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Juventus vs Roma live stream, predictions & team news | Serie A

By Mohamed Moallim

Juventus vs Roma live stream, predictions & team news | Serie A

Published: 9:28, 6 February 2021

Juventus are looking to continue their winning momentum in Serie A when AS Roma visit on Saturday evening at 5pm (UK time).

Andrea Pirlo’s side remain in the title hunt despite being eight points behind leaders Inter Milan and seven behind AC Milan in second, though they have two games in hand over the former and one over the latter. This weekend’s opponents find themselves a point above the champions.

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Where to watch Juventus vs Roma on TV:

  • UK: Premier Sports 1
  • US: ESPN+

Scoreline prediction: Juventus 3-2 Roma

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Juventus vs Roma build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:

It’s fair to say a semblance of consistency has dawned on Juventus following early struggles in Pirlo’s tenure. Only recently did the defending champions string together a three-match winning run (4-1 vs Udinese, 3-1 vs AC Milan and 3-1 vs Sassuolo) something they hadn’t previously managed in Serie A this season. They couldn’t make it four wins on the bounce at rivals Inter Milan, who inflicted a 2-0 loss on the Old Lady, but Pirlo’s men recovered well — beating Bologna and Sampdoria by the same 2-0 score — and can equal their longest winning streak if they claim all three points this weekend. They’ll feel confident about it considering the Bianconeri have won each of their previous three home outings.

However, with the exception of Sassuolo, they were against teams in the bottom eight which should encourage a Roma side that currently sit one point above Italy’s most successful club. Momentum is also on their side after wins over Spezia and Hellas Verona, though it hasn’t necessarily vanquished that painful 3-0 loss at Eternal City foe Lazio which represents another recent disappointing loss on the road against one of the big boys. A 3-3 draw against Milan in October has since been followed by huge defeats at the hands of Napoli (4-0) and Atalanta (4-1) before that aforementioned Rome derby. Can Paulo Fonseca’s men break that record at the home of the champions?

  • Juventus (vs Inter): Buffon; Cuadrado, Demiral, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Bernardeschi, Rabiot, Bentancur*, McKennie; Kulusevski, Ronaldo.
  • Roma (vs Hellas Verona): López; Mancini, Roger Ibañez, Smalling*; Karsdorp, Veretout, Villar, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Mayoral.

Rodrigo Bentancur serves a one-match suspension after receiving the minimum amount of yellow cards required. He’s joined on the sidelines by Franco Israel (head) and Paulo Dybala (knee). As for the visitors, they must do without the banned Lorenzo Pellegrini while Nicolò Zaniolo (knee) is out. There are question marks over the availability of new signing from FC Dallas Bryan Reynolds (knock), as well as Chris Smalling (thigh) and Pedro Rodriguez (muscle).

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Players to watch:

  • Juventus: Like a fine wine, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to get better with age. The five-time Ballon d’Or recipient goes into this game a day after turning 36 and there are no signs of him slowing down according to his former Real Madrid fitness coach, Giovanni Mauri. “I’ve worked with many footballers in their forties, from [Paolo] Maldini to [Alessandro] Costacurta,” he told Tuttosport. “When I was at PSG I was sure [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic would have played until 40-years-old. They are all athletes with great flexibility despite their strength. Ibra has got a dancer’s mobility despite a weight of almost 100 kg. Cristiano Ronaldo is part of this category and can play until he’s 40.” However, the Portuguese forward is staring at recording an unusual milestone by his own lofty standards, coming into this game against Roma having failed to score in three consecutive Serie A games. You have to go back to November 2017, then representing Los Blancos, for the last time Ronaldo went four league games without netting.
  • Roma: Someone with whom Ronaldo should be familiar is Borja Mayoral, considering they’ve played together on 16 occasions at Real Madrid and combined to score one goal (in a 3-1 loss at Tottenham). Mayoral has now followed Ronaldo to Italy’s top division and to say he’s made an impact would be an understatement. The 23-year-old Spanish centre-forward has registered six goals across his opening 14 league games for Roma, though he’s completed the full 90 minutes just once. That said, Mayoral has scored the joint-most goals (six) across his opening five Serie A starts in the era where three points are handed for wins. He’s started the Giallorossi’s last two league outings (subsequently grabbing three goals) so chances are Mayoral is there from kick-off. Can the on-loan striker breach Juve’s defence?

Serie A 2020/21 recent form:

  • Juventus: WWLWW
  • Roma: WWLDW

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