02 October 2021, 08:35 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
The Serie A TIM fixture, AS Roma vs. Empoli F.C. kicks off at 17:00 (GMT+1) on Sunday, October 3 at the Stadio Olimpico.
Preview Roma Serie A, Oct 3, 2021
Preview AS Roma make their return to Serie A action following Thursday's UEFA Europa Conference League 3-0 victory over Zorya Luhansk. The European success comes after Roma's 3-2 defeat to Lazio, in last Sunday's derby at the Stadio Olimpico. Despite Thursday's success, Josè Mourinho still had a thing to say about the defeat to Lazio. A few days ago, we dominated against a team that was made to seem small and yet we lost, the Roma boss said. Tonight [Thursday] we won and that is the most important thing. Roma have lost twice in five Serie A games: WWLWL, and remain in 4th place, with 12 points after 4W, 0D, & 2L. Josè Mourinho aims for a quick return to winning ways and his selection for Sunday's game would mirror his intent. It is always important to get back to winning ways after a defeat, Mourinho continued. Empoli have nine points. They are a difficult team to face and the lads will arrive back to Rome late, he added. AS Roma boast an average of 2.33 goals per game, having scored 14 goals in six Serie A appearances. Conceding 8 goals (1.33 goals conceded per game), Roma is left with a G.D. of +6. Having no new injuries in the squad after Thursday's European commitments, José Mourinho's 4—2—3—1 formation could see Tammy Abraham returning to the starting line-up after Eldor Shomurodov got the nod against Zorya. Josè Mourinho remains unbeaten in his last 41 Serie A games on home soil, - the joint-longest run in the modern era, alongside Massimiliano Allegri in 2017. On injuries, Leonardo Spinazzola remains sidelined and unavailable for this game.
Preview Empoli Serie A, Oct 3, 2021
Preview The visitors are in 8th place following last weekend's 4-2 win over Bologna on home soil. The victory leaves Gli Azzurri with 9 points from 3W, 0D, & 3L and a form that reads: WLLWW. An average of 1.5 goals scored per game leaves the club with 9 goals and a goal difference of -1, having conceded 10 times (1.67 goals-per-match). Manager Aurelio Andreazzoli could appear with the 4—3—1—2 formation once again, with the duo consisting of Federico Di Francesco and Andrea Pinamonti in attack. Andrea Pinamonti has scored two goals in his last three league appearances against Roma. A closer look at the numbers reveals he averages a goal every 94 minutes against Roma in Italy's top-flight division. His best ratio against all sides in Serie A. On availability, Riccardo Fiamozzi remains in doubt for this fixture.