NEWS
Monday March 11 2019
Line-ups: Roma v Empoli

Claudio Ranieri picks a 4-2-3-1 formation on his Roma debut against Empoli, with Justin Kluivert, Nicolò Zaniolo and Stephan El Shaarawy supporting Patrik Schick.

It kicks off at 19.30 GMT, you can follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

This is Ranieri’s ‘debut’ – or more accurately his first game for the club since February 2011 – on the Giallorossi bench, having come in to replace sacked Eusebio Di Francesco this week.

There aren’t many options at his disposal when picking the starting XI, because Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov and Federico Fazio are all suspended.

Add to that, Daniele De Rossi, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Kostas Manolas are out injured, with Cengiz Under not fully fit.

The good news is that teenage sensation Zaniolo has recovered faster than expected from a calf issue and is in the line-up, flanked by Kluivert and El Shaarawy as support for centre-forward Schick.

Alessandro Florenzi and Davide Santon get the nod at full-back, with Bryan Cristante and Steven Nzonzi in midfield.

Empoli desperately need a result, as thanks to Bologna beating Cagliari on Sunday, they are now just one point clear of the relegation zone.

Luca Antonelli, Levan Mchedlidze and Antonino La Gumina are all out injured, but the danger men are strikers Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Caputo and Diego Farias.

Roma: Olsen; Florenzi, Juan Jesus, Marcano, Santon; Cristante, Nzonzi; Kluivert, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy, Schick

Roma bench: Mirante, Fuzato, Cargnelutti, Karsdorp, Semeraro, Perotti, Coric, Riccardi, Pezzella, Celar

Empoli: Dragowski; Veseli, Silvestre, Dell'Orco; Di Lorenzo, Acquah, Bennacer, Krunic, Pasqual; Caputo, Farias

Empoli bench: Provedel, Perucchini, Maietta, Rasmussen, Nikolaou, Pajac, Brighi, Traoré, Capezzi, Ucan, Oberlin

Ref: Maresca

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