The Bianconeri turn their attention back to Serie A action following a 2-1 Coppa Italia first leg victory over Inter Milan during the week. Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals give them the advantage going into the second leg and will look to finish up the job at home. However, they must continue their title push with a visit from the Giallorossi this weekend. Pirlo’s side have posted five wins in their last five games in all competitions. Prior to their midweek win, they defeated Sampdoria away from Allianz Stadium at their previous league match.
The men in black and white are in a position that they will have to win most of their remaining league games to have a chance of retaining their title. Juve has been really difficult lately to break down. In the last five trips in all competitions, they shipped only one goal. After two consecutive head-to-head matches, they will be very inspired to defeat the Romans.
Paulo Fonseca’s team have won two of its last five races, with Lazio's derby 3-0 in the toughest time running. Away from the action, Fonseca had to deal with the feud with veteran striker Edin Dzeko, who had been dispossessed of the captain's position after falling out with the coach. Roma are looking to grab a Champions League spot and also potentially keep challenging for the Scudetto, with Juventus still fresh in their transition period this season. Mkhitaryan has been excellent this season for Roma, the 32-year-old would be fancied to play another leading role in a narrow success for Roma over the reigning champions.
Il Giallorossi have been way too unpredictable, but recently have been scoring targets for fun, which is a pleasure for the spectators. Without the talismanic striker Edin Dzeko in the team, the Romans notched seven goals along the way. Dzeko is also possibly going to miss the ride to Turin. It will be very interesting to see how the visitors will behave against Juventus' in-form defense in the final third.
Pirlo can be thankful that his players with positive COVID results are returning back to the squad but Argentine striker Paulo Dybala still remains on the treatment table while Bentacur is out on suspension. Aaron Ramsey and Franco Israel are also major doubts for the Bianconeri this Saturday.
Former United player Chris Smalling has become Roma’s go-to man since joining the Italian side but the defender will have to sit out this match while the extent of his injury he sustained before halftime against Verona is diagnosed. He experienced some discomfort in his left flexor and couldn’t carry on with the match. Typically, the kind of injury sets a player out for at least two weeks.
Nicole Zanioli remains a long term absentee from the squad while Pedri Rodriguez is also expected to feature on the sidelines. Asides these three players, the Roma squad are good to go on their trip to Turin.
Predicted Juventus XI: Szczęsny, Cuadrado, Bonucci, de Ligt, Sandro, McKennie, Rabiot, Ramsey, Chiesa, Morata, Ronaldo
Predicted Roma XI: Lopez; Mancini, Ibanez, Santon; Karsdorp, Villar, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Mayoral
Roma are yet to perform impressively away from home – they won four and lost four, and it is hard to escape the high chances that they will win due to the recent upturn of Juve, even though they don't like this. Andrea Pirlo has also won fewer goals at home than any other series A team and in their last two league matches Roma managed to offer four goals against low Spezia and Verona.