It’s the seventeenth round of the Serie A and Juve host Roma tonight at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
Juve remain unbeaten in this Serie A campaign with fifteen wins and a draw up till now while Roma are struggling to get points week in week out.
The Bianconeri are first in the league standings with an 8-point advantage over second-placed Napoli and with a 22 point difference from Roma, currently seventh in the Serie A.
The current Serie A leaders come from a hard-earned win against Torino in the Derby della Mole of last Saturday and will need to put in a strong display if they want to win against the club from the Italian capital.
— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) December 20, 2018
Last Sunday, Roma got a win against Genoa which had been missing for over a month. For sure, the Giallorossi will surely need to be in their best form if they want to go back home with any points from the encounter.
Juventus Team News
After missing out on the derby against Torino, Szczesny should return to the starting line-up and take Perin’s place in goal.
The back four should remain unchanged with De Sciglio starting as right back replacing injured Joao Cancelo. Alex Sandro will start on the left and Chiellini and Bonucci as the two centre-backs.
In midfield, Rodrigo Bentancur is in fine form but was not available for last week’s encounter due to suspension and is expected to take his place back from the start. Pjanic and Matuidi will not rest and should start once more to make up a strong midfield line for the Bianconeri.
Mandzukic will lead the line in attack with Ronaldo and Dybala to his sides on the left and right respectively.
Juventus Probable Line-up (4-3-3)
De Sciglio – Bonucci – Chiellini – Alex Sandro
Bentancur – Pjanic – Matuidi
Dybala – Mandzukic – Ronaldo
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 22, 2018
Roma Team News
Eusebio Di Francesco seems oriented towards changing formation from the last match against Genoa and adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Robin Olsen should be given another chance by the manager and start in goal despite his poor form against Genoa which could have caused them to suffer an embarrassing loss.
In defence, Florenzi seems to have recovered from a minor injury and should start at right back. The centre-back pair should be composed of Manolas and Fazio and Kolarov should start the match at left-back position.
Di Francesco will have to do without the Roma captain Daniele De Rossi and also Lorenzo Pellegrini due to injuries. Nzonzi and Cristante will start as defensive midfielders in front of the back four.
In attack, Justin Kluivert should start on the left wing and Cengiz Under on the right for a mix of speed and technique on the flanks. Zaniolo can get his fifth start this season and start behind striker Edin Dzeko who seems to have recovered in time for tonight’s big match.
Roma Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Florenzi – Manolas – Fazio – Kolarov
Nzonzi – Cristante
Under – Zaniolo – Kluivert
— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) December 21, 2018
The last meeting between the two at the Allianz Stadium in Turin was exactly a year ago and the match ended in a 1-0 win for the Bianconeri thanks to a goal by former Roma defender Mehdi Benatia. Tonight’s match will be the 171st time these two teams meet with the Bianconeri having won a total of 81 matches.
Roma have failed to get a win against Juve away from home for the last eight encounters between the two teams.
Betting & Match Odds
Juventus are priced at odds of winning the match 73/10 according to Yobetit, while a Roma win at the Allianz Stadium is priced at 39/100. A draw is priced at 7/2 Odds are subject to change.