Fiorentina v Roma Women preview: Bartoli back as Serie A resumes

Roma Women return from a three-week break on Saturday as they visit Fiorentina.

Half an eye will already be on next week’s Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Juventus, but first there are league matters to attend to.

After winning their last two Serie A matches before the international break, Roma are bidding for a third in a row. As they travel to Florence, they are also pursuing a first away win since the first game of February.

Just one place separates the two sides going into the match; Roma are in fourth, five points above Fiorentina. Whatever the outcome of the match, Roma will remain in their current position.

But building momentum is key and this game is the perfect chance to do so. Fiorentina are not the force they have been in recent years and before going into the international break with a win, they lost five games in a row.

Roma will have to work hard to break them down, though. And in a blow to their chances of doing so, Andressa Alves is not in the squad.

Another absentee is backup goalkeeper Rachele Baldi, so Camelia Ceasar will go unchallenged for a starting berth.

However, the good news is that Elisa Bartoli is back from injury. The captain will likely return at left-back, possibly pushing Angelica Soffia – who made her senior Italy debut this week as a reward for her fine season – back over to the opposite side, or out of the lineup altogether.

It will be interesting to see if Betty Bavagnoli rests any players with a view to the Juventus game. But as always, she and her players will be focusing on one task at a time.

The game kicks off at 11:30am UK time.

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