After a convincing 3-0 win over Hellas Verona at the weekend, the Giallorossi travel south in search of our second away win of the season against the newly-promoted Benevento…
The pre-match reading
- Eusebio Di Francesco’s pre-match press conference
- Di Francesco reveals team news for Benevento clash
- Squad list: Nainggolan and Schick miss out
- View from the opposition: The quickfire scouting report on Benevento
- Numbers Game: nine stats to know ahead of Benevento
The form guide
The Giallorossi are coming off a 3-0 home victory over Verona on Saturday and Roma will be looking to continue winning away from the Stadio Olimpico. In our last away match, we defeated Atalanta 1-0 in the first match of the season thanks to a well-placed Aleksandar Kolarov free kick.
Benevento have yet to score a point in their inaugural season of top flight football, conceding 10 goals and scoring just one in four matches. In their last league match on Sunday, they were defeated 6-0 by league leaders Napoli.
Roma will be without midfielder Radja Nainggolan and summer signing Patrik Schick, two players who played a part in the Giallorossi victory against Verona. Nainggolan is dealing with a slight tendon issue and will remain in Rome to rest, while Schick will undergo further tests to determine the extent of his injury sustained in Saturday’s match. Full-backs Rick Karsdorp, Nura Abdullahi and Emerson Palmieri are still recovering from more long-term injuries.
Benevento will be without former Roma academy product Amato Ciciretti and winger Marco D’Alessandro, who are recovering from recent injuries. Defenders Luca Antei, Andrea Costa and Berat Djimsiti were also left out of the squad due to injury.
The view from the dugout
Eusebio Di Francesco: "Benevento will be motivated and I think they’ll probably go with a 4-4-2 formation. We mustn’t underestimate them – we have to get a positive result. We can’t afford to take them too lightly. They’ve shown they deserve to be here."
Marco Baroni: "I believe in this team and in these players. I told them that sometimes you have to defend the performance, not the result. Now we are facing a strong side like Roma and we will try to get back on our feet.”
Opposition danger man
Deployed a bit higher than his natural left wingback position, where he regularly featured while at Palermo and more recently under Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, the Moroccan will be eager to create space between the lines of the Giallorossi defence on Wednesday evening.
A hard-working player with good pace, Lazaar is hoping to find his form since returning to Italy with Benevento after a disappointing spell in the English Championship.
Roma's one to watch
Edin Dzeko will be looking to continue his goalscoring form against the last-place team in Serie A.
After finding the back of the net twice against Verona, the Bosnian international is set to lead the Giallorossi attack against an injury-riddled Benevento backline, which bodes well for the reigning capocannoniere.