The two-week October international break is over and we dive straight into a massive game on Sunday night as Juventus take on Roma in Turin under the lights.
Roma last game before the international break was a 2-0 home win on Empoli where captain Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrated his contract extension with a goal and celebrated under the Curva Sud. Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second just minutes into the second half after Tammy Abraham rattled the crossbar. The game was marred at the end when Chris Smalling, who had started the season well, picked up a muscle injury in the dying embers of the game.
The international break for Roma went well until Tuesday night where Tammy Abraham was forced off injured during England’s 1-1 home draw against Hungary with a sprained ankle. I know it is a big game, but it’s not worth the risk of risking Abraham on Sunday evening and causing more damage to the ankle. Roma has a hectic schedule in the next few weeks with big games in Serie A and Europa League Conference football.
PREDICTED LINE-UP | ROMA (4-2-3-1)
Rui Patricio, Karsdorp, Mancini, Ibanez, Calafiori, Veretout, Cristante, Zaniolo, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Shomurodov.
After a slow ponderous start to the current Serie A season where Juventus became the laughingstock of social media after going winless in the opening three games, the fortunes have been turned around and Max Allegri side find themselves higher in the league table. Eighth in the current standings in Serie A with 11 points from 7 games. A whopping ten points behind current league leaders Napoli who are 21 points from 7 games.
After the poor start to the season, Juventus are now unbeaten in six games in all competitions. In Serie A they have picked up ten points from a possible twelve. Three wins, over Spezia and Sampdoria which were 3-2 in Juventus favour. Then the final game before the two-week international break was the 1-0 away win against city rivals Torino in the Derby Della Mole. The draw was the 1-1 home game against AC Milan. In the Champions League, Juventus are two wins from two with wins in Sweden against Malmo and the 1-0 home win over Chelsea.
This is Max Allegri’s second stint in charge of Juventus, he was previously in charge from July 2014 to June 2019. He then came back after Andrea Pirlo was relieved of his duties after the 20/21 season. Allegri in his second spell at the club has been in charge of nine games in all competitions, winning 5, drawing 2 and 2 losses.
PREDICTED LINE-UP | JUVENTUS (4-4-2)
Szczesny, Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, De Sciglio, Cuadrado, Locatelli, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Chiesa, Kean.