MX23RW : Sunday, January 20 07:32:45
May 2, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Attendance: 61
Roma
4-2
Liverpool
Milner (15' og.), Dzeko (52'), Nainggolan (86', 90' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-2)
Mane (9'), Wijnaldum (25')

How Roma could line up against Liverpool

Ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg between Roma and Liverpool, Sports Mole looks at how the hosts could line up at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma will welcome five-time European champions Liverpool to the Italian capital this evening knowing that they have it all to do if they are to book their place in the final of the Champions League for the first time since 1984.

The Serie A outfit were blown away in the first leg at Anfield eight days ago, but salvaged a glimmer of late hope by scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to leave themselves with a 5-2 deficit to make up.

It remains a tall order against a Liverpool team in devastating goalscoring form on the European front, but Roma produced a similar comeback against all the odds to knock the much-fancied Barcelona out in the last round.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Eusebio Di Francesco's team could line up at the Stadio Olimpico.


Predicted Roma XI vs. Liverpool
Out: Rick Karsdorp (knee), Gregoire Defrel (knee)

Eusebio has little choice but to attack Liverpool this evening, but he will also be wary of how easily the Reds sliced his high line open time after time in the first leg at Anfield.

Liverpool's pace in behind could force Eusebio to revert to a back four - rather than the back three he used on Merseyside - with Juan Jesus the most likely to make way from the central defenders.

A switch to a 4-3-3 system to match Liverpool's could see Diego Perotti return to the starting lineup, although changes are likely to be kept to a minimum despite the one-sided nature of the first leg.

Kostas Manolas, Cengiz Under, Kevin Strootman and Alessandro Florenzi were all given the weekend off and should return fresh, while Edin Dzeko scored twice on Saturday to take his tally up to 23 for the season across all competitions.



Click here to read Sports Mole's full preview of tonight's match at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Diego Perotti in action during the Serie A game between Roma and Milan on December 12, 2016
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3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132232-1022
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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