For the last seven years, the Serie A has been exceedingly lopsided. Juventus has taken home the scudetto in all of these seasons. If the 2018-19 table is anything to judge by, the Bianconeri will make it eight in a row. Juventus are undefeated so far in the season, but AS Roma might offer stiff competition tonight at the Allianz Stadium
The hosts are clear favorites in this contest, having not lost to the Giallorossi in eight games at home across all competitions. In the last five Serie A games between the two sides, Juventus have won three, lost one and drawn one. A stat that underlies the dominance of the Turin based side in this particular fixture.
Juventus will be buoyed by the return of Rodrigo Bentancur from suspension. The Uruguayan midfielder has been playing his heart out this season, putting in assured performances in midfield. He is most likely to feature in a three-man midfield with Blaise Matuidi and Miralem Pjanic.
Joao Cancelo’s services, however, will be missed for Max Allegri’s side. The Portuguese full-back is sidelined with a knee issue that will keep him out till after the winter break. Mattia De Sciglio will replace him on the right. Juan Cuadrado and Andrea Barzagli too will miss out on this fixture due to injuries.
While Juventus have very few first-team players out, AS Roma have legion of injured starters. Lorenzo Pellegrini and Stephen el Sharaawy are both out with a thigh injury. Club captain Danielle de Rossi will also be unavailable for the game. Talismanic striker Edin Dzeko is in a race to be fit for the match, but he most likely will not start. On a positive note, Alessandro Florenzi has been declared fit for this important game for AS Roma.
Juventus in scintillating form, Roma not so much
The Old Lady are, arguably, the strongest team in Europe at the moment. The last loss to BSC Young Boys notwithstanding. Juventus have won six of their last seven games across all competitions. Specifically, in the Serie A, Juventus are yet to face defeat and have picked up maximum points in their last seven games. They include wins over rivals like Internazionale, AC Milan and Fiorentina.
AS Roma, meanwhile, have been in a slump. A major slump, to say the least. Eusebio di Francesco’s men have only won two of their last seven games. This lack of form has resulted in the Romans struggling in mid-table, sitting at the 9th spot.