The Allianz Stadium will not only host two heavyweight clubs this weekend, but two heavyweight managers as Massimiliano Allegri and Jose Mourinho pit tactical wits in their respective hopes of bringing home the Scudetto this campaign. As it stands, Roma are fourth, and Juventus are atypically down in seventh.
Starting with the hosts, Allegri ushered in his second era as Old Lady manager with a whimper, going winless (including two defeats) in his opening four Serie A games but, Juventus being Juventus, they have naturally turned a corner and are now on a tear of three successive wins, and moving up the table quick.
They entered the international break off the back of a Derby della Mole triumph at the expensive of city rivals Torino, while they also beat European champions Chelsea 1-0 in the Champions League, so they are starting to find form. For Roma, they have made a blistering start to the campaign under Mourinho.
The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager has got Roma up to fourth in these embryonic stages of the 2021/22 season, with five wins from the opening seven games, painting a positive picture in the Eternal City. A win here, though, would really send out a message of intent to the rest of the division.
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Juventus vs Roma: Match Stats
Alvaro Morata is yet to truly explode this season, in terms of his goalscoring output, but he has a penchant for popping up early doors, with the Spaniard so far netting twice, and both of those goals coming in the opening 10 minutes: the 10th minute vs Napoli, and the fourth vs Milan.
There may well be a desperation from both managers to win this contest, but that may border with a ‘must not lose’ mentality. Defeat would sting, so both Allegri and Mourinho may be happy to accept a draw and move on to more ‘winnable’ fixtures, though certainly do not rule out a victory either way.
Juventus have secured victory in nine of their 10 Serie A games played at the Allianz Stadium against Roma, losing the other match, which came against Paulo Fonseca’s men on the final day of 2019/20 (a 3-1 reversal against Maurizio Sarri’s side). In fact, the Giallorossi could become the first team against whom the Old Lady secure a 10th league win (against a single club) at the stadium since its opening in 2011.