Serie A day six is the day of league leaders Juventus against AS Roma. The two major contenders for the Italian title are finally ready to battle face-to-face and provide us with more answers about who should be considered the favorite.
Bianconeri and Giallorossi are the only two Italian teams playing in Champions League this season.
Comparing last week’s European clashes, AS Roma look more than capable of challenging Juventus.
Both teams will have some defections. The most important are Daniele De Rossi for Rudi Garcia’s side, whereas Andrea Barzagli and Andrea Pirlo are key for Massimiliano Allegri’s team. However, the two Italian national team veterans are still yet to debut this season.
Roma’s legend Francesco Totti will be eager to replicate exceptional performance that he delivered against Manchester City on Tuesday night. If Roma were to claim all three points it would no doubt represent a stepping stone for Totti and his teammates.
On the other hand, Juventus have everything to lose. They are the Serie A champions of the last three years and they are hosting their most accredited opponents at the Juventus Stadium. Both teams will have ample time to recover from possible injuries and prepare for the match of the season thus far.
All the other teams will stare at the Juventus Stadium contest, with no title expectations as of yet. Rafa Benitez’s Napoli are in poor form and don’t look worthy of challenging for major honours. Sunday night the Azzurri are favourite against Torino at San Paolo, and still awaiting Gonzalo Higuain’s first goal of the campaign.
The other Sunday night match is between Fiorentina and Inter Milan at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence. Viola and Nerazzurri have been assembled to reach a Champions League place this season, but both teams are experiencing a problematic period.
Vincenzo Montella is in open conflict with the local press, which is criticizing the manager for some recent choices to the starting XI. At the same time, the former AS Roma player mayhave to deal with a long list of injuries which includes Mario Gomez, Giuseppe Rossi and Juan Cuadrado.
Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzari will be just as unsettled as Montella, following a heavy 4-1 defeat at home to Cagliari last time out.
Many believe the Juventus against Roma match is between the two favorites for the Serie A title, whilst the Inter and Fiorentina clash is seen as the battle for third place.
As far as a Champions League positioning is concerned, do not forget AC Milan as well. Rossoneri have failed to win in any of their past three matches, however, they face Chievo on Saturday with the chance to regroup. Defender Cristian Zapata will be out of action due to his red card last weekend against Cesena. Rumors have it that Stephan El Shaarawy will return to the starting XI, and will complement the likes of Fernando Torres and Jeremy Menez.
On Sunday evening most of the teams will fight to maintain a mid-table position. Parma are at home to Genoa and Lazio host Sassuolo.
Udinese are a surprise packet who are at home to Cesena, whilst Atalanta will travel to face Sampdoria who are also in a good vein of form.