A.S Roma vs Juventus Preview #152

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Days after Roma’s loss to Torino in the Coppa Itaila the big one has arrived. One of the biggest club clashes in Italian football is back as we will surly see jam-packed Juventus Stadium on Saturday Night with Defending champions Juventus host last years Runner’s up A.S Roma in a prime time match up. In Italy we have the Roman Derby the Milan Derby and the Turin Derby this is no derby but the rivalry and hatred very much exists these teams do not like each other and we will certainly see a tense match between some of the best Italy has to offer. These two teams have been going at it for years Roma having played second  fiddle in many of Juve’s title winning seasons. A massive fixture in Italian football the lads from the Eternal City against the Evil Empire of Turin I’ve referred to this match for years as Italy’s El Classicio. This match up is a big as it is been in years as the race for the Scudetto is closer then its been in years 4th place Roma are only three points behind 3rd place Juventus with a game in hand. Last season these teams played twice in two exiting battles splitting the games as Juve won 1-0 at their place and Roma won 3-1 at theirs. In this game all eyes will be on Miralem Pjanić the Bosnian free kick specialist spent 5 season with Roma making 185 appearances for the Romans scoring 30 goals. Before he abruptly decided to turn his back on the supports to leave for Juventus. This move only intensify the hatred between Roma and Juventus I expect him to receive abuse from the away support. In this very important game it will come down to who will perform better on the day Juventus currently are in pretty great form however they aren’t the Juventus of old. It must be noted that they have squandered several points this season and as it stands Napoli are the favorites for the title despite Juve beating Napoli they haven’t been the same team without Boncchi and Dani Alves.With that being said Juventus are nearly unbeatable at home and have a lot of world class talent to beat Roma even though it will be tough. Roma who have just lost to Torino in the cup equally have what it takes to pull off an upset in Juventus’s back yard. Roma have had issues finishing last few weeks hitting the bar several times throughout this period I feel like a game like this could get Roma in good form once again I reckon they will be more clinical then in past games. Juventus are the favorites without a doubt with the likes of Pjanic,Higuian, Dybala, Douglas Costa as well as many other in the fire fueled team. However their defense isn’t as strong in years past Roma have a chance here to break it down Roma can not take any chances in this game Eusebio Di Francesco has proven this season that he is one of the best young managers in football i expect him to give Juve a tough time. I would start Schick, Dzeko and El Shaarawy up front with Perotti as a key sub I think Roma need to start with that kind of fire power to be able to keep pace with Juve. Schick scored his first goal for Roma against Torino and looks very strong he has earned to start against the team that almost signed him. I think Roma midfield will be key in trying to crave them open with Radja Nainggolan, De Rossi and Kevin Strootman holding the midfield. The defense Roma has will be Juve’s biggest issue in the game Allisson has been Serie A’s best keeper this season and the Roma defense has been nearly unbeatable when they play there best for I see Florezni and Kolarov as very important as they can push forward up the wings to open up scoring chances. Juventus is the better team and are amazing at home but Roma have the tools to put up a fight against the champions Roma have a chance…….    

 

A.S Roma Projected Starting 11 4-3-3
GK: Allison
DEF: Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Alexandro Florenzi and Kolarov
MID: Radja Nainggolan, Danielle De Rossi and Kevin Strootman
Front Three: Edin Dzeko, Patrick Schick, Stephen El Shaarawy 

Juventus: Projected Starting 11 (4-3-3)
GK: Szczęsny
DEF: Sandro,Benatia,Barzagli,De Sciglio
MID: Matuidi,Pjanic,Khedira
Front Thee: Dybala, Higuain,Costa

Match Details:
Date: Wednesday 20th December 2017
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kickoff: 10:30PM (USA) 4:45PM (ENG), 5:45PM (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Sky Italia, BEINSports                

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