AS Roma starts a new chapter under Claudio Ranieri as they host Empoli in the Serie A league match at Stadio Olimpico, in Rome, Italy, on Monday night (IST).
What competition it is? Serie A
Teams: AS Roma and Empoli
Kick Off: Tuesday 12 March
Match Timing: 01:00 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Stadio Olimpico (72,698)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream Serie A matches in India. The games can also be enjoyed on SonyLiv App.
Somebody's gain is somebody's loss and the wheel of life goes on. Like time, it never stops. Claudio Ranieri certainly received a gift in that regard, while Eusebio Di Francesco could feel hard done by this vicious cycle.
Even a human good at premonition couldn't have felt this coming for Eusebio when Roma went all the way into the semi-final of the Champions League (last season). And Ranieri would have been not the favored one to replace him at the hot seat in Rome. After all, the former Leicester City boss was given the Fulham job in the middle of the season, to steady the ship, not the hardest job if we consider that the Cottagers spent in excess of $100 million on new arrivals.
Roma set some standards last season and matching them was the least of the targets. But the Giallorossi made a less than convincing start to the season, and you could just feel that the sword was hanging dangerously close over Eusebio's job all season.
The media predicted long before the 2nd leg, that failing to beat Porto for the quarterfinals could be his last match. And it was, indeed.
Roma lost 3-1 at Estadio do Dragao, and Porto advanced into the last eight.
Now Ranieri is at the helm for the rest of the season. How Roma fairs till the end of the season will define whether he is the right man to take this club forward. In some sense, it's a chance for him to redeem himself from the ignominy of Fulham's downfall under him. So it's a chance.
The job is not going to be easy though. Roma have a big fight on their hands to finish in the top-4. As things stand, the Giallarossi are 3 points adrift of 4th placed Inter Milan.
Empoli are in the turmoil as well. They have been flirting with the relegation all season. The situation remains as grave as it was at any stage in the league. They are 17th with just four points separating them from the bottom three.
However, the Blues have goals in them having scored an impressive 33 times in the league. But after conceding 53 goals, the defense has undone their attacking threat.
AS Roma –W W W W L L
Empoli – L D L W L D
AS Roma vs Empoli Team News:
Injured – Talented winger Cengiz Ünder remains on the sidelines and won't be featuring here.
Questionable – None.
Suspended: Ranieri will be without three more players, all missing out with through suspension. Aleksandar Kolarov was sent off in the Roma derby, while Federico Fazio and Edin Dzeko will be serving a ban due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Note: With Dzeko out, Patrick Schick is expected to lead the attack for the hosts.
Key Players – El Shaarawy, Schick, Zaniolo
Injured – Luca Antonelli and Levan Mchedlidze have both been ruled out of this match for the visitors.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Manager Giuseppe Iachini isn't known for making changes to his squad. With Empoli, he is being natural as well. So don't expect too many tweaks from the away side. Though Antonino La Gumina is pushing for a start.
Key Players – Caputo, Farias
AS Roma– Olsen (GK), Florenzi, Marcano, Manolas, Santon, Nzonzi, Cristante, Zaniolo, Pastore, Shaarawy, Schick
Empoli– Dragowski (GK), Veseli, Dell'Orco, Silvestre, Lorenzo, Krunic, Bennacer, Acquah, Pasqual, Caputo, Farias
Roma may be under a new manager, but they a bit of momentum behind them. The real reason behind Eusebio's sacking was the start to the season.
We back Roma to win the match.
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