Serie A Preview | Verona vs. Roma: Tudor’s debut against Mourinho

by | Sep 18, 2021 16:22

Igor Tudor makes his debut as Verona coach at the Stadio Bentegodi against José Mourinho’s Roma.

After three defeats in three games, the Gialloblu sacked Eusebio Di Francesco, bringing in the Croatian coach who served as Andrea Pirlo’s assistant at Juventus last term.

Salernitana is the only other Serie A club without a point in the table.

Verona have Miguel Veloso and Adrien Tameze on the treatment table. Giovanni Simeone and Kevin Lasagna are expected to start up front.

Roma beat CSKA Sofia in their first UEFA Conference League group stage game on Thursday.

Chris Smalling played full 90 minutes midweek and is expected to make his Serie A debut in season 2021-22 on Sunday.

Although Matias Vina is expected to start, he is not fully fit and with Leonardo Spinazzola still on the sidelines with an Achilles tendon injury, Mourinho could consider Riccardo Calafiori at left-back.

Form Guide: Hellas Verona (L L L) Roma (W W W)

Stat fact: Roma have lost only two of their last 30 games against Verona in Serie A.

Probable line-ups

Verona (3-5-2) Montipò; Dawidowicz, Gunter, Magnani; Faraoni, Ilic, Hongla, Barak, Lazovic; Simeone, Lasagna

Suspended: none

Injured: Casale, Miguel Veloso, Tameze. Ruegg and Frabotta in doubt

On a yellow card: none

Roma (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Smalling, Vina; Cristante, Veretout; Mkhitaryan; Lo. Pellegrini, Zaniolo; Abraham

Suspended: none

Injured: Spinazzola

On a yellow card: none

 

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