Roma will be looking to prepare for their Europa League clash with Manchester United in positive fashion when they visit Cagliari for their last Serie A game of April.
Without a win in their last three games, Roma need to turn things around so they can build some momentum for Thursday’s crucial encounter in England.
With Cagliari currently in the relegation zone, they could be an ideal opponent for Roma to face at this moment in time. However, they will be fighting for every point they can get, much like Torino who beat Paulo Fonseca’s side last week, so it will not be easy.
Roma are likely to rotate their lineup somewhat after Thursday’s draw with Atalanta. Fonseca refused to reveal who he would be changing, but did confirm there will be a few different players on show.
Among those returning to the squad are Chris Smalling, Leonardo Spinazzola, Marash Kumbulla and Stephan El Shaarawy. It is not yet clear which one is most ready to play, but if any of them can contribute, it would be a big help.
Gianluca Mancini is suspended for Thursday’s game in Manchester, so it seems likely he will keep his place for this game as there is little point in resting him. As for the other starters against Atalanta, Fonseca could change anyone.
Mancini was one of the scorers when Roma won the reverse fixture 3-2. Jordan Veretout and Edin Dzeko both also found the net that day, but they may be in greater need of a rest.
Roma’s last visit to Sardinia was a 4-3 win last March in the final game before lockdown. Of the Giallorossi’s goalscorers that day, only Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains at the club, but it remains to be seen if he will start this game.
Joao Pedro scored a brace for Cagliari that day and will be a danger man again. One opponent who will not feature, though, is Radja Nainggolan, who is suspended and will not face his former club. And the Rossoblu are also without their main goalkeeper Alessio Cragno, so Roma will look to take advantage.
The game kicks off at 5pm and will be shown live on Free Sports.