NEWS
Wednesday July 8 2020
Line-ups: Roma v Parma

Roma are forced to completely transform their team with Bryan Cristante in a three-man defence against Gervinho and Dejan Kulusevski’s Parma.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 20.45 UK time (19.45 GMT).

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s SIX Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

Both these teams are coming off three consecutive defeats, but while the Ducali are comfortably mid-table, the Giallorossi risk losing their place in Europe and Coach Paulo Fonseca’s job.

Adding to the drama, Justin Kluivert is dropped from the squad for a poor attitude in training, with Chris Smalling and Davide Santon injured, also Davide Zappacosta not 100 per cent fit.

With a shortage of options, midfielder Cristante is moved to the centre of a three-man defence.

There are adjustments upfront too, with Lorenzo Pellegrini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a double trequartista symbol feeding Edin Dzeko.

Bruno Peres is a surprise pick on the right wing, with off-form Amadou Diawara in midfield.

Parma are also coming off three consecutive defeats against Inter, Verona and Fiorentina.

Andreas Cornelius returns after he was rested at the weekend, in a trio with Kulusevski and ex-Roma star Gervinho.

All the Serie A sides are walking out to the music of Ennio Morricone in this round to mark his passing at the age of 91, but he was a passionate Roma fan, so the Giallorossi will also wear a special patch for the Maestro.

Roma: Pau Lopez; Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez; Bruno Peres, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko

Parma: Sepe; Darmian, Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Pezzella; Kucka, Hernani, Barillà; Kulusevski, Cornelius, Gervinho

Ref: Fabbri

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