Preview and Predictions
Going by how Juventus and Roma have started the season, you might be tempted to predict a snoozefest when they clash. Both teams have not conceded yet, so this could be a bore draw.
But these aren’t just any two teams; Juventus and Roma are icons of Serie A and have had some of the greatest players in the Italian League. Former Juventus darling, Paulo Dybala made the switch to Rome this offseason and will make this clash all the more exciting.
After two matches this season, both teams sit 3rd and 4th on the log with Roma ahead of Juventus by only 2 points
Head to Head
Both in recent games and historically, this clash has favoured Juventus. In the last 5 games between them, Juventus have won 4.
In 34 matches, Juventus have won 21 games, while Roma have eight and five of the matches have ended in a draw.
Last time Roma were in Turin, they lost to a solitary Moise Kean goal.
Juventus have won one game and drawn the other. In the opening match of the season, they put 3 goals past Sassuolo with Vlahovic grabbing a brace. However they could not find the back of the net in their match against Sampdoria despite their dominance.
While Roma have not been scoring freely yet, they have maintained a stingy defense, eking out two 1-0 wins over Salernitana and Cremonese. New striker Paulo Dybala has settled well in the capital but is yet to score and is poised for a fairytale return to Turin.
Juventus were hit with a wave of injuries at the beginning of the season, but there is finally some good news from the medical staff. Paul Pogba and fellow midfielder Arthur could return as soon as early September.
Wojciech Szczesny could return to face his former employers this weekend. Longer-term absentees Angel Di Maria and Federico Chiesa are not expected back in the team anytime soon.
Potential Juventus starting XI: Szczęsny; Danilo, Bonucci, Bremer, Sandro; Miretti, Locatelli, Rabiot; Cuadrado, Vlahovic, Kostic
Jose Mourinho will travel to Turin without Nicolo Zaniolo and Georginio Wijnaldum. Zaniolo picked up a shoulder injury in the win over Cremonese while Wijnaldum fractured his right tibia in training.
Regardless, the team is still brimming with attacking talent and will need all of them firing if they hope to turn the tide of negative results against Juventus, in 11 home matches, Juventus have failed to pick up all 3 points only once.
Potential Roma starting XI: Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Pellegrini, Spinazzola; Dybala, Abraham, El Shaarawy
Juventus have struggled without the creativity and flair of Di Maria and Pogba. Last weekend they lacked sharpness in front of goal against Sampdoria which saw them drop behind the leading pack.
The acquisition of Arkadiusz Milik would help inject some attacking flair later in the season, but seems too soon to have an effect in the clash against Roma.
For Roma, the loss of Zaniolo is a blow, but they look adequate to cover. Their attackers however need to find their goal scoring boots pretty soon if they plan to be involved in the title push this season.
While Juventus have historically bossed this fixture, they have looked like a team that would blow the competition away this season. Roma would look to take advantage of Juventus’ vulnerability but have weaknesses of their own primarily a lack of efficiency in front of goal. A draw looks like the most likely result from this match.
Draw @ 3.15
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 2.05