Juventus Could Send Strong Message To Serie A With Win Over AS Roma

By Malamine Sane
Photo courtesy of Juventus Official Facebook page

Serie A action resumes this weekend with a crucial encounter between the top two teams in the table. Juventus and AS Roma will face off this Sunday at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. Juventus leads the way with a five-point cushion on Roma, and will be looking to extend their lead to eight points. For Roma, a loss would almost end their title hopes.

After a brilliant start with 10 straight wins, Roma have conceded five draws in their following seven games. The Gialorossi are still undefeated, but are no longer top of the table due to Juventus’ excellent form. Since their loss to Fiorentina on October 20, the bianconeri have won their nine subsequent league games, scoring 23 goals and conceding only one.

For this trip to Turin, Roma coach Rudi Garcia will probably keep his 4-3-3 formation and the same starting XI. The French manager will once again rely on his solid defense to bring at least a point from Turin. The gialorossi have conceded only seven goals in 17 Serie A games and are the best defense in the league. Garcia’s men also have the fourth-best attack in the league with 35 goals, behind Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli.

Antonio Conte will have his full squad at his disposal for this encounter, which means the Juventus manager will have to pick between Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio in central midfield in Juve’s 3-5-2 formation. Pogba has  taken advantage of Marchisio’s injury at the start of the season to earn his place in Conte’s starting XI, and it’s difficult to imagine the 20-year-old Frenchman, with just five goals this season, return to the bench.

Conte’s men have not failed to score in 17 games this season and are the highest-scoring team in the league with 39 goals scored. The bianconeri are also the second-best defense behind their Sunday opponents with only 11 goals conceded.

Sunday’s clash will feature the best attack (Juventus) against the best defense (Roma) in Serie A. The two teams will probably finish in the first two places, but it’s still too early to say who will be champion. However,  Sunday’s game might give us a better idea.

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