AS Roma vs Empoli
Italian Serie A, Italy
Date: Monday, 11th February 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy
AS Roma will be looking for redemption on Monday following their exit from the Champions League last midweek. Giallorossi are aiming for three points under new boss, Claudio Ranieri, as they host struggling Empoli.
AS Roma vs Empoli Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear up for an intriguing Italian Serie A fixture. Let’s take a close look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting maximum points.
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Olsen(g)Karsdrop, Manolas, Marcano, Santon(def);N’Zonzi, Cristante(mid);Florenzi, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy(att mid);Shick(att)
Expected Formation: 3-5-2
Probable Lineups: Dragowski(g)Veseli, Silvestre, Dell”Orco(def)Di Lorenzo, Bennacer, Krunic, Acquah, Pasqual(mid);Caputo, Farias(att).
Before heading into this Monday Serie A fixture, both teams have already been involved in several other matches. Let’s check out the results that they have been getting recently to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DLWWL
After such good results in early February, things suddenly turn sour for Roma recently. I Lupi suffered two massive consecutive defeats, beaten in the derby by Lazio and sent packing from UCL by Porto.
Those two loses ended Eusebio Di Francesco’s tenure at Roma as he got replaced by Claudio Ranieri. The veteran tactician will hope that his appointment can bring an immediately effect against Empoli.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :DLWLD
Giuseppe Iachini’s men haven’t been in a good form either as they only won one of their last five matches. Gli Azzurri’s latest league fixture was an intense 3-3 home draw against Parma.
Playing away from home won’t be an easy task for Empoli, but they will try their best. Iachini will be hoping that Roma’s recent internal crisis are affecting their performance on Monday.
Not only experiencing disappointing results, Roma are also having players crisis ahead of Monday game. Important names such as, Kolarov, Fazio, Edin Dzeko are out due to suspension.
Meanwhile there’s also other injured list with De Rossi, Cengiz Under, Javier Pastore and Lorenzo Pellegrini. That condition basically means that Patrick Schick should be getting the nod up front to lead the line.
Iachini has a much better issue with absentee as only Lorenzo Polvani and Marcel Buchel are confirmed to be out. However, the condition of Levan Mchedlidze along with Luca Antonelli remain doubtful.
Empoli are set to start Diego Farias and Francesco Caputo as their attacking duo next Monday. Dragowski in goal is hoping to have an excellent match and help his team snatch points from Roma.
Head to Head Records:
Last five meetings between both sides unsurprisingly have been dominated by Roma with four wins and one draw.
The latest time they battle each other at Olimpico stadium, back on April 2, 2017, Giallorossi ended as winner with a 2-0 score line.
Going through a managerial change at this stage of season, Roma will hope that the players remain focus. New boss, Ranieri, will hope that his side can take maximum points on Monday.
It won’t be an easy task though as Empoli are also gunning for victory to improve their position in the standings. This encounter could turn into an interesting one due to Roma’s recent problems.
Final Score: 1-1