Last year, Hellas Verona played Spezia in a play-off game to ensure their place in Italy’s Serie A. The Gialloblu were considered heavy underdogs to be relegated up until the final weeks of the season.
However, Marco Baroni’s squad got off to a great start this season thanks to the game-winning goal they scored against Empoli. Given the significant number of key players who were missing due to suspension and injury, that victory will provide a much-needed boost to morale.
On Saturday, the home crowd at the Bentegodi will be just as sure as they’ve ever been that their team will win three more points. Verona had to endure a lot of pressure from Empoli, and Roma are notoriously tough to beat. They might not have the same good luck over the weekend.
Marco Baroni could rotate in several new starters for the home game against Roma, despite his team’s recent victory. It’s possible that David Faraoni and Isak Hien will be back, while Milan Duric will likely start in a more advanced position. Verona’s first focus this season will be to identify the player or players responsible for scoring the team’s goals.
Jose Mourinho has expressed frustration at his club’s inability to sign a new striker this summer due to the poor performance of Tammy Abraham last season and his subsequent lengthy injury. There is little truth to the stories surrounding Romelu Lukaku, and Duván Zapata is having second thoughts about a move.
Is a second forward really necessary? Age-defying Andrea Belotti scored twice in last weekend’s 2-2 tie with Salernitana. The result was not what was hoped for, but the former Torino striker still demonstrated why he has had such a successful career. On Saturday, he will have a chance to add to his goal total.
After scoring twice against Salernitana, Jose Mourinho should start Andrea Belotti here. The forward spot may also see the return of Paulo Dybala. The Portuguese manager probably wasn’t very pleased with his defense after that defeat, so Rick Karsdorp might get the nod at the back.
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Hellas Verona vs Roma Game Information
- Date: 08/26/2023
- Time: 02:45 PM ET
- Location: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona.
- How to Watch: Hellas Verona vs Roma Paramount+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv