AS Roma and Juventus will lock horns in a crunch Serie A encounter at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Roma are fifth in the standings, with the Bianconeri two places behind them. Both sides will be vying for a victory in their quest for the European places.
An intriguing element to the game is Roma’s talisman Paulo Dybala facing his former club for the second time this season.
AS Roma have made significant progress under Jose Mourinho this season, with the Portuguese manager turning them into top-four contenders.
However, the Giallorossi slipped to fifth place following last week’s shock defeat against Cremonese, during which Mourinho was sent off for dissent.
He has been handed a two-match suspension after entering the referee’s dressing room.
City rivals Lazio climbed to fourth place with a victory against Sampdoria and Roma will be keen to rectify matters this weekend.
Roma are involved in a tight battle with Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atalanta for the three Champions League places, with Napoli clear at the top with an 18-point lead.
Dybala holds the key, having been Roma’s best player this season, racking up 12 goals and seven assists across all competitions this season.
The World Cup winner will be the centre of attention as he will play against his former club after suing them for pending salary.
The Argentine playmaker’s rich vein of form means he can haunt the Old Lady and diminish their hopes of European qualification.
Despite enduring a chaotic season this season – from getting knocked out of the Champions League to being deducted points for the Plusvalenza scandal, Juventus have continued to show spirit against all odds.
A place in the Champions League looks a far cry, but Massimiliano Allegri’s men are approaching every game in a confident mood.
Last week’s victory against Torino in the derby was their third consecutive win across all competitions, and they will bid to build on that momentum.
They are six points off the Europa Conference League qualifying spot and 10 points off the final Champions League place.
Allegri’s men need a miracle and a string of consistent results to get into Europe’s premier competition.
For the time being, their focus will be against Roma, and a victory can prove to be a huge turning point for their chances for the remainder of the season.
Juve will be hoping for Angel Di Maria to rise to the occasion, with the Argentine being in sublime form of late.
AS Roma vs Juventus Potential Line-ups
AS Roma (3-4-3): Rui Patricio; Rick Karsdorp, Roger Ibanez, Marash Kumbulla; Nicola Zalewski, Bryan Cristante, Nemanja Matic, Leonardo Spinazzola; Paulo Dybala, Tammy Abraham, Lorenzo Pellegrini.
Juventus (3-5-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Danilo, Gleison Bremer, Alex Sandro; Juan Cuadrado, Nicolo Fagioli, Angel Di Maria, Adrien Rabiot, Filip Kostic; Federico Chiesa, Dusan Vlahovic.
How to watch?
The game between AS Roma and Juventus, alongside other Serie A fixtures, can be viewed online via live Serie A streams.
AS Roma vs Juventus Prediction
With both teams boasting equally talented players, it is difficult to predict the outcome of the game. However, Juventus may collect three points by a close margin.
AS Roma 1-2 Juventus
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