San Marino v Roma Women preview: Time to turn a corner

Roma Women will be looking to shake off their inconsistent start to the season when they face San Marino on Saturday afternoon.

Roma are yet to record the same result in successive games so far this season, having drawn their opener, before a win, a loss and another win.

Most recently, they claimed a 1-1 draw away at Inter Milan, a result which was a little disappointing given they had taken the lead and created most of the chances. It leaves them still without a win on their travels this season.

That could well change this afternoon, as they visit San Marino. After being promoted to Serie A Femminile last season, the side from the microstate have lost four of their five games in the top flight. They have conceded more goals than any other team so far.

This will not be the first meeting between the two sides. Roma played them in last season’s Coppa Italia, scoring 10 goals over two legs to reach the semi-finals.

Hence, Roma go into the game as strong favourites. However, that has been said before this season, only for the Giallorosse to fall short.

They will have to navigate the game without one of their key players, Andressa Alves. The Brazilian midfielder suffered an injury during training in the week.

  

Fortunately, Vanessa Bernauer has returned to the squad, so could regain her place in the starting lineup. If she is not ready to start, Betty Bavagnoli will have some thinking to do about who plays alongside Manuela Giugliano and Andrine Hegerberg. Claudia Ciccotti is available, for example.

There are no concerns about Roma’s depth in attack, although they need to become more clinical in that department. Bavagnoli has last week’s goalscorer Annamaria Serturini, this season’s leading markswoman Paloma Lazaro and fellow big names Lindsey Thomas and Agnese Bonfantini available for selection.

This will be Roma’s last league game for three weeks, as their next match will be in the Coppa Italia. That will occur in November, so the Giallorosse cannot leave it too late to get more points on the board.

The game kicks off at 2pm UK time and will be available to watch live on Roma TV+.

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