By James Snedaker and Ivan Avalos
Juventus vs Roma (Serie A)
Second placed Juventus have a crucial match this weekend as they take on a Roma side struggling to get results. The Giallorossi have tied four out of their last five matches against generally lower placed opposition, but they did pick up a draw away to first-placed Napoli, a hard match for any side. Juventus will need all three points from this match as they look to catch up with the table-toppers. The Naples club are two points above them and could move even further ahead when they play lowly Sampdoria this weekend.
Midfielder Roberto Pereyra is still out for the Italian champions name should return at the end of the month while center back Andrea Barzagli is doubtful for the match. Max Allegri should play his preferred 3-5-2 with wing backs Cuadrado and Evra likely to start over Lichtsteiner and Sandro who played in Coppa Italia over the week. Pogba, Marchisio, and Khedira should start as the trio in center midfield with Mandzukic and Dybala as the striking duo. Midfielder Kevin Strootman and attacker Gervinho are out for Roma, but they should be able to replace these absentees. The Giallorossi should play some variation of a 4-3-3 with Nainggolan and Pjanic in midfield and De Rossi anchoring just behind them.
Juventus have won their last 10 games in the Serie A after a slow start to the season, and at home they should get all three points. Roma have come up with some fantastic wins against good opposition this season, but the Bianconeri should be too good for them. The partnership of Mandzukic and Dybala should cause some problems for Roma but expect a scintillating strike form the Bosnian midfielder Pjanic to make the game interesting.
Prediction: 2-1 win for Juventus
Sunday, January 24th at 2:45pm on beIN Sports
Arsenal vs Chelsea (Premier League)
With two ties in their last two results first place Arsenal and 14th place Chelsea come onto this game with huge amounts of pressure to win, for different reasons. The Gunners hope that a win will be able to push them away from second place Leicester City who are tied at 44 points. Chelsea on the other hand are struggling with finding the title winning form that they enjoyed last season. Located at the lower half of the table with 25 points, Chelsea hope that a win can help them away from the relegation zone.
Last time these two London giants played each other there was an altercation on the field between Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Arsenal defender Gabriel. Gabriel ended up receiving a red card, leaving Arsenal with a man down while a second yellow card to Santi Cazorla left them with only 9 players on the pitch. Chelsea won the match 2-0 from goals from Zouma and an own goal from Chambers. Arsenal hope that Ozil steps up and does what he has been doing all season, assist. He has 1064 completed passes, 86 chances created and 16 assists. Ozil looks to break the records for most assists in one season who is currently held by Arsenal Legend Henry with 20 assists in one season. The blues hope their winger Willian steps up and gets the ball in the back of the net. With 8 goals and 4 assists Willian has been Chelsea's go to man and chance creator. Willian holds 47 chanced created for the blues and average of 84% passing accuracy. Ozil will be looking to find Giroud who has 12 goals, while Willian look for Diego Costa who has 7 goals.
This should be a hard game for both teams since both have so much to lose. Chelsea need to start winning more games if they away finish off in the top half of the table, while Arsenal also need to start winning if they wanna stay at that number one position.
Prediction: 2-1 win for Arsenal
Sunday, January 24th at 11 on NBCSN