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Serie A

  • February 16, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 54981

Roma-Juventus Preview: Andreazzoli targets first win against in-form Bianconeri

Roma-Juventus Preview: Andreazzoli targets first win against in-form Bianconeri

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The Giallorossi are yet to taste victory in the league in 2013 and face a tricky test against the Italian champions, who can go eight points clear at the top of Serie A


Marquinhos, Burdisso, Dodo
Lamela, Bradley, De Rossi, Marquinho
Pjanic, Totti

Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres
Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah
Vucinic, Matri

Antonio Conte's side are looking to make it three wins on the bounce when they travel to the capital to take on a stumbling Roma side who are still getting used to life under interim coach Aurelio Andreazzoli. 

Having emerged unscathed from the emphatic 3-0 victory away at Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday night, the Juventus coach has no new injury concerns, although Federico Peluso and Claudio Marchisio are suspended.

Kwadwo Asamoah could return to the starting XI after returning from international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana, while Leonardo Bonucci is also available having served his two-match domestic suspension.

Having both found the net in the Bianconeri's last two matches, Mirko Vucinic and Alessandro Matri are once again expected to lead the line, and Nicolas Anelka could make his Serie A debut from the bench. Paolo De Ceglie and Luca Marrone are also pushing for starts.

Andreazzoli made numerous changes to Zdenek Zeman's favoured starting lineup in the 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria and is faced with several injury concerns for Saturday.

Alessandro Florenzi did not take part in Thursday's training session as he is suffering from flu, and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Daniele De Rossi could face late fitness tests on their respective knee and thigh injuries.

The Giallorossi are already without Leonardo Castan, Federico Balzaretti and Mattia Destro for the clash against the Italian champions, so Andreazzoli will be hopeful that his star players can make a quick recovery.

  • Juventus thumped the Giallorossi 4-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season, with Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Alessandro Matri and Sebastian Giovinco getting on the scoresheet.
  • These two sides are Serie A’s top scorers, with 100 goals shared evenly between them. However, Roma have conceded the second-most in the division (45) whilst Conte's side have the best defensive record (16).
  • Roma have lost four of their last six Serie A matches and are currently 10 points behind arch-rivals Lazio who occupy the final Champions League spot.
  • Roma have only been able to secure one victory in their last 15 Serie A encounters against Juventus, back in February 2004.
  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Erik Lamela are tied as the Giallorossi's top league goalscorers with 11 goals. Fabio Quagliarella leads the Old Lady's charts with seven.
  • Mirko Vucinic (pictured, right) moved from Roma to Juventus in 2011 for a reported fee of €15 million. The Montenegrin has scored 19 goals in 62 games since joining.

Players to watch

E. Lamela

Position: Midfielder

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The Argentine attacker has been one of Roma's few bright sparks in an otherwise disappointing Serie A campaign. With a sharp eye for goal, it is no surprise that Lamela is being targeted by Europe's elite clubs. The 20-year-old seems to improve with every match and he has already bettered his tally from last season, with 11 goals in 19 league matches this campaign.

A. Matri

Position: Attacker

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Having notched a goal in each of the Bianconeri's last three matches, the much-maligned striker has worked his way up the pecking order and looks to have secured a starting berth in Antonio Conte's forward line. The 28-year-old has scored six goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season and will be looking to expose a shaky Giallorossi defence.

Editor's Prediction

Aurelio Andreazzoli has a tough task on his hands if he is to transform this Roma side into European hopefuls. Though he has plenty of attacking talent at his disposal, the Giallorossi have real problems at the back and I expect Juventus to take advantage of their defensive vulnerability and heap more misery on the capital outfit.

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