Roma Women v Verona preview: Chance to get back on track

Roma Women return from their international break on Saturday, looking to make up for lost time.

The Giallorosse have not enjoyed as strong a start to the season as they would have liked, drawing with Sassuolo, beating Pink Bari and losing to Empoli.

They have an opportunity to get back on track on Saturday, though, when they play their first game in nearly a month.

Hellas Verona are the visitors to the Stadio Tre Fontane, a team Roma did a convincing double over last season – winning 4-0 and, most recently, 6-0.

Such a result would be most welcome for Roma this time, and the form book suggests there is hope. Verona lie in 10th place out of 12 teams, having lost all three of their games so far this season.

Roma will have to navigate the clash without Vanessa Bernauer, who had started all three of their previous games this season. Coach Betty Bavagnoli has confirmed to Roma TV that the Swiss midfielder will sit this game out due to muscle fatigue.

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That could open up a place in midfield for Andrine Hegerberg, who has come on as a sub in all three games this season, or Giada Greggi, who as one of the captains of the group, could take the armband if she plays. If she does not, then Andressa Alves may wear it.

That’s because an even more significant absence for the Giallorosse will be Elisa Bartoli. The captain was sent off in the dying minutes of the loss to Empoli, so is suspended for this encounter. Angelica Soffia may switch over to left-back to cover for her.

Other than that, Bavagnoli will have a strong squad available, and can call on summer signing Osinachi Ohale for the first time after the defender was included in the squad.

Although Roma go into the game as favourites, Bavagnoli is not taking anything for granted about the difficulty of the match.

  

“I never take anything for granted, even when we face teams that show up in Rome with zero points, because that means nothing,” she said. “We face an organized team, which has a tradition and will do everything to take home some points.”

However, Bavagnoli reported it had been a positive week in training since the return from international duty for several of her players.

“It was a good, excellent week,” she said. “We prepared the final details for the resumption and trained well, as we did throughout the whole rest period.”

The game kicks off at 11:30am UK time.

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