Fiorentina vs Roma Preview and Lineups – Serie A Round 36 –

Artemio Franchi is the venue as Fiorentina and Roma go head-to-head in a sizable Serie A clash to round off Matchday 36. Time is ticking for the hosts to reach their goal for the season, while the visitors can’t afford to slip up to keep their goals on track.

Fiorentina could not have picked a worse moment to suffer three straight league defeats for the first time since December 2019. La Viola have lost ground to seventh-placed Atalanta.

Another failed attempt to pick up all three points could prove detrimental to their bid to qualify for next season’s Europa Conference League. It’s been five years since Fiorentina played in a major European competition and motivation shouldn’t be lacking in Vincenzo Italiano’s camp.

On the other hand, Roma come into the game with a surge in confidence after qualifying for their first-ever major European final. Tammy Abraham scored a crucial goal to topple Leicester City out of the Europa Conference League semi-finals.

After defeating the Premier League powerhouse, Roma meet high-flying Dutch heavyweights Feyenoord in the Albanian top flight later this month. But now that Giallorossi want to consolidate their position in a hard-fought qualifying race for the Europa League.

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Florence

An unfortunate 1-0 defeat at leaders Milan last time out saw Fiorentina drop three points behind Atalanta in seventh place. Eager to get back to winning ways, Italiano’s side will hope to suffer a disastrous 4-0 defeat by Udinese in their last league home game.

Before Udinese’s overwhelming triumph, Fiorentina had won three consecutive Serie A games at Franchi by an identical 1-0 score. However, Roma’s visit to Florence does not bode well for the hosts’ attempt to recover from a lazy spell.

Fiorentina have lost their last five top-flight encounters with the Giallorossi. They could record six defeats against a specific opponent in Serie A for the first time in a run of seven defeats against Milan in 2008/2011.

Roma

Despite a great season in the Europa Conference League, things haven’t been going Roma’s way in Serie A lately. After a three-game winning streak, Jose Mourinho’s men have been unbeaten in their last three league games (D2, L1) and averaged only 0.66 goals per game.

Another failure to pick up all three points would mean Roma would be without a win in four consecutive Serie A games for the first time under Mourinho’s leadership. However, they failed to draw inspiration from their away form, having only managed a single win in their last four league games (U2, L1).

That Giallorossi could only manage an uneventful goalless draw against midfielder Bologna last time out, meaning they could play Serie A for the first time in a row in 2022 without scoring a goal. Roma should feel relaxed knowing they’ve scored more than 2 goals in their last five H2Hs in the league.

Fiorentina vs Roma Team News

Barring Gaetano Castrovilli, who is absent for a long time, Fiorentina boss Italiano will have an otherwise fully fit squad for Monday’s showdown.

The same goes for Mourinho, who has all his star players to choose from except Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Fiorentina Potential starting XI (4-3-3): Pietro Terracciano; Alvaro Odriozola, Nikola Milenkovic, Igor, Cristiano Biraghi; Giacomo Bonaventura, Lucas Torreira, Alfred Duncan; Nicolas Gonzalez, Arthur Cabral, and Riccardo Saponara.

Roma Potential Starting XI (3-4-1-2): Rui Patricio; Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Marash Kumbulla; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bryan Cristante, Jordan Veretout, Mateus Vina; Lorenzo Pellegrini; Afena-Gyan, Tammy Abraham.

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