As Roma Women continue their preparation for the Coppa Italia final at the end of this month, they come up against one of the teams they beat on their journey to that stage in their next Serie A match on Sunday.
Roma travel to face Florentia as they look for a first win in three games, after the loss to Juventus that still put them in the cup final and a draw in the league with their opponents for that showpiece, Milan.
When these two sides last met, Roma won 6-1 in February, wrapping up a 10-1 aggregate win in the quarter-finals. Paloma Lazaro scored a brace in the first leg and Agnese Bonfantini in the second, while Annamaria Serturini netted once in each match. Now they face off in a different competition, as both look to finish the league season strongly.
After Sassuolo’s win over Bari on Saturday, Roma can no longer finish any higher than fourth. In reality, they have known that for quite some time, but have still been trying to build momentum and a win would guarantee they won’t finish any lower than that either.
One of the form teams in Serie A, Roma will be looking to keep up their recent resurgence. They are also looking for back-to-back away league wins for the first time this season after beating Fiorentina on their last visit to Tuscany.
Roma had to get through that challenge without Andressa Alves last month and the Brazilian remains out with injury. It means there is a good chance of Betty Bavagnoli fielding an unchanged lineup for the fourth game in a row.
Last week, that lineup failed to score against Milan, but Roma have not gone two consecutive games without a goal this season. And with Florentia conceding 17 goals across their last three matches, they should be confident of a high-scoring match this time.
The game kicks off at 2pm UK time.