Serie A champions Juventus welcome AS Roma for their final home game of the 2019/20 season.
The Bianconeri claimed a ninth successive championship with two matches to spare and you wouldn’t blame them if their attention has turned to winning a first Champions League title since 1996.
Udinese have beaten Juventus at home in Serie A for the first time since April 2010.
An incredible comeback victory for Le Zebrette. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/3cwF4AJWTV
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They have lost two of their last three Serie A games, after all.
Juventus had beaten Cagliari away from home in all eight of their previous title-winning seasons during their current streak.
Tonight, Cagliari beat Juventus 2-0 at home. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/IDAcVELweE
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Maurizio Sarri is expected to make wholesale changes, giving their visitors from the capital no better chance to register a victory and subsequently end Juve’s 39-match unbeaten streak at home (which began after Sarri’s Napoli left with a 0-1 win in April 2018).
That, and general pride, is pretty much all the incentive Roma have for this upcoming game. They are guaranteed to end the season in fifth, two places lower than their 2018/19 finish.
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Where to watch Juventus vs Roma on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: ESPN+
Juventus & Roma’s previous line-ups:
- Juventus (vs Cagliari): Buffon; Cuadrado, Rugani, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Pjanic*, Bentancur, Muratore; Bernardeschi, Higuaín, Ronaldo.
- Roma (vs Torino): López; Smalling, Mancini, Kolarov; Peres, Cristante, Diawara, Spinazzola; Pérez, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko.
Juventus go into Serie A’s final weekend missing up to five players due to injury. Paulo Dybala, Matthijs de Ligt, Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira are in the physio room. Miralem Pjanic, meanwhile, is suspended. As for Roma they head into Turin with just the injured duo of Lorenzo Pellegrini and Antonio Mirante missing.
Players to watch:
Juventus: This match could be the last at their respective clubs for some of those participating. It might have been a farewell Juventus outing for Barcelona-bound Miralem Pjanic, but an early booking against Cagliari last time out means he misses the showdown against his former club. Just in time to replace Pjanic, Adrien Rabiot is back from his own suspension.
When it comes to midfielders, Sarri likes what he likes. It’s why Jorginho will always be linked with a move to which ever club he’s managing, and the spectre of Jorginho in turn creates uncertainty for Sarri’s existing midfield options. With Arthur already coming in from Barcelona in exchange for Pjanic, Juve have been fielding questions over the future of Rabiot.
The club are saying the French midfielder’s future lies in Turin, publicly at least, having been urged to show keep patience.
“In post-lockdown games I saw an Adrien very similar to the one I trained at PSG,” his former coach Laurent Blanc told Tuttosport this week. “More enterprising, skilled in transitions and powerful. But Rabiot can do even more because he has all the qualities to become a top player. He probably hasn’t figured out how strong he is yet.
“If the Bianconeri bet on him a year ago they must be patient because they have a great talent on their hands. Trust me, there are few players like him and it won’t take long to reach the top.”
Elsewhere, the four-goal minimum Cristiano Ronaldo needs to even tie for this season’s Capocannoniere (top-scorer) award seems a bit of a stretch (even for him) and in any case Sarri is threatening to play his youth team.
“Conceding 40 goals this season might be a concern, but tonight’s game was not,” he told the Italian press on Wednesday.
“We had we injured players and we came off a championship win 68 hours ago, so it was an atypical game that should be taken for what it is.
“We must become more solid. But we are the only ones in Europe who have played five games in 12 days, the league has created huge problems for us.
“Let’s see how we are tomorrow and if it is appropriate to deploy the Under-23s on Saturday against Roma to make the best recovery.”
Roma: It’s been a much better season than the last one for Edin Dzeko, who is a strike away from registering 20 goals in all competitions. That’s something he’s only done twice before in four previous seasons with Roma, and he’ll fancy his chances if Italy’s perennial champions field a second-string team to cope with playing five games across 12 days and with focus now certainly on their Champions League campaign. Dzeko, though, hasn’t always fared well on the road against Juve. In four previous Serie A outings at their ground, he’s failed to find the net.
Scoreline prediction: Juventus 2-2 Roma
Serie A 2019/20 recent form:
- Juventus: DWLWL
- Roma: WDWWW