After an underwhelming draw against Sampdoria, Juventus would hope to bounce back against the capital club AS Roma, who are coming into this fixture with 2 out of 2 wins. Whether it is Dybala’s homecoming or doubts over Allegri’s tactics, we have got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the game in today’s Match Preview by The Calcio Guy:
Juventus come into this game on the back of a 0-0 draw against Marco Giampaolo’s Sampdoria in their most recent league game. Juventus boasted more shots on target and more possession but were unable to find the breakthrough.Bianconeri are yet to lose a game though.
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Roma, on the other hand, beat Massimiliano Alvini’s Cremonese 1-0 in their most recent game. A second-half goal from English centre-back Chris Smalling secured the win for Jose Mourinho’s Roma. Roma have now got 2 out of 2 wins in the Serie A so far, although they have been heavily criticised for not being clinical at number of occasions.
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Injury Update & News:
Juventus: Due to injuries, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will be unable to call upon the services of French midfielder Paul Pogba, winger Federico Chiesa and Brazilian striker Kaio Jorge. Although club captain Leonardo Bonucci and Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny returned to the training, it is still unknown if they have fully recovered from the injuries.There are also doubts over the availability of Argentine winger Angel Di Maria
Injured: Paul Pogba, Federico Chiesa, Kaio Jorge
Doubtful: Angel Di Maria, Wojciech Szczesny
Roma: Meanwhile, Roma will be without midfielder pairing of Georginio Wijnaldum and Ebrima Darboe. Their star player Nicolo Zaniolo also got injured in the last game and will be ruled out for at least three weeks. Other than that, there are no known issues and manager Jose Mourinho is expected to have the majority of his squad at his disposal.
Injured: Nicolo Zaniolo, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ebrima Darboe
Juventus Predicted XI (4-3-3): Mattia Perin, Mattia De Sciglio, Leonardo Bonucci, Gleison Bremer, Alex Sandro, Weston McKennie, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot, Moise Kean, Dusan Vlahovic, Filip Kostic
Roma Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio, Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez, Rick Karsdorp, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Leonardo Spinazzola, Paulo Dybala, Stephan El Shaarawy, Tammy Abraham
Head to Head:
In 34 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Juventus hold a clear advantage. They have won 21 games, lost eight and drawn five.
The two clubs last faced each other earlier this year in Serie A, with Juventus beating Roma 4-3. Goals from Paulo Dybala, Manuel Locatelli, Dejan Kulusevski and full-back Mattia De Sciglio secured victory for Juventus. Although it would be interesting to see Dybala returning for his first game at Allianz stadium since his move to capital club AS Roma.
A Fact about the Opponents:
Initially, the city of Rome had 4 football teams. It was the idea of Italo Foschi, who was the Roman representative of the ruling National Fascist Party to merge all these 4 clubs in order to give the Italian capital a strong club to rival that of the more dominant Northern Italian clubs of the time. In the spring of 1927, a new roman club AS Roma was founded. However, only 3 out of 4 roman clubs agreed for the merger, namely Roman SC, SS Alba Audace and Fortitudo- Pro Roma GS. The other club resisted the merger because of the intervention of the army General Vaccaro, who was also the member of Italian Football Federation on the common request of club fans as they felt their ideology never matched the other 3 clubs. That club was none other than SS Lazio, and this fiasco led to the creation of one of the most heated derby in Italy, the Derby Della Capitale.