Line-ups: Roma v Crotone

by | May 9, 2021 15:55 | Crotone, Latest, Roma

Paulo Fonseca is forced to reshuffle his Roma side again and gives Ebrima Darboe his first start, facing Crotone striker Nwankwo Simy.

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), you can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

Paulo Fonseca is forced to reshuffle his Roma side again and gives Ebrima Darboe his first start, facing Crotone striker Nwankwo Simy.

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), you can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

This is one of Fonseca’s final matches at the helm, as Jose Mourinho will take over from next season, but he is at least going out on something of a high after a 3-2 Europa League semi-final win over Manchester United.

It wasn’t enough to make up for the 6-2 first leg defeat, but it did claw back some dignity for the Giallorossi.

It also added to the already extensive injury list, which includes Pau Lopez, Leonardo Spinazzola, Carles Perez, Chris Smalling, Amadou Diawara, Stephan El Shaarawy, Jordan Veretout, Gonzalo Villar, Riccardo Calafiori and Nicolò Zaniolo.

Gianluca Mancini also sits out a ban in defence and Federico Fazio has tonsillitis.

Daniel Fuzato gets the nod in goal and Fonseca has shelved the three-man defence for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Pedro, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan supporting Borja Mayoral.

There’s a first Serie A start for 19-year-old Ebrima Darboe, who impressed coming off the bench against Manchester United on Thursday.

He came to Italy on a refugee boat from Gambia only five years ago and represents a wonderful success story.

Crotone have already been relegated for quite a while, but that hasn’t stopped them putting up quite a fight, especially since Serse Cosmi took over.

Simy is the star of the show with 19 goals this season, while Junior Messias is also expected to light up the transfer market this summer.

Roma: Fuzato; Reynolds, Kumbulla, Ibanez, Karsdorp; Darboe, Cristante; Pellegrini, Pedro, Mkhitaryan; Mayoral

Crotone: Cordaz; Djidji, Golemic, Magallan; Molina, Messias, Cigarini, Benali, Reca; Ounas, Simy.

Ref: Sozza

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