Juventus vs Roma LIVE Football Score 17 Oct 2021
Two giants of Calcio clash in the Sunday evening kickoff upon the resumption of Serie A, as Juventus welcome Roma to Turin.
While Juve’s recovery from a sluggish start to the season gathered pace before the international break, their visitors have been largely impressive since the appointment of Jose Mourinho and sit fourth in the standings – four points above the Bianconeri.
When midfielder Manuel Locatelli struck the winner four minutes from time in the Turin derby a fortnight ago, not only did Juventus continue their customary dominance over city rivals Torino, but they also moved above the Granata into the top half of the table.
Furthermore, keeping a clean sheet in the Derby della Mole halted an unedifying run of conceding goals in consecutive matches, a streak which was stopped just short of a club record 21 straight league outings.
While such defensive deficiencies would have been unthinkable in the first reign of head coach Max Allegri, since he departed to be replaced by Andrea Pirlo in a failed experiment and then returned this summer, Juve have been in flux at the back, with their identity as an impenetrable force severely diminished.
An impressive old-school resistance against Chelsea in the Champions League, plus success in the derby meant back-to-back blanks for the side which are now up to eighth in Serie A, but still seven points adrift of the summit.
Four straight wins have released a little of the intense pressure building around the cool-headed Allegri and his charges, providing a platform for them to tackle one of their most challenging contests of the campaign so far.
Though the Bianconeri are traditionally dominant against Roma at the Allianz Stadium – having won nine of their 10 league encounters played at the venue – they will take to the field on Sunday trailing their capital counterparts in the standings and wary of their potent attacking threat.
In fact, among the teams he has faced more than three times as a manager in Serie A, Roma are the one against which Allegri has the lowest win percentage – just 35% – and he will find himself up against a wily old competitor in the opposition dugout, who is intent on worsening that record.
Juventus vs Roma Predicted XI
Juventus Predicted XI (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny, Juan Cuadrado, Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro, Federico Bernardeschi, Rodrigo Bentancur, Manuel Locatelli, Dejan Kulusevski, Moise Kean, Federico Chiesa
Roma Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio, Rick Karsdorp, Gianluca Mancini, Roger Ibanez, Matias Vina, Ebrima Darboe, Bryan Cristante, Stephan El Shaarawy, Jordan Veretout, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eldor Shomurodov
Juventus vs Roma Prediction
Juventus are currently 7th in the league table after a slow start to their season. They reappointed Massimiliano Allegri as manager and sold star forward Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, and it is clear that the club is rebuilding the side.
Roma, on the other hand, appointed the charismatic and controversial Jose Mourinho as manager this summer. Mourinho’s stock has taken a massive dip in recent years, but Roma are currently 4th in the league table. There will be inevitable drama, but for now Mourinho looks content.
A close match is on the cards, and a draw seems to be an ideal result.
Prediction: Juventus 1-1 Roma