x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

No Totti or Toni as Roma face buoyant Palermo

Roma will look to extend their unbeaten run to 20 games against Palermo today, but they will have to do it without injured forwards Francesco Totti and Luca Toni.

Roma will look to extend their unbeaten run to 20 games against Palermo today, but they will have to do it without injured forwards Francesco Totti and Luca Toni. Roma's recent form has seen them win 16 and draw three of their last 19, a sequence that has propelled them to second in Serie A and seen them progress in both the Europa League and Coppa Italia. Palermo arrive in the capital in buoyant mood as they sit just one point and one place outside a Champions League place in fifth following a run of just one defeat in nine games.

Roma will rely on Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic - the match-winner in their 1-0 success at Fiorentina last weekend, a game in which Roma were second-best throughout. The team from the capital sit nine points behind leaders Inter Milan as they continue to pay for a poor start to the season that saw them lose their first two matches and then three more in succession in October. In today's other game, Sampdoria will be without key forward Antonio Cassano when they host Fiorentina.

Sampdoria have won three games in a row to move up to seventh in the league while Fiorentina have taken just one point form their last four matches. Jose Mourinho, the Inter Milan coach, was fined ?18,000 (Dh90,000) for his outburst after last month's Milan derby, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said on Thursday. Mourinho was charged with casting doubts about the regularity of Serie A for saying "everything was done for us not to win" after his side beat AC Milan 2-0 despite having two players sent off.

* With agencies