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Wednesday February 23 2011
Line-ups: Montella drops Totti

Vincenzo Montella's first line-up in charge of Roma has Francesco Totti benched in the game that was snowed off against Bologna last month.

The January 30 encounter at the Stadio Dall'Ara lasted around 16 minutes and was abandoned when snowfall became too intense to continue.

As the match was halted when Bologna were about to take a corner kick, play will resume from that moment.

Montella makes his debut at 17.30 UK time after replacing Claudio Ranieri, though he misses the injured Simone Perrotta, Paolo Castellini and Adriano.

Ranieri upset Totti by often leaving him on the bench, but new boss and former teammate Montella has done the same, picking Marco Borriello in a 4-2-3-1 system.

David Pizarro returns for his first start of 2011, supporting Rodrigo Taddei, Fabio Simplicio and Mirko Vucinic.

Julio Sergio and Juan are dropped in favour of Alexandre Doni and Philippe Mexes, while Jeremy Menez joins Totti on the touchline.

Under the Serie A rules, the Rossoblu will be without the players who were suspended that day – Henry Gimenez, Vangelis Moras, Diego Perez and Daniele Portanova. On the injury list are Albin Ekdal and Gyorgy Garics.

Bologna: 1 Viviano; 32 Casarini, 16 Esposito, 6 Britos, 21 Cherubin; 5 Mutarelli, 26 Mudingayi, 7 Della Rocca; 10 Ramirez; 69 Meggiorini, 9 Di Vaio.

Bologna bench: 22 Lupatelli, 19 Rubin, 3 Morleo, 24 Buscè, Khrin, 77 Siligardi, 35 Paponi

Roma: 32 Doni; 77 Cassetti, 5 Mexes, 29 N Burdisso, 17 Riise; 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro; 11 Taddei, 30 Simplicio, 9 Vucinic; 22 Borriello

Roma bench: 27 Julio Sergio, 87 Rosi, 4 Juan, 23 Greco, 33 Brighi, 10 Totti, 94 Menez

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