Matchday 13: Genoa-Roma Preview

Roma face Genoa this weekend
John Solano

Roma are back in action this weekend following the international break and prepare to face Genoa at the Stadio Ferraris.

The Giallorossi enter the affair in desperate search of a victory following their 3-2 defeat to relegation candidates Venezia before the break.

Jose Mourinho’s men have won only once in their previous five league matches and come up against a Genoa side that will play their first match under new manager Andriy Shevchenko.

The Milan legend and former Ukraine national team boss was unveiled just over a week ago by the new owners of the Ligurian side, American firm 777 Partners.

“This is a very important moment in my managerial career,” said the former striker during his opening press conference.

“Genoa are an important club, this is a project I care about and the number one objective for us right now is to be in Serie A again next season. This is the oldest club in Italy and that means something.”

Shevchenko was asked about potential lineup and roster changes, however, he gave few clues regarding his plans for the team.

“The team needs reinforcements in January, that’s for sure. Though, I think we’re best suited to play a 3-5-2 or a 4-3-3 formation given our characteristics.”

Meanwhile, Mourinho is tipped to use a similar lineup that he used in the loss to Venezia—which saw him ditch his preferred 4-2-3-1 in favor of a three-man defence.

The two sides kick-off Sunday evening at 20.45 CET in Liguria.

Probable Formations

Genoa (3-4-1-2): Sirigu; Biraschi, Masiello, Vasquez; Cambiaso, Badelj, Rovella, Sturaro; Galdames; Pandev, Ekuban

Bench: Marchetti, Semper, Sabelli, Vanheusden, Behrami, Melegoni, Ghiglione, Bani, Touré, Bianchi, Buksa, Kallon

AS Roma (3-4-1-2): Rui Patricio; Mancini, Kumbulla, Ibañez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Veretout, El Shaarawy; Shomurodov, Abraham

Bench: Fuzato, Boer, Reynolds, Tripi, Villar, Diawara, Zalewski, Bove, Perez, Mkhitaryan, Afena-Gyan, Zaniolo, Mayoral

Match Center

MatchDay 33
22 Apr 18:30