Juventus bring their 2019/20 league campaign to an end at home to Roma, where they will officially be crowned Serie A champions for a ninth consecutive time.
Despite it sounding like complete dominance on paper, this season’s Italian top flight has been closer than ever. Inter, Atalanta and Lazio have all given the champions a run for their money, but none could mount enough momentum to knock the Old Lady off their perch.
In an up and down season for Maurizio Sarri that’s seen his side succumb to several disappointing results in their march to the Scudetto, he will look towards the final game of the season as a tough warm up for their return to Champions League action in August.
Here’s how they should line up in order to get an important win this weekend…
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – Veteran stopper Gianluigi Buffon played last time out, but the new Juve number one must be restored to the lineup with one eye on the Champions League.
Danilo (RB) – With Mattia Di Sciglio still injured, Danilo gets the nod in this one. He’s also likely to play in Juve’s Champions League games.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – With Giorgio Chiellini out on the sidelines, Bonucci is the experienced head at the back. His wisdom will be needed against a Roma side capable of causing an upset.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – The young Dutchman missed out in Juve’s 2-0 loss to Cagliari, thus is likely to be restored in this one.
Alex Sandro (LB) – Sandro is likely one of the first names on the team sheet. He’s chipped in with a goal and three assists in Serie A this season and will be looking for more before the season finishes.
Adrien Rabiot (CM) – Rabiot returns from suspension and heads straight back into the XI, in order to provide some cover and stability to Juve’s midfield trio.
Miralem Pjanic (CM) – Pjanic starts in what will be his final game at the Allianz Stadium for Juventus.
Aaron Ramsey (CM) – Ramsey hasn’t quite hit the heights at Juventus under Sarri, but he deserves another chance to impress in this one with the title wrapped up.
Federico Bernardeschi (RW) – One goal and one assist from 28 Serie A appearances doesn’t read great for Bernardeschi. He gets one more chance to improve on that in Douglas Costa’s absence.
Gonzalo Higuain (ST) – Paulo Dybala is unavailable through injury, thus the Argentine gets the shout for this one. A good performance will do him wonders, as he’s likely to play against Lyon, too.
Cristiano Ronaldo (LW) – Despite being on 31 goals heading into this one, Ronaldo needs at least four goals against Roma if he wants a chance of snatching the Serie A golden boot from Ciro Immobile. If anyone can do it, though, it’s him.