Tuesday, January 21, 2014

AS Roma vs Juventus Coppa Italia - January 21, 2014

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AS Roma vs Juventus - Competition: Italian Coppa Italia
Match date: 21 January 2014 - Kick Off Time: 19:45 GMT - 8:45 PM
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Italy 

In the Italian Serie A, AS Roma are eight points behind league leaders Juventus. They took their clean-sheet tally in league matches to 13 from 20 games with Saturday’s 3-0 win over Livorno. With four wins in their last six Serie A fixtures, they have opened up a useful gap on third placed Napoli, and have solidified their position in their Champions League qualification spots. The Giallorossi come in the quarter final after won with minimal 1:0 over Sampdoria.
Rudi Garcia was aware of the importance of this clash and rest some of his key players from the last match against Livorno. Maicon didn't play at all, while the captain Francesco Totti and new signing Radja Nainggolan entered the match in the second half. Federico Balzaretti remains on the sidelines, whereas Daniele De Rossi is doubtful through a toe injury and fever. Ljajic and Mattia Destro should start from the bench. new signing Michel Bastos will be unlikely on the pitch.
  • Probable lineups AS Roma (4-3-3): De Sanctis – Maicon, Benatia, Castan, Dodo – De Rossi, Nainggolan, Strootman – Florenzi, Totti, Gervinho.

Juventus come in this match in great form and have 12 wins in a row. in the Serie A conceiding only 4 goals. Anyway, the Old Lady showed severe defensive weaknesses in the weekend’s triumph over Sampdoria, so they will certainly be looking to improve at the back, while staying ruthless up front. The Bianconeri hammered minnows Avelino in the last 16 stage to earn a clash with AS Roma.
Conte will probably play with Giovinco and Quagliarella in the attack. Also Bonucci and Pirlo, who have not played in the last match are expected to be in the team. Vucinic has move to Inter Milan while new signing Guarin will not be available. Pogba and Vidal could play in the second half.
AS Roma have only lost once this season and it happened against Juventus two weeks ago with three unanswered goals. In twelve matches played at home so far this season (11 league and 1 cup), Roma are undefeated and have scored 28 goals and conceded 2.
  • Probable lineups Juventus (3-5-2): Storari – Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini – Lichtsteiner, Padoin, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah – Quagliarella, Giovinco.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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