The thought of a title decider after 11 games may seem melodramatic, but the importance and potential ramifications for Sunday’s clash between league leaders Roma and the reigning Serie A champions Juventus cannot be downplayed.
Both sides will also be looking for a response after Juventus lost to Arsenal, and Roma were beaten by Wolfsburg in the Champions League.
Roma have been in imperious form this season, winning 10 of their 11 league games, with their only defeat in Serie A this term coming against Juventus in September.
Since losing 1-0 to the reigning champions, they recorded eight consecutive league victories. As a result of their positive run of results, Roma sit six points clear of Juventus at the top of the Serie A table.
While Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan have all scored more league goals than Alessandro Spugna’s side this season, Roma’s backline has proven to be an immovable object. In 11 Serie A matches, the league leaders have only conceded on three occasions, and in the process, they have kept eight clean sheets.Embed from Getty Images
Juventus only dropped points in three games last term, while they have already failed to win four of their opening 11 league games this season.
Like their opponents, they have only lost one Serie A match this season, but three draws have hindered their progress.
The most recent of those draws took place against ninth-placed Como, which would have frustrated Juventus boss Joe Montemurro. Although his side bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Inter in the Derby d’Italia last weekend.
While they were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, Juventus are unbeaten in four league games, and they will cut the deficit at the top of Serie A to three points with a win on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
Roma have met Juventus in 13 competitive games. Roma have won only one game within 90 minutes, and they have never beaten Sunday’s opponents in the league, while the Bianconere have recorded nine victories in regulation time.
They have also met on two occasions this season. Juventus claimed a 1-0 league victory, before Roma won the Italian Super Cup on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Players to watch
Roma: Valentina Giacinti
The Italy international has been in fine form this season, and will represent Roma’s main goal threat on Sunday. In 20 competitive appearances this season, she has racked up 10 goals, including six in the league. Giacinti can also take confidence from the fact that she scored against Juventus in the Italian Super Cup earlier this season.Embed from Getty Images
Juventus: Cristiana Girelli
Sunday’s game could prove to be the battle between two Italian strikers. Although Girelli has failed to score in her last eight competitive appearances for Juventus, she has scored seven goals in 10 league games. She also has the ability to create opportunities for her teammates, after providing four assists across all competitions this term.Embed from Getty Images
Roma: Ceasar; Bartoli, Wenninger, Linari, Minami; Greggi, Giugliano, Andressa; Serturini, Haavi, Giacinti
Juventus: Peyraud-Magnin; Lenzini, Sembrant, Salvai, Boattin; Caruso, Junge Pedersen, Grosso; Bonansea, Beerensteyn, Girelli
Where to watch
The top of the table clash kicks off at 14:30 CET/13:30 GMT. The game is available in Italy on TIM Vision and in the United Kingdom on ATA Football.