Florentia v Roma Women preview: Chance to set record winning run

Roma Women could set their longest run of consecutive victories if they beat Florentia on Sunday.

Victory over Sassuolo a fortnight ago made it four wins on the bounce for Betty Bavagnoli’s side – with only one goal conceded in that time – and another victory on top of that would be unprecedented for the club.

One of the key players in that most recent win was attacking midfielder Andressa Alves, but the Brazilian will not be available for the trip to San Gimignano due to an injury suffered on international duty. Therefore, one of Agnese Bonfantini, Giada Greggi and Andrine Hegerberg – all of whom came on as substitutes in the last match – is likely to reclaim their starting berth.

There will be a familiar face for the opponents, as Emma Lipman will line up in the defence. The English-born defender – who has since made her international debut for Malta – represented Roma last season, being the most-used player in her centre-back position. Ever-present so far for her new club, she will likely play a key part.

  

After losing their first three games, Florentia have beaten Bari and Orobica – two sides struggling near the foot of the table in these early rounds. Roma, then, represent a step up in quality for the opponents, and will be hoping to pile the pressure on the top two, in what will be an exciting weekend in Serie A Femminile.

First-placed Juventus take on second-placed AC Milan at almost the same time as Roma’s clash. While it will be impossible for Roma to end the matchday top of the table, they would rise to second for the first time ever with a win (or possibly a draw) if Juventus avoid defeat.

Roma’s match kicks off at 1:30pm UK time.

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