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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.

Players to watch

M. Pjanić

Position: Midfielder

Games: 34

  • 5
  • 9
  • 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.

S. Pepe

Position: Midfielder

Games: 12

  • 1
  • 0
  • 1
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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Juventus

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
20%
74%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
0 - 2
Juventus FC JUV
AS Roma ROM
1 - 2
Juventus FC JUV
AS Roma ROM
1 - 3
Juventus FC JUV

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