Verona v Roma Women preview: Trio return to former home in bid for second away win

Manuela Giugliano, Federica Di Criscio and Angelica Soffia could come up against their former side tomorrow as Roma Women travel to face Verona.

With Betty Bavagnoli’s side looking to rack up a third win in a row, it will be an emotional afternoon for three of the key members of the squad as they return to their former stomping ground.

Creative midfielder Giugliano enjoyed the highest-scoring season of her career so far at Verona, when she found the net 17 times in 26 games in the 2016-17 campaign. During her sole year there, she was teammates with defensive lynchpin Di Criscio, who won the Scudetto with the club in 2014-15, and young right-back Soffia, who graduated the academy there to become a regular before earning her move to the newly-founded Roma in 2018.

The current Verona side are unbeaten this season, with one win and two draws from their opening three games placing them one position behind Roma in the table. That sole victory came on their home turf, so they will be hoping to double it on Saturday – just as Roma are looking to double up a 100% away record.

Roma retain the tag of favourites, though, with the new signings starting to gel on the pitch. Giugliano has been one of the more obvious new names to impress, while Kaja Erzen is keeping Soffia out of the side thanks to her performances at full-back and Tecla Pettenuzzo is beginning to settle into the defence. Bavagnoli has shown that she is not afraid to rotate her lineup, though, so no player can afford to take their place in the team for granted.

One player to return to the squad after being unavailable in the win over Empoli last weekend is goalkeeper Rosalia Pipitone, although successive clean sheets from Camelia Ceasar will give Bavagnoli some serious thinking to do. Maria Zecca has also shaken off her injury, but Heden Corrado remains out.

The game gets underway at 2pm UK time and will be broadcast live on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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