Roma Women will play Pomigliano for the first time ever on Saturday, looking to continue their positive start to the season against the promoted side.
One of the new opponents for the 2021-22 Serie A Femminile season, Pomigliano are based near Naples and won promotion as the runners up in Serie B last season. They lost their first game in the top flight to champions Juventus, but a late fightback earned them a first point against Empoli last week.
Roma, meanwhile, have won both of their games and, going into matchday three, sit at the top of the table. With this the last game before an international break, Alessandro Spugna’s side will be aiming to make it a perfect nine points in the first phase of the season.
Interestingly, this game comes a few days after the two sides learned they will be in the same Coppa Italia group – along with Tavagnacco – this season. For now, though, the focus is on the league.
Spugna has virtually a full-strength squad to work with, although summer signing Joyce Borini is still not available and Primavera captain Eleonora Pacioni, who came on for her senior debut last week, has reported an injury. Likewise, Serena Landa and Alice Corelli, two other younger talents, remain out.
It remains to be seen whether Spugna will take this opportunity to rotate his lineup, or to use similar starters to the ones who have built up this early momentum.
For the opponents, one familiar face will be Marija Banusic, who scored one spectacular goal and did little else in a six-month stay in the capital before joining Pomigliano this summer.
They also have a Yorkshire-born player among their ranks; defender Danielle Cox hails from Keighley and previously played for the likes of Doncaster Belles and Sheffield United. She was one of their goalscorers against Empoli.
Roma will be hoping for a result more similar to the one Juventus earned against Pomigliano than Empoli did. And with several of their players called up for the upcoming international break, they could be full of motivation to prepare for those challenges ahead in an ideal manner.
The game kicks off at 4:30pm UK time.