Preview: Roma vs. Cremonese - prediction, team news, lineupsSports Mole previews Wednesday's Coppa Italia clash between Roma and Cremonese, including predictions, team news and possible lineups. Having seen their unbeaten start to 2023 ended last weekend, Roma aim to respond straight away by reaching the Coppa Italia semi-finals at Cremonese's expense. The teams meet in Wednesday's quarter-final tie at Stadio Olimpico, with the visitors yet to win in Serie A but having knocked out Napoli in the last 16.
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Defeated by Chris Smalling's 65th-minute goal when the clubs met in Serie A at the start of the season, Cremonese meet Roma again at the end of February, by which time they will hope to have finally put a stop to their winless streak in Italy's top flight. In their comeback campaign after more than two decades away, the Grigiorossi recently became only the second team since 2004 to go without a win during the first half of a Serie A campaign. Despite taking the lead against regional rivals Inter last weekend, they once more failed to record a first league victory since promotion, when a Lautaro Martinez brace rendered David Okereke's 11th-minute opener redundant in the final analysis.
Rooted to the bottom of the table, Cremonese are surely set for a fruitless scrap against returning to the second tier, but can at least take solace in their cup run so far: after wins over Ternana (3-2) and Modena (4-2), a shock defeat of an under-strength Napoli in Davide Ballardini's first match in charge sent shockwaves along the Italian peninsula. Felix Afena-Gyan's late leveller forced Spalletti's side into extra time, and despite Leonardo Sernicola's subsequent expulsion, the Lombardy club ultimately prevailed on penalties to set up this week's tie in the Eternal City. Repeating such a feat would defy all the odds once again, but Mourinho and co will not take their task lightly and have recently revelled in knockout competition.
With only one victory over ex-Roma coach Luciano Spalletti from six Serie A meetings between the pair - and none since 2008 - Mourinho will be glad to pit his wits against someone else in the opposition dugout on Wednesday, when his team aim to take another step towards more silverware in his second season at the capital club.
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