Roma, Italia

Summer signing William Vainqueur looks set to make his first appearance for Roma, starting in the midfield alongside Seydou Keita and Miralem Pjanic. Another change in the starting lineup may be at winger, where Gervinho could replace Iago Falque. Mohamed Salah is a lock at the other wing position, as is Edin Dzeko at striker.


Carpi enter the match tomorrow without a win in Serie A play, having lost three matches and drawn two matches so far. The relegation favorites may lineup in a 3-5-2 formation, with former Roma man (and lady killer) Marco Borriello getting the start at striker. Carpi have a formidable goalkeeper in Zeljko Brkic, who stands tall at 6 feet 6 inches. Other than former players coming back to haunt them and average goalkeepers becoming Superman, Roma shouldn't have too much to worry about.

Carpi has only scored 5 goals in 5 matches, while conceding 10 goals in that span. The team averages 38% possession in its matches, and has an abysmal 74% passing rate as well. They also have 15 yellow cards this year, which averages out to 3 yellow cards per match.

Roma's Probable Formation (4-3-3): 26 De Sanctis, 24 Florenzi, 44 Manolas, 16 De Rossi, 3 Digne, 21 Vainqueur, 20 Keita, 15 Pjanic, 11 Salah, 9 Dzeko, 27 Gervinho

Carpi's Probable Formation (3-5-2): 1 Brkic; 5 Zaccardo (C), 21 Romagnoli, 6 Gagliolo; 3 Letizia, 8 Bianco, 23 Cofie, 58 Fedele, 34 Gabriel Silva; 7 Matos, 12 Borriello

Prediction: Roma 2- Carpi 1. The team helps manager Rudi Garcia earn a stay of execution for now, but the win will still be unconvincing.