Roma Women will be looking to beat league leaders Juventus for the first time ever on Sunday.
After a disappointing loss to Florentia last weekend, Roma return to Stadio Tre Fontane to take on their biggest challenge of the season yet: back-to-back champions Juventus.
It was Juventus who were the first ever visitors to Tre Fontane in Roma’s first ever season last year, with the 4-0 scoreline making it a day to forget for the club. However, in the reverse fixture in February, Roma pushed their opponents much closer, only losing by a single goal.
The next step for Betty Bavagnoli’s side, then, will be to at least score against a side who kept two clean sheets against them last season. With the likes of Lindsey Thomas and Agnese Bonfantini finding their form in front of goal, Roma have every reason to be optimistic of making that first stride towards claiming a bigger scalp.
Juventus’ winning start to the season came to an end last week, when Milan scored a late equaliser to seal a 2-2 draw. Roma will be aiming to further disrupt that momentum.
At this stage last season, Roma had just seven points, meaning they are already five points better off. Next weekend, they have the chance to cut the gap at the top when they host Juventus - but they will have to beat the champions for the first time ever to do so. Forza ragazze!— Giallorossi Yorkshire (@RomaYorkshire) November 18, 2019
English striker Eni Aluko confirmed her imminent departure from the Turin-based side this week, so will be looking for a positive send-off in her penultimate game for the club having scored a hat trick at Tre Fontane last season. Cristiana Girelli – who has scored seven goals in six league games this season – will ensure they have extra firepower in attack, and at the back, Italy captain Sara Gama will be a force to be reckoned with.
However, Roma have started this season more strongly than last term, and will be hoping to impress again in front of their home crowd – where they have not tasted defeat in over two months.
The game kicks off at 11:30am UK time on Sunday.