Roma Women v Juventus preview: Fans return at Stadio Tre Fontane

Roma Women belatedly return from the recent international break on Saturday with a home game against reigning Serie A Femminile champions Juventus.

Roma were meant to get back in action last week against Inter, but the game was postponed due to Covid-19 cases among the opposition. Now, they can finally get underway again, looking to preserve their three-game winning start.

They are set to face their toughest opponent since Alessandro Spugna took charge, though. Juventus are visiting having never lost to Roma in Serie A, although the Giallorosse did overcome them on their journey to winning the Coppa Italia last season.

Juve have started the season in predictably strong form with four wins from four, so Roma are ready for a battle.

They will go into it with their own fans behind them, with a 50% capacity crowd allowed to return to Stadio Tre Fontane for the first time in almost two years.

Not all the players will be available to witness it on the pitch, though. Midfield duo Manuela Giugliano and Claudia Ciccotti are both out with injury, while Joyce Borini, Alice Corelli and Serena Landa are also absent.

With the midfield in particular looking light, Roma will be relying on a big effort across the pitch to get the job done.

One interesting subplot will be the involvements of Benedetta Glionna for Roma and Agnese Bonfantini for Juventus. They swapped teams in the summer transfer window, and it is Roma’s new recruit who has made the better start in her new surroundings. She will be out to impress again against her former employers.

Juventus have plenty of strength in depth, though. This season, they are being led by a new manager, ex-Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro. Roma will be hoping the new coach of their own, ex-Juve under-19s coach Spugna, can outwit him.

Spugna could hand Angelica Soffia and Vanessa Bernauer each their 50th Serie A appearances for Roma, while the latter could become just the fourth player to start 60 games in all competitions for the club. It looks likely given the lack of other options in her position.

Despite some depleted numbers, though, Roma will approach this challenge with the same attitude as ever.

The game kicks off at 1:30pm UK time.

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