AS Roma will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing away defeat in Milan to start 2022 with a home performance against Juventus on Sunday evening.
Two big games to kick off 2022 in Serie A for AS Roma. Thursday’s performance in Milan against a depleted AC Milan side was disappointing, 3-1. Roma was 2-0 down after seventeen minutes and only started playing just shy of the halftime interval. Got the goal before the halftime break thanks to a smart finish from Tammy Abraham.
But a late second-half collapse cost Roma dearly, Rick Karsdorp got sent off for two yellows. Just after that, Rafael Leao made it 3-1. Gianluca Mancini also got sent off in stoppage time for two yellows. His second yellow was for a foul on the substitute Rafael Leao which gave away a penalty. Zlatan Ibrahimovic then had his penalty saved by Rui Patricio.
Roma will be missing two key components from their defence going into Sunday game against Juventus. What made the defeat even more disappointing was the officiating from Serie A referee Danielle Chiffi.
It has been confirmed that Roma have officially signed Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season. There are rumoured to be more signings coming into Roma in this January transfer window as Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveria is rumoured to be next.
PREDICTED XI | ROMA (3-5-2)
Rui Patricio, Kumbulla, Smalling, Ibanez, Maitland-Niles, Cristante, Veretout, Pellegrini, Vina, Zaniolo, Abraham.
Juventus are the first visitors to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening in Roma’s first home game of 2022. Juventus under Max Allegri this season are in 5th position in the Serie A standings with thirty-five points from twenty games. Three points and two places ahead of their week twenty-one opponents and three points behind Atalanta who have that coveted 4th place in Serie A.
A slow start to the season where Juventus were struggling in Serie A after Max Allegri’s return with his 4-4-2 tactic. Since November, Juventus have been in excellent form, just one defeat in the last nine Serie A matches. That was the 1-0 home defeat against Atalanta on matchday 14. Since the Atalanta defeat, Juventus have gone unbeaten in six, winning four and drawing two.
The four wins have come against Salernitana, Genoa, Bologna, and Cagliari all without conceding a goal, and weirdly all been 2-0 wins. Two away from home and two at home. The two draws strangely both 1-1 were at Venezia and the first game back after the winter break against Napoli on Thursday night.
PREDICTED XI | JUVENTUS (4-2-3-1)
Szczesny, Cuadrado, Rugani, De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Bentancur, Locatelli, Chiesa, Dybala, Bernardeschi, Morata.