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Serie A giants AS Roma host Juventus in a top of the table fight at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday in what could be a massive match in the context of deciding the table.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be available on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD.

Overview

Roma have not been at their best form over the past few weeks, failing to close games resulting three matches being drawn in their last four games in all competitions. However, Roma will be buoyed by the possible availability of Juan Iturbe, who came off the bench against Feyenoord in their Europa League fixture in the midweek.

A win here will bring the difference at the top to six points, which currently stands at nine, but a loss will be a fatal blow to their chances of securing anything out of the season. Moreover, the reverse fixture between the two sides saw more drama than football, wherein three penalties and two red cards were awarded in the match.

Rudi Garcia will be desperate to secure a positive result out of this game as anything less than a win will be a massive blow to their chances of securing the Serie A title.

Meanwhile, Juventus are favourites coming into the fixture, having being beaten only once the entire season. Carlos Tevez is in brilliant form for the Serie A side and will be the player to watch out for in the match. Massimiliano Allegri will be without Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba for the game who are both out with slight niggles.

What managers say

Rudi Garcia: "We have shown against Feyenoord that we haven't forgotten how to play. We need to remain on this path. We have two days less than Juve to prepare for Monday's game but I'm confident. There is a game against Juventus that we must win. Everybody's tense after a game. The problem is that maybe too much was said in the months which followed because looking at all the draws we've just had, that game was not decisive. The only thing we can do now to reopen the title race is to win. If we want to try to create a miracle, considering how far behind we are, then we've got to win."

Massimiliano Allegri: "The game is going to be very important, but not fundamental for the title," Allegri told a news conference. "Certainly two sides who have given life to some great, physical and technical duels in recent years will meet," he added.

Betting odds (By 888Sport)

  • Roma win: 11/5
  • Draw: 23/10
  • Juventus win: 23/17

Team news

Roma

Possible XI: De Sanctis; Torosidis, Manolas, Astori, Holebas; Pjanic, Keita, Nainggolan; Gervinho, Totti, Ljajic.

Juventus

Possible XI: Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Sturaro, Marchisio, Vidal; Pereyra; Tevez, Morata.