Cagliari v Roma preview: Unchanged setup expected in Sardinia

Roma are in Sardinia to face Cagliari in a midweek match on Wednesday, looking to halt a run of three games without a win.

Since returning from the international break, Roma have lost to Juventus and Bodo/Glimt, before most recently drawing with Napoli. Both performances in the league were adequate, but the club are still looking to get back on track from the European humiliation six days ago.

Their focus is on Serie A again today after they travelled to Sardinia, aiming to bring three points home.

Cagliari are currently the league’s basement side, although they would climb out of the relegation zone if they were to beat Roma – who themselves could end the day anywhere between third and seventh.

Jose Mourinho announced in the aftermath of the Napoli draw that he would be using exactly the same starting lineup again. Therefore, the players taking to the field – barring any late injuries – will be Rui Patricio, Rick Karsdorp, Gianluca Mancini, Roger Ibanez, Matias Vina, Bryan Cristante, Jordan Veretout, Nicolo Zaniolo, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Tammy Abraham.

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Mourinho has once again left Amadou Diawara, Gonzalo Villar, Bryan Reynolds and Borja Mayoral at home as a consequence of their performances in Norway last week. Marash Kumbulla, though, has been recalled – partially out of necessity due to a lack of depth in defence.

Mourinho himself will not be on the touchline after his red card against Napoli, leaving assistant Joao Sacramento in charge of affairs. It will likely be Mourinho’s instructions being followed, though, meaning a similar approach to usual – in terms of personnel and style – can be expected.

Roma lost their last trip to Cagliari 3-2 back in April, after beating them by the same score in their home fixture last season. These games have often been full of goals in recent years, although neither side have been particularly prolific so far this term.

This encounter kicks off at 7:45pm UK time and will be live on BT Sport 3.

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