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  • December 12, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 60000
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Serie A Preview: Roma v Juventus

Serie A Preview: Roma v Juventus

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The Old Lady travel to the capital hoping to maintain unbeaten record, while the hosts look to end two-game losing streak


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ROMA

Stekelenburg
Rosi, De Rossi, Heinze, Taddei
Perrotta, Simplicio, Pjanic
Totti
Lamela, Osvaldo

JUVENTUS

Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini
Pirlo
Pepe, Vidal, Marchisio, Giaccherini
Matri


Luis Enrique will be missing several key personnel for the visit of the league leaders, with Juan, Bojan and Fernando Gago all suspended after the trio saw red in last week's defeat to Fiorentina. David Pizarro remains a doubt for the Giallorossi, along with Simon Kjaer, meaning Daniele De Rossi is likely to fill in as a makeshift centre-back.

However Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is in line to return for the hosts following his internal suspension following his clash with Erik Lamela.

The visitors will travel to the capital without former Roma forward Mirko Vucinic, who has been ruled out with the muscle strain sustained in last week's victory over Cesena.

On the plus side for the Old Lady, Andrea Pirlo should make his return following suspension, with the former Milan midfielder expected to sit in behind central partners Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio.



DID YOU KNOW
  • Roma have won only half of their home games this season.
  • Defeat has been the most frequent outcome of Roma's fixtures this season, with the Giallorossi suffering six losses.
  • Luis Enrique’s side have lost their last two games without scoring a goal
  • Juventus have only lost to Roma once in their previous 12 Serie A meetings.
  • The Old Lady are the only unbeaten side in Serie A this season.
  • Antonio Conte's side have won exactly half of their away games this season.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
-José ÁngelDefender
19G. HeinzeDefender
-Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
-Leandro GrecoMidfielder
92Federico VivianiMidfielder
11Erik LamelaStriker
18Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
10Francesco TottiStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
12CicinhoDefender
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
-Fabio Henrique SimplicioMidfielder
99Gianluca CaprariMidfielder
88Marco BorrielloStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
7Simone PepeMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
21Marcelo EstigarribiaMidfielder
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
11Eljero EliaMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
Players to Watch
Miralem Pjanic
Miralem Pjanic
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Lyon playmaker has impressed in the capital, since signing for the club in the summer, putting in some impressive performances for his new side. The 21 year old is currently leading the assists chart for the Giallorossi, with six already this season, and he will need to be at his creative best, if his side are to overcome the league leaders on Monday night.
Simone Pepe
Simone Pepe
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The versatile winger has been in excellent form for the Bianconeri in recent weeks, netting three goals in his last four league appearances, and after grabbing the winner at the Stadio Olimpico a few weeks back, he will be hoping for a repeat performance on his return to the capital.
Prediction
With Luis Enrique's side struggling for form at present, along with the visitors recent record against the Giallorossi, another defeat for the hosts could be on the horizon.
Editor's Prediction
Roma 1

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