The 3-4-2-1 continues to pay dividends for the Giallorossi as they picked up their fifth win in seven matches on Sunday since making the switch. The change in set-up, along with a fairly consistent starting XI, has allowed Roma to raise it’s game over the last three weeks. With fifth place and automatic qualification in the Europa League group stage just a win away, Paulo Fonseca will look to keep the consistency.
With that in mind, expect little turnover from Sunday’s win at the Olimpico against Torino. The injured list remains fairly short for this one. Roger Ibañez, Cengiz Ünder, and Davide Santon all returned to full training on Monday. That leaves Antonio Mirante as the only holdover from last week’s injured list. However, joining him on the sidelines is Lorenzo Pellegrini, who had successful nasal surgery after breaking his nose in a collision during Sunday’s match. Pellegrini is expected to be ready for Europa League action next week.
With Ibañez just back to first team training after missing the last few matches, he’s not expected to start against Il Toro. With that in mind, the defense will remain unchanged from Sunday: Smalling, Mancini, and Kolarov in front of Pau Lopez.
Moving into the midfield, Leonardo Spinazzola and Bruno Peres, who continue to impress in this new look for the Giallorossi, will retain their places on the wings. Sunday’s match winner, Jordan Veretout will again take up his place in the center of the pitch. Who starts alongside him is one of the few question marks for Wednesday’s match. Amadou Diawara is currently a slight favorite to start over Bryan Cristante. However, don’t be surprised if Diawara is rested.
Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko will lead the line in attack. He will be supported by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and likely Carles Perez. Perez is currently a slight favorite over Nicolò Zaniolo. Zaniolo has yet to play more than 34 minutes since his return from injury, which likely gives Perez the edge.