Likely lineups, predictions, tactics, team news, and key stats


Juventus will aim for their first victory in 2022 when they face AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

After a somewhat positive end to 2021, Juventus started the new year with a 1-1 draw with Napoli. It was not the most favorable result for the Italian giants, who still lag behind fourth-placed Atalanta by three points despite one more game.

the Bianconeri hope to turn the tide on Sunday when they travel to Stadio Olimpico to face AS Roma. It’s a must-see encounter for Massimiliano Allegri’s men as they look to secure their first victory in 2022. Three points this weekend could not only help them keep the pressure on the top four, but also thwart the competition. behind them.

Indeed, Roma are currently blowing the neck of Juventus with 32 points on the board, three behind their opponents this weekend. the GiallorossiHopes of competing for the top four have already received a heavy blow in recent weeks thanks to disappointing results against Sampdoria and AC Milan.

Another mishap on Sunday could put them at risk of falling to eighth position in the standings, behind Lazio, Juventus and Fiorentina. Jose Mourinho’s men have tasted defeat to Juventus in the second leg before, a game where Moise Kean’s striker in the first half proved to be the only difference between the two teams.

The hosts will want to not face a similar fate this time around, and here at The Hard Tackle, we’ll be leading the rule on these two teams ahead of their successful meeting in Rome this weekend.

Team news and tactics

AS Rome

AS Roma’s last game against Milan saw two of their players, Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini, register a double card. The duo are suspended ahead of this contest, joining Ebrima Darboe (AFCON), Amadou Diawara (AFCON), Borja Mayoral and Daniel Fuzato in the club’s absent list.

Karsdorp’s absence should give Jose Mourinho a perfect excuse to give Ainsley Maitland-Niles his Roma debut. The Englishman recently joined Roma on loan and is expected to operate as a right-winger. His attacking contributions alongside left winger Matias Vina could go a long way to helping Roma create chances in the final third.

It won’t be surprising to see Maitland-Niles drift down midfield to help Jordan Veretout, Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini in the second press line. Both Veretout and Cristante are likely to occupy defensive roles largely, hoping to break Juventus’ game and mop up loose balls in midfield, while Pellegrini could operate in a more attacking role.

The Italian’s creativity and technical prowess should come in handy when bonding with the two forwards from Nicolo Zaniolo and Tammy Abraham. Zaniolo is expected to step in alongside Pellegrini in the defensive phase, with Abraham deployed as the sole leader.

Speaking of defense, Mancini’s suspension means it will fall on Marash Kumbula to form Roma’s returning trio alongside Chris Smalling and Roger Ibanez. the Giallorossi should operate with a low line of defense, mainly to thwart the often lacking creativity Juventus attack.

Probable composition (3-5-2): Patrick; Kumbula, Smalling, Ibanez; Maitland-Niles, Veretout, Cristante, Pellegrini, Vina; Zaniolo, Abraham

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Juventus

Juventus face some injury issues with Leonardo Bonucci and Danilo being unavailable. But on a positive note, Giorgio Chiellini is back in the race after showing a negative result.

The veteran defender is expected to return to his place at the heart of Juventus’ defense alongside Matthijs de Ligt. Massimiliano Allegri has also confirmed that Juan Cuadrado will start at right-back as Luca Pellegrini is not fit enough to play ninety minutes of football. The defense counsel may appear as an alternate later in the proceedings.

However, there should be no changes to the left-back, with Alex Sandro likely to be given the green light again ahead of Mattia Di Sciglio. The marauding Brazilian’s forward march could endanger Roma’s backline, especially for debutant Maitland-Niles.

Switching to midfield, Allegri could be tempted to make at least one change as the Italian keeps an eye on Supercoppa Italiana’s important final against Inter Milan. Adrien Rabiot is expected to retire, paving the way for Rodrigo Bentancur to form the three-way midfielder alongside Weston McKennie and Manuel Locatelli.

McKennie should have the freedom to move forward or drift across large areas of the field. It will be interesting to see how Allegri chooses his attacking staff, as Paulo Dybala may need a bit more time to get back into top form. This should force the Italian tactician to continue with the large attacking duo of Federico Bernardeschi and Federico Chiesa, with Alvaro Morata in the front row for Bianconeri.

Probable composition (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Chiellini, de Ligt, Sandro; Bentancur, Locatelli, McKennie; Bernardeschi, Morata, Chiesa

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Key statistics

  • Juventus are unbeaten in seven of their last nine league games against AS Roma and have won the last two – the last time the Bianconeri won three straight victories against the Giallorossi in Serie A was back in 2014.
  • Juventus have beaten Roma most often in Serie A (84) and rank second in terms of goals scored against Giallorossi (270, just behind Inter with 287).
  • Roma have won three of their last six home league games against Juventus – since 2015/16 only Napoli have had more Serie A home wins against Juventus. Bianconeri.
  • After winning their first four home games of the season in Serie A, Roma have only won two of their last six home games in the competition; despite this, neither team have kept their clean sheet in more home matches than the Giallorossi this season (five).
  • Roma haven’t won in their last two league games and could go winless in three consecutive games for the first time under Jose Mourinho; the last time this happened in Serie A was in May 2021 with Paulo Fonseca in charge (four).

Player to watch

Ainsley Maitland Niles

Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ loan to AS Roma this month marks a milestone in the Arsenal midfielder’s career. The player has struggled to secure consistent playing time in the Emirates, but he will have the opportunity to show his talents more regularly with the Giallorossi.

While making his Serie A debut against Juventus can be an intimidating prospect for any player in Europe, there is reason to be optimistic for Roma fans. Especially from a tactical point of view, the Englishman should bring some much needed athleticism to the flanks. His ability to take on a more central role also suggests that he can help a lot in the second line of press.

It will be particularly interesting to see the England connection between Chris Smalling, Tammy Abraham and Maitland-Niles, as Roma look to thwart Juventus this weekend.

Prediction

AS Roma 0-2 Juventus

Despite the absence of a few key players, Juventus have the upper hand in this competition due to improved team harmony and the prospect of a potential return of Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala in the lineup. departure.

Perhaps more importantly, AS Roma are in a tough spot right now as their promising start to the campaign has recently turned into a period of mediocrity. It looks like Jose Mourinho’s boom is well and truly dying out, and it won’t be surprising to see the Giallorossi face further disarray in the coming weeks, starting with a potential loss to Juventus.


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