With Roma and Juventus cemented into their respective table positions, there’s little more to play for than pride in this one. With that in mind, and European fixtures around the corner for both clubs, Paulo Fonseca and Maurizio Sarri both must decide between keeping the consistency or resting players ahead of the continental ties.
While logic says to rest players who have had a very heavy workload over the last month or so, most of the major publications aren’t anticipating many changes to these teams’ starting XIs. Yet, it is entirely possible that Sarri and Fonseca opt for massive changes as discussed in our match preview.
For this one, Roma will be without Lorenzo Pellegrini, Antonio Mirante, and Davide Santon through injury and Gianluca Mancini through suspension. Other than that quartet, Fonseca will have plenty of choices no matter which strategy he approaches this match with.
As much as we’d all love to see Daniel Fuzato make his Roma, both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport have Pau Lopez between the sticks. Meanwhile, both Aleksandar Kolarov and Chris Smalling are projected to start in the three man back line with either Federico Fazio or Roger Ibañez replacing the suspended Mancini.
Moving into the midfield, both publications have Jordan Veretout and Amadou Diawara patrolling the center of the pitch with Leonardo Spinazzola and Bruno Peres running the flanks. Edin Dzeko is expected to lead the line as he continues his drive to push further up the Roma all-time scoring list.
Lastly, both publications have Henrikh Mkhitaryan playing in support of Dzeko. The big difference between the two is who starts alongside Micki. Currently, GdS has Carles Perez like last match. However, CdS is projecting the return to the starting line-up of Nicolò Zaniolo. If CdS is indeed on point, Zaniolo would make his first start since tearing his ACL against none other than the team he injured it against back in January. Wouldn’t a Zaniolo start and goal against the Bianconeri be a fitting way to mark The Kid’s full return?
Update: Fuzato and Calafiori to Start
FUZATO SEASON IS HERE!!!!!!! https://t.co/VAdb5HB6VB— Chiesa di Totti (@chiesaditotti) July 31, 2020
Take what you read earlier and throw at least some of it out the window. Minutes before our planned publication the team confirmed that two of its most anticipated prospects will start against Juve. Daniel Fuzato at keeper and Riccardo Calafiori at left wing back will get their first Roma starts. What that means for the rest of the XI remains to be seen, but if Fonseca follows this trend it could mean a young line-up with plenty of rest for the regular starters.
How would you like Fonseca to approach this match?
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Rest all the big guns. Can’t risk injures or fatigue ahead of the Europa League.
Keep the consistency and strive to build more momentum heading into the Europa League.