A titanic tie awaits as first-placed Juventus take on second-placed Roma at Juventus Stadium on Saturday evening.
This arguably is the biggest game of matchday 17 in Serie A. Thanks to a narrow win over high-flying AC Milan, Roma now sit alone in second. The Giallorossi have long had ambitions to mount a serious challenge for the Scudetto, and all in all, they have had a solid season thus far. However, Juventus still remain on another level entirely, but Roma could further enhance their title chances by becoming the first side to beat the Bianconeri at Juventus Stadium this campaign.
Of course, that will be much easier said than done. For starters, Juve’s three losses – to Milan, Inter, and Genoa – all took place on the road. The last team to defeat La Vecchia Signora on their home turf was Udinese. That was back in August 2015, on matchday one of the 2015/2016 season, and to date, the Zebrette are the only team to have defeated Juve on home turf on a season opening day.
Since then, they have won their last 24 home games at Juventus Stadium, which includes all eight games this season. Roma, too, also have a perfect record at the Stadio Olimpico, which was extended to eight after earning hard-fought 1-0 win over Milan courtesy of a goal from Radja Nainggolan. The Lupi also have lost three matches this term, and like Juve, all were on the road (against Fiorentina, Torino, and Atalanta).
However, Roma’s record against Juventus is quite poor. Not only have they lost 14 out of their last 22 meetings, but they have lost every single one of their past five trips to Juventus Stadium.
In terms of personnel, Mohamed Salah and Francesco Totti could return for the visitors, whilst Juventus now have Paulo Dybala back in the fold, but are still without Andrea Barzagli, Dani Alves, and Leonardo Bonucci.