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Udinese vs Roma Preview and Lineups – Serie A Round 5 –

Serie A matches end on Sunday at the Dacia Arena with Udinese and Roma competing under similar circumstances. Both teams have had identical returns from their last three league games, suggesting they weren’t separated by much before kick-off.

After a 4-2 defeat by holders AC Milan in the opening weekend, Udinese did not lose any of its next three Serie A matches (W2, D1). New manager Andrea Sutil will want to prevent history from repeating itself. His team saw identical fortunes in the opening four rounds last season, but lost to Roma in the fifth round.

On the other hand, Jose Mourinho’s men have enjoyed a great start to the season. Led by Tammy Abraham and Paulo Dybala, Gelorossi They won three of their first four Serie A matches (D1). Entering this showdown, Roma is one of only six teams that have yet to lose a single match in the Italian elite competition. In doing so, his net conceded a low goal in the league, which indicates Mourinho’s return to his old habits.

Unlike Udinese, who lost some key first-team members over the summer, including Brandon Soubi and Nahuel Molina, Roma have amassed a group of players who can boost the club’s bid for a fourth-place finish at the top since 2017-2018. In addition to Dybala, Andrea Belotti, Nemanja Matic and Zeki Celik will be the three remaining faces in the line-up competition.

Match preview

Udinese

After starting two games without a win in the 2022/23 Serie A season (D1, L1), Udinese scored consecutive victories against Monza and Fiorentina. But with each victory yielding a single goal margin, Sutil’s men can’t stand complacency. Instead, they should look for more condemnation against a team they have failed to defeat in 17 of their last 19 league games (D2, L15).

Most importantly, Udinese failed to score in ten of those 19 encounters against Roma. Outstanding striker Beto can make sure that trend is reversed, having netted in his last two Serie A matches. The Portuguese top scorer has already managed to amass three league games in Serie A, so it’s hard to get past him to disrupt the scoreboard again.

Although scoring has not been suitable for the hosts this season, Udinese can derive confidence from its strong defense. Sutil’s boys have kept two clean sheets in Serie A at Friuli this season despite facing an average of four attempts on goal per game. Keeping Rome in trouble will not be easy, as Friulians They have scored only one close-up in their last ten domestic league matches.

Rome

Staying solid at the back has been a recipe for Mourinho’s side this season. Each of the visitors’ three Serie A victories in 2021/22 were accompanied by a clean sheet. Indeed, only in the 1-1 draw with Juventus last weekend, Roma failed to score the closing. That could be enormous because they are seeking a historical historiography.

Mourinho led his team to four victories in the first five Serie A matches last season. Roma are one win away from four wins from their first four Serie A matches in consecutive seasons for only the third time in the club’s history. Furthermore, they were already on the verge of achieving an important milestone.

In each of the last four seasons in the league, with Roma amassing more than 10 points in their first four Serie A matches, they finished the season as runners-up. This bodes well for Mourinho’s efforts to guide Gelorossi Return to the desired Champions League final. And with Dybala by his side, this should be another minor sailing for the Portuguese coach.

The Argentine scored ten goals against Udinese, making them his most regular victim in Serie A.

Team news

Morocco left-back Adam Massina and Portuguese defender Leonardo Botta are not available for selection at the Udinese camp due to injuries.

As for Roma, Jorginho Wijnaldum, Nicolo Zaniolo, Marach Kumbula and Stephan El Shaarawy will not be making this trip with the rest of the squad.

Udinese lineup against potential Roma

Udinese (3-5-2): Marco Silvestri, Rodrigo Picao, Jaca Bigol, Bram Neutink, Roberto Pereira, Sandy Lovrich, Lazar Samardzic, Jan Victor Makinjo, Destiny Odoji, Gerard Deulofeu, Beto.

Rome (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio, Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez, Zaki Selleck, Brian Cristante, Nemanja Matic, Leonardo Spinazzola, Paulo Dybala, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Tammy Abraham.

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