Roma to win war of attrition against Juventus
Out-of-sorts Juventus will host rivals Roma on Sunday evening in Turin, in what many are billing a battle of wills between Massimiliano Allegri and José Mourinho in the respective home and away dugouts in Serie A. Read our preview here:
Kean to impress
With Álvaro Morata probably sidelined until next week, Moise Kean and Federico Chiesa will be the forwards in a 4-4-2 formation. The former has endured a poor start to the campaign, much like many of his teammates from a domestic perspective. The 21 year old's passing has always been a weakness to his game, and whilst it has often been masked by his positioning, the shape deployed by Allegri leaves little room for error. In midfield, Adrien Rabiot misses out because of testing positive for Covid, and the defence as a collective have been surprisingly poor, even with their full complement of starters.
Jordan Veretout continues to have a purple patch in front of goal for I Giallorossi, despite being exclusively used as the left-sided half of a double pivot in front of the back four. In defence, Mourinho will continue to be without both Chris Smalling and Leonardo Spinazzola, so Ibañez and Riccardo Calafiori will retain their places. Tammy Abraham, whose early form was rewarded with an England call-up, will probably only make the bench at the Juventus Stadium; Uzbek colleague Eldor Shomurodov will plough a lone furrow up top, looking to bring the attacking midfield triumvirate into play at any available opportunity.
Yes way, José!
With Juve looking so ordinary by their own lofty standards, the Scudetto is wide open, and Napoli are already 10 points ahead of the 'Old Lady'. Mourinho has a knack throughout his managerial career of taking down giants more than a peg or two, and Roma look well equipped to execute his plan on Sunday - betway have odds of 4.00 for an away win.