Roma v Juventus preview: Maitland-Niles could debut in first home game of 2022

Roma are back at Stadio Olimpico for the first time in 2022 for a home match against Juventus on Sunday.

After returning from the winter break with a defeat to AC Milan at San Siro, Roma are looking to bounce back on home turf. But they are once again up against one of the seven sisters, who are proving notoriously tough for the Giallorossi to beat (with the pleasant exception of Atalanta recently).

In Juventus’ case, Roma lost the reverse fixture this season 1-0, and haven’t beaten them at home since May 2019. That said, they have pushed them close in some recent encounters and could take advantage of the Turin outfit being out of sorts.

After a shaky start to Max Allegri’s second spell in charge, Juventus are only three points above Roma in Serie A. They are unbeaten since the end of November, but drew with Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli upon their return to action in midweek.

There was no shame in that, but this is still a Juve side that has dropped points to the likes of Empoli, Verona and Venezia this season. If they can disrupt the Old Lady, Roma naturally have a chance to as well.

They will have to do so without Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini, both of whom are suspended after red cards against Milan. Ainsley Maitland-Niles should come straight in for his debut at right-back, while Marash Kumbulla will likely deputise in Mancini’s place.

Elsewhere, there shouldn’t be too many surprises from Mourinho, who has not held a pre-match press conference and so has left no clues as to his team news.

The game kicks off at 5:30pm UK time and will be live on BT Sport 1.

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