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Sunday January 26 2014
Line-ups: Verona-Roma

Roma have the opportunity to close within six points of Juventus, but have to get past Luca Toni’s Verona.

It kicks off at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Last night leaders Juve were held to a 1-1 draw by Lazio, opening the door for the Giallorossi to get back into the Scudetto race.

They are also boosted by Tuesday’s 1-0 Coppa Italia victory over Juventus, which further increased their confidence.

Federico Balzaretti is the only injury absentee, as he’ll be out for two months following a sports hernia operation, while new buy Michel Bastos isn’t in the squad yet.

Mattia Destro returns to the starting XI with Gervinho and Adem Ljajic, while Miralem Pjanic is not 100 per cent fit, so sits on the bench.

Francesco Totti is rested to begin with after playing against Juve on Tuesday.

Verona have an excellent home record, earning eight wins and only two losses at the Stadio Bentegodi this season.

They were weakened by selling Jorginho to Napoli, but still have ex-Roma hitman Toni and exciting Argentine talent Juan Manuel Iturbe.

Despite a recent slip in form with two consecutive defeats, Hellas remain in joint fifth position alongside Inter.

Michelangelo Albertazzi, Evangelos Moras and Alessandro Agostini are out of action for this game.

Verona: 1 Rafael; 23 Gonzalez, 25 Marques, 22 Maietta, 29 Cacciatore; 2 Romulo, 5 Donati, 10 Hallfredsson; 15 Iturbe, 9 Toni, 21 Gomez Taleb
Verona bench: 12 Nicolas, 98 Borra, 6 Martinho, 7 Longo, 8 Cacia, 11 Jankovic, 14 Cirigliano, 17 Donsah, 26 Sala, 30 Donadel

Roma: 26 De Sanctis; 13 Maicon, 17 Benatia, 5 Castan, 35 Torosidis; 44 Nainggolan, 16 De Rossi, 6 Strootman; 27 Gervinho, 22 Destro, 8 Ljajic
Roma bench: 1 Lobont, 28 Skorupski, 3 Dodò, 7 Marquinho, 10 Totti, 11 Taddei, 15 Pjanic, 24 Florenzi, 33 Jedvaj, 46 Romagnoli, 94 Ricci, 95 Mazzitelli

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