Juventus – Roma Preview

Posted on 22/01/2010


Serie A Week 21 – 23/1/10 (19.45 UK)
Juventus – Roma
Stadio Olimpico

While he insists revenge isn’t on his mind, Roma boss Claudio Ranieri will want to stick it to former club Juventus on Saturday night.

The Tinkerman was fired with just two games remaining last season after having led Juventus to a third place finish the year before.

His efforts in Turin now appear miraculous considering the difficulties Ciro Ferrara is having with a team that was significantly upgraded in the summer.

Roma come into this game with the intention of extending their incredible 11-match unbeaten run in Serie A. They currently lie third, two points ahead of Juventus in the table.

Despite his midweek diplomacy, Ranieri’s team sheet suggests he is in an unforgiving mood with an attacking trident very much on the cards.

Roma fans are eagerly anticipating the premiere of a Totti-Toni-Vucinic frontline and all three players look likely to start in Turin.

Toni and Totti are two of Italy’s best ever goal scorers, having found the net 489 times between them down the years.

Ferrara will have to draw up a plan of containment, but he can also point to the fact that Roma haven’t won away to Juventus in Serie A since they lifted the Scudetto in 2001.

The arrival of Antonio Candreva could also give his side a much-needed boost, as they look for only their second win in Serie A since the beginning of January.

While Juventus’s injury crisis shows no sign of abating, they should recover Momo Sissoko in time after his return from the African Cup of Nations in Angola.

That should allow Ferrara to play a 4-3-1-2 formation with Diego in the hole behind Ale Del Piero and Amauri, two strikers who have really struggled for goals so far this season.

Keep an eye on: Antonio Candreva (Juventus) – The 22-year-old Italy international is due to make his debut for Juventus against the team he supported as a boy. Candreva isn’t sentimental, though. He says he’ll celebrate if he scores against the Giallorossi on Saturday.

Last five in Serie A: Juventus (L L W L L) Roma (D W D W W)

Last season: Juventus 2-0 Roma

Juventus (probable): Buffon; Zebina, Cannavaro, Chiellini, Grosso; Candreva, Marchisio, Sissoko; Diego; Del Piero, Amauri

Roma (probable): Julio Sergio; Cassetti, Mexes, Juan, Riise; De Rossi, Pizarro Taddei; Perrotta; Vucinic, Totti

Ref: Tagliavento