Only a point separates Juventus and Roma in the Serie A table ahead of their weekend encounter. The Bianconeri have watched on as Milan and Inter have jostled for position at the top of the standings but will be confident of toppling both and landing a tenth consecutive Scudetto in May.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 6 February, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Roma: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The sides shared four goals on Matchday 2 of the calendar.
Juventus v Roma Predictions and Preview
The champions have kept four successive clean sheets since Giorgio Chiellini returned to the fold. The Tuscan has only featured on eight occasions in all competitions and Andrea Pirlo is likely to be selective in when he picks his old team-mate.
Chiellini will start in the Champions League and in the big domestic matches and it is no coincidence the Bianconeri are now at their defensive best. In midfield, Pirlo appears to have settled on a preferred quartet. Weston McKennie, Rodrigo Bentancur, Arthur and Federico Chiesa have linked well with the former Fiorentina fan favourite flourishing out wide.
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The Azzurri star has contributed six efforts and four assists from his first 20 games in a Juventus shirt and his pace and penetration has given the Turin giants a different outlet that perhaps only Dejan Kulusevski can offer.
Elsewhere, Edin Dzeko and Paulo Fonseca have reportedly patched things up after a series of clashes. The ex-Manchester City hitman has been stripped of the armband and was close to a move to Inter in the winter window, but will make the trip to northern Italy.
The Bosnian has a fight on his hands to regain his place after deputy Borja Mayoral’s impressive performances. The Real Madrid youth graduate was brought in to ease the burden on the Giallorossi talisman and only Henrikh Mkhitaryan has netted more for the capital team.
Mayoral is 13/2 to open proceedings and Mkhitaryan is 15/2. The Manchester United and Arsenal misfit has an astonishing 19 goal involvements in 2020-21 and has been out of the standout performers in the top flight. Dzeko is 11/2 to register last and Roma are 10/3 to get the victory. A share of the spoils is 16/5.
One to watch for Juventus: McKennie has been the Bianconeri’s standout midfielder this term and his loan spell is soon to be made permanent. The Schalke owned ace is 10/3 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Roma: Stephan El Shaarawy spent 18 months in China but is back in Giallorossi colours. The wide forward is a welcome addition on the flanks and 15/2 to bag last.
Long shot: Roma’s haul of 43 strikes is only bettered by Inter and Atalanta, and Fonseca will be delighted with how his troops have fared without Dzeko. A criticism often levelled at the Giallorossi is their overreliance on the 34-year-old and the home dressing room will be confident of taking something from the contest. A 2-2 outcome is 12/1.