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Projected Formations: Roma v. Viktoria Plzen

The Giallorossi will be dealing with some injuries after Saturday’s derby victory.

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Roma claimed the Derby della Capitale on Saturday in impressive fashion, but they didn’t escape the game unscathed. During the course of the match, Roma lost both Javier Pastore and Daniele De Rossi to injury. Both will remain out and were left off Tuesday’s squad list. Additionally, it was revealed that despite scoring a delicious free kick, Aleksander Kolarov played the derby with a micro-fracture in his foot. Even though he was included in the squad list, it’s likely Kolarov will be rested on Tuesday. Diego Perotti who has been out injured also didn’t make the cut for Tuesday.

Despite Roma’s recent success while employing a 4-2-3-1 formation because of the aforementioned injuries it’s likely that EDF reverts back to a 4-3-3 for this match. However, there’s still a chance EdF sticks with the 4-2-3-1. As is to be expected, Robin Olsen will remain between the sticks. In front of him, it’s possible that Davide Santon will shift from the right to left to spell Kolarov, who will try to convince the coach he’s good to go. Meanwhile, Alessandro Florenzi will return to right back after playing higher up the pitch Saturday. Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio will retain their positions in the center of defense.

With De Rossi and Pastore both out injured, only Steven N’Zonzi remains from Saturday’s starting midfield. He will sit in front of the defense, flanked by derby hero Lorenzo Pellegrini and Bryan Cristante, if EdF shifts to a three man midfield. If he decides to stay 4-2-3-1 then Cristante will flank N’Zonzi with Pellegrini in the trequartista role. In attack, Edin Dzeko will look to break out of his scoring slump. He will likely be flanked by Cengiz Ünder and Justin Kluivert after EDF hinted at a the Dutchman getting a start during his presser.

Roma (4-3-3): Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov (Santon); Lorenzo Pellegrini, Nzonzi, Cristante; Ünder, Dzeko, Kluivert. All. Di Francesco


Roma (4-2-3-1): Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov (Santon); Cristante, Nzonzi; Ünder, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Kluivert; Dzeko