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  • April 11, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 29672
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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.

Players to watch

P. Osvaldo

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 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.

A. Di Natale

Position: Attacker

Games: 32

  • 14
  • 4
  • 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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Udinese

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
Udinese Calcio UDI
Udinese Calcio Udinese
75%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
2 - 0
Udinese Calcio UDI
AS Roma ROM
2 - 1
Udinese Calcio UDI
AS Roma ROM
3 - 1
Udinese Calcio UDI

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