The Giallorossi's loss to Juventus last week was one of several against teams around them in the Serie A standings, but now they tackle mid-table opposition who have recently recovered from a rocky run at the end of 2020.
Ahead of Udinese's visit to the capital, fourth-placed Roma are currently undefeated in home league games, with a fine record of eight wins and three draws from their 11 contests at the Olimpico. In all, Paulo Fonseca's side are in the midst of a 15-match unbeaten streak on home soil in Serie A, dating back to July 2020.
However, on the road, Roma are ranked only 11th in Serie A following a fifth away defeat last Saturday, at the hands of Juventus. Though they often pulled the strings against the Bianconeri, their statistical dominance did not bear any fruit as they ultimately went down 2-0 at the Allianz Stadium.
Once again, on-loan striker Borja Mayoral deputised up front against the champions, following erstwhile captain Edin Dzeko's bitter fall-out with Fonseca last month, but there are signs that the Bosnian star - so integral to Roma's style of play - will now return to his rightful place in the starting lineup.
Not only have Dzeko's goals been missed, but also his gift for link-up play with those around him and the seven-goal striker could be back in the first XI for Sunday. In fact, Italian media report that his playing peers - including stand-in skipper Lorenzo Pellegrini - want the former Manchester City man to take the armband back too, but the club have apparently rejected that request.
Having trained separately from the rest of the squad at the end of January, when he was reportedly close to joining Inter in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez, Dzeko has failed to score or provide an assist in his last four league appearances - the last time he endured a longer such streak was back in April 2019.
Fonseca will necessarily have to prioritise pragmatism and swallow his pride in ending the feud, as his personal future and the immediate aims of the club are reliant on a well-oiled attack, given that his defence remains unreliable when put to the test by elite sides. On Sunday, though, Roma will be expected to overcome more modest opposition to keep on track for a European spot next season.
Looking like a dead man walking last month, Udinese head coach Luca Gotti has since steered his men to eight points from their last four games, with two disciplined draws against top teams Atalanta and Inter allied to victories over Spezia and Verona.
Since the Zebrette's last defeat, only one goal has been conceded in 360 minutes - testifying to the remedial work undertaken by the manager on his defence. This weekend, Udinese could potentially register four clean sheets in a row for the first time since May 2012.
The 24-year-old centre-back recently stated that the turning point for Udinese came during a meeting when the squad expressed their exasperation with playing well without picking up points and committed to becoming more compact as a unit.
Now reaping the rewards of their hard work, the Friulani were indebted to Gerard Deulofeu's inspirational input against Verona - scoring one and forcing an own goal - and were able to secure a deserved result, even without suspended captain Rodrigo De Paul. Lifting them into 11th place - some seven places and nine points above the relegation zone - that win can provide the perfect preparation for a considerable challenge this week.
The last time Udinese met Roma, the Giallorossi emerged victorious at Dacia Arena in October, with Pedro scoring the only goal in the second half. Improving on that outcome in the reverse fixture seems a live possibility for Gotti's resurgent outfit, with all the pressure on the capital club to claim maximum points once more.
Roma Serie A form: WDLWWL
Roma form (all competitions): DLLWWL
Udinese Serie A form: LLDDWW
Edin Dzeko's possible inclusion is upmost in Roma fans' minds, as it remains to be seen whether their former captain will be reinstated to the first team in place of Borja Mayoral. Current skipper Lorenzo Pellegrini now returns following suspension, so versatile midfielder Bryan Cristante could drop out of the XI.
Just days before the first leg of their Europa League tie against Braga, manager Paulo Fonseca has welcomed back both Stephan El Shaarawy and Pedro to training, with the forward pair likely to start on the bench on Sunday.
Udinese will also welcome back their influential leader, as captain and playmaker Rodrigo De Paul returns from a ban and could be the only change to a winning lineup that Luca Gotti will make, with fellow Argentinian Roberto Pereyra most likely to miss out due to a thigh problem.
Roma possible starting lineup:
Lopez; Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla; Karsdorp, Villar, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko
Udinese possible starting lineup:
Musso; Bonifazi, Nuytinck, Samir; Larsen, De Paul, Walace, Arslan, Zeegelaar; Deulofeu; Llorente
We say: Roma 2-1 Udinese
Though there is just cause to consider the case of improving Udinese to at least nick a point at the Olimpico, the excellent record of Roma on home turf is indicative of their formidable form in the capital.
Should Edin Dzeko reclaim his place at the heart of the attack - and with other integral attacking personnel returning from enforced absences this week - the hosts have enough guile and variety to prise open the visitors' increasingly mean defence.