Empoli – Roma
Roma had 16 players called up for international duty over the past fortnight – the most they have ever had at one time. That statistic has been held up as evidence of the impressive depth in this season’s squad, a quality which might be put to the test against Empoli. With a key Champions League fixture against CSKA Moscow coming up on Tuesday, Rudi Garcia is expected to rest several members of his starting XI.
Given that the manager is able to replace the likes of Francesco Totti and Juan Iturbe with Mattia Destro (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2195959-mattia-destro-must-take-his-c...) and Alessandro Florenzi, he probably does not have too much to worry about.
Away win – 1.55
Juventus – Udinese
Just under two years have passed since Andrea Stramaccioni became the first visiting manager to win at Juventus Stadium. His 3-1 victory with Inter ended a 49-game unbeaten run at home for the Bianconeri. Now he returns with a black-and-white striped team of his own. Can he spring an even bigger upset this time with Udinese?
His prospects are not as dim as they might first appear. Juventus arrive without the injured Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo, while Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli are also in doubt. And although Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri was not around for that loss to Inter in 2012, he did fail to beat Stramaccioni in any of the three meetings that they had back when both men were coaching clubs in Milan.
Double chance: Draw or away win – 3.00