Massimiliano Allegri’s Serie A champions face off against last season’s runners-up, with the start of the new campaign just three weeks away
Juventus and Roma will renew their intense rivalry when the top two sides in Serie A last season meet in the International Champions Cup in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday.
The Bianconeri claimed a sixth successive Scudetto in May, with a 3-0 win over Crotone, but they will not have forgotten that they missed the chance to wrap up the title the weekend before at the Stadio Olimpico, where they were beaten 3-1 by the Giallorossi.
As a result, Massimiliano Allegri’s men will no doubt be looking to lay down an early marker this weekend, with the start of the new Serie A season just three weeks away.
|Game||Roma vs Juventus|
|Date||Sunday, July 30|
|Time||16:00 local / 21:00 BST|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, deferred coverage of the game will begin on Premier Sports at midnight. However, it will be possible to watch the game on a live stream via the Premier Sports Player.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Premier Sports||Premier Player|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on ESPN and, in Spanish, on ESPN Deportes. It can also be streamed live on WatchESPN.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|ESPN / ESPN Deportes (Spanish)||WatchESPN|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Defenders||Peres, Kolarov, Fazio, Jesus, Castan, Manolas, Moreno|
|Midfielders||De Rossi, Gerson, Nainggolan, Gonalons, Pellegrini, Strootman|
|Forwards||Dzeko, Defrel, Perotti, Iturbe, Under, Tumminello|
New Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is expected to make changes to the starting line-up which defeated Tottenham on Tuesday
Kostas Manolas’ future has been the subject of much uncertainty this summer, with the Greece international on the verge of joining Zenit at one point, but he could be recalled to the centre of the defence alongside recent arrival from PSV, Hector Moreno, who started on the bench against Spurs.
Lorenzo Pellegrini is also likely to come into the midfield, after playing just 28 minutes during the week, while Cengiz Under and Marco Tumminello could be rewarded with starting berths after their respective second-half strikes against Tottenham.
Potential starting XI: Skorupski; Peres, Manolas, Moreno, Jesus; Gonalons, Strootman, Pellegrini; Under, Dzeko, Tumminello.
|Goalkeepers||Buffon, Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Del Favero|
|Defenders||Alex Sandro, Barzagli, Benatia, Chiellini, Coccolo, De Sciglio, Lichtsteiner|
|Midfielders||Asamoah, Bentancur, Caligara, Khedira, Lemina, Mandragora, Marchisio, Pjanic, Rincon, Sturaro|
|Forwards||Bernardeschi, Cuadrado, Douglas Costa, Dybala, Higuain, Kean, Mandzukic|
Italy international Federico Bernardeschi could make his first appearance for Juventus since his controversial €40 million move from Fiorentina.
The versatile winger did not feature against PSG but could be asked to provide the width in the Bianconeri attack along with another summer signing, Douglas Costa, who was rested in midweek after making his debut against Barcelona.
Elsewhere, Claudio Marchisio should return in the middle of the park, after his two-goal haul against PSG, while there could also be recalls for Mattia De Sciglio and Miralem Pjanic.
Potential starting XI: Buffon, De Sciglio, Barzagli, Chiellini, Asamoah; Sturaro, Marchisio, Pjanic; Bernardeschi, Higuain, Costa.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Unsurprisingly, Juventus are expected to triumph at the Gillette Stadium, with dabblebet making the Italian champions 21/20 favourites.
Roma, though, are available at an attractive 12/5. The draw can be taken at 13/5.
These two sides have developed a deep animosity for one another over the past few years that was perhaps best summed up by Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.
“I hate Juventus, always,” the Belgian stated in February. “I hate them because they always win with a penalty or a free-kick.
“I came to Roma to win something against Juventus.”
Nainggolan has yet to achieve that goal and while there is no prize on offer on Sunday, one can be sure that the in-demand midfielder will not only be desperate to play but to win.
Roma will certainly go into the game on a high after their 3-2 win over Tottenham, particularly as there has been growing unrest among the fans over the quality of the club’s summer signings.
However, Juve impressed themselves in their own 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain, which came courtesy of a last-gasp penalty from Marchisio.
With some high-profile acquisitions set to return to their starting line-up, the Bianconeri will be confident of giving Nainggolan and Roma even more reason to dislike them when they meet on Sunday.