Roma Women v Milan preview: Second Supercoppa Italiana attempt

Roma Women return from the winter break with a Supercoppa Italiana semi-final against AC Milan on Wednesday.

After winning seven games in a row at the back end of 2021, Roma are hoping to enter the new year in positive fashion, although a tough task awaits.

For the second year running, they are competing in the Supercoppa Italiana, which they will hope to use as a platform for further success. Last year, taking Juventus to extra time in the semi-final was a positive step and a catalyst for a better 2021, so now the challenge is to go at least one step further.

Roma beat Milan to win the Coppa Italia in May and now face the same opponent for a place in the final of the Supercoppa.

The two sides drew 1-1 in their only Serie A meeting since the cup final, which was also a draw after 120 minutes, so it could be another close, competitive encounter.

Roma will be without defensive leader Elena Linari due to Covid-19, but Allyson Swaby – the only Giallorosse player to ever score in a Supercoppa game – will be able to play ahead of her imminent departure from the club.

Recent signing Emilie Haavi has also been included in the squad list.

The game kicks off at 1:30pm UK time, before the day’s other semi-final between Juventus and Sassuolo at 4:30pm. The winners will contest the final on Saturday.

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