Sunday, 18 November 2012

Roma V Torino Preview

Torino will be looking to keep their unbeaten away record intact when they travel to the capital to face Zdeněk Zeman's Roma on Monday night.

Angelo Ogbonna has recovered from injury and should return to the starting eleven, most likely at the expense of Uruguayan defender Guillermo Rodriguez who has impressed whilst deputising for the Italy international. Gianluca Sansone should keep his place up front after impressing in recent weeks, but veteran midfielder Giuseppe Vives misses out through illness. Since arriving from Fiorentina in the summer, Alessio Cerci has been one of Torino's star performers this season, and he will be keen to impress against the side he only made thirteen appearances for in five seasons.

Roma have been very unpredictable this season, and in their last five games they have won 4-1 and 4-2, but they have also lost 3-2 on three occasions - most notably in the Rome derby last weekend. After being sent off in that game, Daniele De Rossi is suspended for this fixture, as are Nicolas Burdisso and Panagiotis Tachtsidis. Argentine winger Erik Lamela has flourished under Zeman's 4-3-3 formation, and having scored in Roma's last six matches, the Torino defence will have to keep the former River Plate man quiet.

Roma 2-2 Torino

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