Serie A: AS Roma vs Juventus Preview and Prediction

Match Preview

AS Roma will look to get a result when they welcome defending champions Juventus to the Stadio Olimpico in the Serie A on Sunday night.

AS Roma Match Form

The Giallorossi are having a fine season and currently sit in 4th place, occupying the final UEFA Champions League spot. They have picked up 35 points from 18 games and are 4 points behind Lazio while the title contenders Inter Milan and Juventus are ahead by 10 points.

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While a title tilt is highly unlikely, Paulo Fonseca has still done a good job since taking the job in the summer. He has already improved their league position as the capital club finished 6th last season. Currently, Roma’s only real threat to the final UCL spot are Atalanta, who are just a point behind.

Thus, the Rome club have their fate in their own hands and are also through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, which starts in February. After kicking off the new year with a 2-0 home loss against Torino, the top four hopefuls will look to get a result in this one.

Juventus Match Form

Juventus are looking to win their 9th consecutive Serie A, having won each of them since the 2011/12 season. They have changed managers during this period with minimal effect on their domestic dominance. Be it Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri or now Maurizio Sarri, the Old Lady just continue to dominate Italy.

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While they have failed to translate this domestic domination to Europe, they will look to break that trend this season under former Napoli and Chelsea Sarri. Before they shift their focus to the UCL, the champions have a threat on the domestic front in the form of Conte’s Inter.

Juventus are currently 2nd in the league table, level on points with Inter. Lazio are 6 points behind them and the Old Lady can entirely focus on upstaging the current league leaders. After dispatching Cagliari 4-0 in the year-opener, including a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, Sarri’s men will look to win at all costs in the tough away game against Roma.

Team News

In terms of team news, Fonseca will be without the services of Davide Zappacosta while the likes of Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore, Bryan Cristante and Devid Eugene Bouah are all doubts for the game.

Coming to their opponents, Juventus will miss Rodrigo Bentancur due to suspension while Sami Khedira and Giorgio Chiellini are ruled out due to injury.

H2H & AS Roma vs Juventus Prediction

Looking at head-to-head, Juventus have won 23 to Roma’s 10 in the 45 meetings between them. In the last 5 clashes, both sides have won 2 apiece. However, the capital club are unbeaten at Stadio Olimpico in the last 4 meetings, winning 3 and conceding just 2 goals.

Thus, history at the ground definitely favors the home side. Looking at recent form, Juventus have picked up 10 points from their last 5 league games, same as Roma.

Therefore, both teams are in a good nick with Roma having a fair edge in terms of recent past. Thus, the home side can be expected to step up one more time against their illustrious opponents and pick up all 3 points.

Predicted Lineups:

AS Roma Predicted XI: Lopez; Florenzi, Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Diawara, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pellegrini, Perotti; Dzeko

Juventus Predicted XI: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Demiral, Bonucci, Sandro; Rabiot, Pjanic, Matuidi; Ramsey; Dybala, Ronaldo

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