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  • April 11, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
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Roma - Udinese Preview: Giallorossi look to keep Champions League dreams alive

Roma - Udinese Preview: Giallorossi look to keep Champions League dreams alive

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Luis Enrique's side will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Lecce when they welcome the Zebrette to the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

ROMA

Stekelenburg
Rosi, Kjaer, Heinze, Jose Angel
Gago, De Rossi, Pjanic
Totti
Bojan, Osvaldo
UDINESE

Handanovic
Coda, Danilo, Domizzi
Pereyra, Pinzi, Pazienza, Asamoah, Armero
Abdi
Di Natale

Roma coach Luis Enrique will be without the services of Juan who is nursing a knee injury, while Fabio Borini has flu-like symptoms and will likely miss Wednesday's encounter.

Miralem Pjanic should receive the nod ahead of Marquinho in midfield, while Francesco Totti returned to training this week after shaking off a calf injury and will play behind Bojan Krkic and Pablo Osvaldo upfront.

Meanwhile, Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin will not be able to call on Antonio Floro Flores, Dusan Basta, Diego Fabbrini and Cristian Battocchio, who are all out injured.

Mehdi Benatia sustained a groin injury on Saturday against Parma and will not be available for selection and will likely be replaced by Andrea Coda.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Roma have recorded the fewest amount of draws in Serie A this season (five).
  • The Giallorossi have failed to score in only four league games this term.
  • The capital city club have won four out of their last five home matches, outscoring their opponents 12-4 during that span.
  • Udinese have the best home record in Serie A but have lost seven games away from the Stadio Friuli.
  • The Zebrette have picked up only one win in their last six encounters (W1 D3 L2).
  • Guidolin's men have been held goalless twice in their past three road contests.

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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
-José ÁngelDefender
14Simon KjaerDefender
-MarquinhoMidfielder
-Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
11Erik LamelaStriker
17Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
10Francesco TottiStriker
1Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
-Mirko PigliacelliGoalkeeper
20G. HeinzeDefender
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
-Federico VivianiMidfielder
19Leandro GrecoMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
-Gadji TalloStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
85Andrea CodaDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
4Gelson FernandesMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
-Almen AbdiMidfielder
37Roberto PereyraMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
-NeutonDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
-Damiano FerronettiDefender
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
-Gabriel TorjeMidfielder
10Paulo Vitor BarretoStriker
Players to Watch
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
11 1 1 0
The 26-year-old leads the Giallorossi in scoring with 10 goals in 22 Serie A appearances and has found the back of the net three times in his last four games. The striker will need to continue his red-hot form if Roma hope to upend Udinese on Wednesday.
Antonio Di Natale
Antonio Di Natale
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
32 17 1 0
The veteran forward continues to roll back the years with the Zebrette and is currently second in the race for the Capocannoniere. The Italian will need to add to his 20-goal tally if Udinese hope to catch third-placed Lazio and qualify for the Champions League.
Prediction

Udinese have won only three games away from home this season and Roma are keen to bounce back from the disappointing loss to Lecce last Saturday. Look for the Giallorossi to squeak out a win thanks to Osvaldo’s heroics.

Editor's Prediction
Roma 2

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