Paulo Fonseca’s switch to the 3-4-2-1 has brought marked improvements to a struggling Roma side. Thanks to the switch to a three man back line, the Giallorossi have won three straight matches. And from the look of things, this formation switch will continue until at least the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Roma’s relatively clean bill of health will continue into this match. With Chris Smalling returning to training this week, Fonseca will only be without Antonio Mirante, Davide Santon, and Federico Fazio—all of whom are reserves.
The return of Smalling will be a welcome sight for Romanisti. However, the Englishman will be unlikely to start on Sunday. With Smalling starting from the bench, we will likely see the same defensive trio in front of Pau Lopes as on Wednesday. Expect post-Covid breakout player Roger Ibañez to center Gianluca Mancini and Aleksandar Kolarov.
Moving up the pitch, both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport have Bryan Cristante replacing Amadou Diawara in the heart of the midfield alongside Jordan Veretout. Flanking them on the wings will be Bruno Peres and Leonardo Spinazzola—two players who have benefited greatly from the switch to a wing back role.
Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko will lead the Roma attack as the lone striker. Supporting Dzeko will likely be Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini. However, there is a chance that Carles Perez could get the nod ahead of Pellegrini.