AS Roma still has works to do this season to secure their Champions League spot next year. They have no reason to be satisfied yet, especially considering their latest result. This weekend, they will have to take on the defending Champions, Juventus. This will be the real test for Edin Dzeko and Co to prove if they deserve to compete on the top four. Maurizio Sarri surely will push his team to gain maximum points and take over the top after Inter’s latest result.
Il Giallorossi failed to begin their 2020 campaign impressively. They were stunned by Torino’s form, especially their captain, Andrea Bellotti. He bagged a brace which brought his team to their first victory in Olympico Roma since 2007. Paulo Fonseca’s men seemed to be unable to break the deadlock and frustrated by Salvatore Sirigu’s and his defensive team mates’ amazing form.
La Vecchia Signora showed their true class while hosting the potential dark horse this season, Cagliari. They hammered Rolando Maran’s men 4-0. It was, of course, none but Cristiano Ronaldo who was the man of the match with his hattrick. Another goal was scored by his Argentinean comrade, Gonzalo Higuain.
Missing players and probable lineups:
AS Roma under Fonseca is quite offensive with the 4-2-3-1 formation. They rely on Edin Dzeko and two wingers plus a number-ten player to support him. Nevertheless, such tactic seemed to be easily anticipated in the previous match. Therefore, he could try to employ 3-4-2-1 to apply layered wall as well as limit the space for Dybala, Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo to create chances. Unfortunately, some names will be sidelined due to their injury. They are Justin Kluivert, Bryan Cristante, Davide Zappacosta, Fabrizio Fazio, Davide Santon, Javier Pastore and Henrikh Mikhtariyan.
Roma: Pau Lopez; Chris Smalling, Leonardo Spinazzola, Gianluca Mancini; Jordan Veretrout, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Alexander Kolarov, Alessandro Florenzi; Nicola Zaniolo, Cengiz Under; Edin Dzeko.
Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri tweaks his preference at last. Lately, he often deploys 4-3-1-2 instead of his favourite 4-3-3 to accommodate Dybala and CR7’s potential. It seems to have worked well so far. Luckily, only two players are on the injury table, Giorgio Chiellini and Sami Khedira.
Juventus: Wojciech Szczesny; Juan Cuadrado, Alex Sandro, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs De Ligt ; Miralem Pjanic, Adrien Rabiot, Blaise Matuidi; Aaron Ramsey ; Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo.
There seems to be no dominant side between these two teams in the head-to-head meetings. Roma won three times in the last eight encounters while Juventus did it slightly better with four times win.
Leonardo Bonucci and Co are still considered as the favourite despite playing away. If Roma still plays the same way they did while losing against Torino, they will be in a deep trouble as Juventus can definitely do a lot worse than Il Toro.
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