Match Preview: AS Roma vs Juventus

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TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 20: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after winning the Italian league at the end of the Serie A match between Juventus and ACF Fiorentina on April 20, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

Crowned champions Juventus travel to the Italian capital for the 36th round of Serie A, as they meet AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico.

It is Juventus’ third derby game in a row since clinching the title, as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo saved a point against both Torino and Inter in the previous two rounds.

The Portuguese striker is still four goals behind Fabio Quagliarella in the Capocannoniere race, having scored 21 goals in the campaign so far.

Roma is still alive in the fight for a top-four finish, sitting in fifth, four points behind Inter. The Gialliorossi can put pressure on their rivals with a victory, before Inter’s game against Chievo on Monday night.

Team news

Roma will be waiting to hear on the fitness of winger Diego Perotti, as the 30-year-old recovers from a hamstring injury.

Captain Daniele de Rossi and full-back Davide Santon could be in line for a return in the starting eleven, as both players trained with the team over the week.

Juventus will miss Federico Bernardeschi, who will serve a one-game ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, as well as midfielder Sami Khedira and Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic through injuries.

Alex Sandro suffered a hamstring injury at Inter two weeks ago, but traveled to Rome with the squad on Saturday. However, the Brazilian left-back is still a major doubt for head coach Max Allegri.

What did the managers say

Claudio Ranieri, who rejoined Roma after their Champions League exit by Porto, believes his players need to be determined and focused in order to win points against the champions

Paulo Dybala: “I want to stay at Juventus next year”

Paulo Dybala has downplayed fears over his future by declaring his intention to remain at Juventus next season.

“That’s a good question – you need to be determined and focused, first and foremost. We’re fully aware that we let a good opportunity slip away in Genoa, but what we have to do now is produce a reaction for our fans – that’s what you need in times like this,” he said via Roma’s official website.

“When I came here, qualifying for the Champions League looked a tough ask, but we’re still in with a shot. We’ve got three games left and we don’t want to have any regrets. We’ll give our all and then we’ll take stock.”

Max Allegri wants to see better football from his players, as they won only once in the last six meetings in all competitions.

“Tomorrow will be a great game against Roma. We have to play better because then we will have the celebrations after at home to Atalanta. It will be an evening celebration, which is something different than previous years and will be nice for all to see,” Allegri said via the Juventus official website.

“The team has a good understanding but we just need to figure out the tactical situations which can be improved upon. In my five years here only two players will still remain: Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci since Andrea Barzagli is retiring.”

Stats

Judging by the latest head to head tradition in this match-up, we could be in for a low-scoring contest here, as five of the last six meetings between Roma and Juventus didn’t see more than a single goal.

Roma have suffered only one defeat in the last eight games against the Old Lady across all competitions, noting four wins in the process.

Juventus have failed to score in only one Serie A game this season, suffering a 2-0 defeat to Genoa almost two months ago.

The Bianconeri won the reverse fixture back in December thanks to Mario Mandzukic strike in the first half.

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