Serie A Week 17: Juventus vs. Roma Preview, Prediction, TV Schedule and Live Stream

By Paul E. Davidson , Updated Dec 16, 2016 11:16 AM EST
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Radja Nainggolan with his teammates Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and AC Milan.
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The top two teams in Serie A this season meet at Juventus Stadium in Turin on Saturday as part of Week 17 of the Serie A season. Juventus is looking to solidify their hold on the top spot while Roma wants to close the gap with the reigning champions.

Juventus vs. Roma Match Details, TV Schedule and Live Stream Links

  • Date: December 17, Saturday
  • Venue: Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy
  • Start Time: 2:45 PM ET, 7:45 PM GMT
  • Channel: beIN Sports USA (USA), BT Sport 3 (UK)
  • Live Stream: beIN Sports Connect, BT Sport App, fuboTV

Juventus vs. Roma Preview

The reigning champions Juventus sits atop the Serie A table with 39 points after 16 matches. The Bianconeri is coming off a 3-1 win against Torino last Sunday in the Derby della Mole. Gonzalo Higuain scored a brace while Miralem Pjanic added one more in stoppage time.

Juventus is on a two-game winning streak in the league at the moment after 3-1 wins against Atalanta and Torino. Legendary Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon is not taking Roma lightly as he believes that the club from the capital is a threat to their title reign.

"I think Roma have a good identity and they are changing the way they deal with certain situation. I rate their coach and they have a competitive team with world class players. They are going to be in contention with us to the end, and with Napoli," Buffon told SportMediaset.

On the other hand, Roma wants to close the gap at the top as they will be one point behind Juventus if they can beat them on Saturday. The Giallorossi are on a three-game winning streak that started against Pescara, followed by Lazio and finally AC Milan.

Possible Formation and Starting XI

Juventus (4-3-3): Gianluigi Buffon; Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini, Daniel Rugani, Stepha Lichtsteiner; Stefano Sturaro, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio; Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain

Roma (3-4-1-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Antonio Rudiger; Emerson dos Santos, Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, Bruno Peres; Diego Perotti; Radja Nainggolan, Edin Dzeko

Prediction: Juventus wins 2-1. 

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