Lawmaker Targets DOE’s Weatherization Program

first_img RELATED ARTICLES California Increases Funding For Low-Income Weatherization U.S. House Proposes Huge Increase In Weatherization SpendingGet a Green Grip on Stimulus CashBeyond Weatherization: More Stimulus Money Coming Sorting the Nuts and Bolts of a State’s Weatherization Program Some States Customize Weatherization Plans, but Will DOE Approve?Weatherization Funding’s Hot State/Cold State BalanceMinnesota Gears Up for Weatherization Onslaught As Weatherization, SEP Funds Roll Out, Spending and Scrutiny BeginIn Some Areas, Weatherization Struggles Out of the GateFor Indiana, Weatherization Funds Are Still on HoldNevada Wrestles with Its Weatherization Plan When Spending Weatherization Money Is Harder Than Getting It Transforming Stimulus-Funded Weatherization into a National Industry Weatherization Training Center Doubles in Size, Triples in Training Capacity Still a Slow Dance for Weatherization Funding in Some StatesWeatherization in Texas Inches Along CautiouslyInspections: Crucial Links in the Weatherization ChainGauging the Stimulus Effect in Georgia, MinnesotaRattling California’s Weatherization CageOnce Again, Weatherization Cited as a Stimulus Laggard Stimulus-Funded Weatherization Begins to Find Its FootingDOE Targets Innovation in Its Weatherization Program Pondering the Evolution of Weatherization and Retrofit Snapshots from Tennessee DOE Announces Home Efficiency Scoring System and Weatherization GuidelinesIn New Jersey, Weatherization’s Bureaucratic MeltdownCalifornia’s Ongoing Weatherization OdysseyWeatherization’s Political FalloutWeatherization’s Home-Stretch Recovery Things have been so busy on Capitol Hill lately that hardly anything is getting done. After toiling to near exhaustion since October 25, the 12 members of the bipartisan deficit supercommittee this week tumbled out of the Congressional clown car without a deal. The committee’s six Democrats and six Republicans, it turns out, couldn’t quite agree on a key point or two, particularly when it came to raising revenue by increasing taxes on wealthy citizens.So, after a well-deserved Thanksgiving recess, some of the lawmakers will pack themselves back into the little car and head for a number of legislative safe houses, where they’ll try to repeal the automatic budget cuts – about half targeting military spending and half targeting domestic programs – that have been triggered by the deficit committee’s failure. No surprises here. By now, most people have grown accustomed to watching lawmakers use ideology to position themselves for reelection rather than for serving the public. Until the 2012 elections are behind us, much of what will be presented as “lawmaking” will actually be little more than grandstanding.A relatively small program with big notorietyElected officials, though, do have ways of at least trying to appear productive, much like a hamster on a hamster wheel appears to be going nowhere fast. A case in point is the Stop Green Initiative Abuse Act of 2011, introduced by Representative Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican representing the Third Congressional District in Tennessee. The purpose of the measure is to eliminate the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides free weatherization services for low-income households.The WAP, which is administered by the Department of Energy, has historically been ignored by politicians as a cost-cutting target because its annual budget was, at a few million dollars, relatively small. But the program became a favorite piñata of conservatives after its budget ballooned dramatically – to about $5 billion over three years, under the $787 billion economic stimulus program – and program administrators struggled to synchronize and implement its regulations and rollout.Even though the WAP allotment was about 0.6% of the total stimulus budget, the program has been so successfully demonized that it ranks high on tallies compiled by YouCut, a Republican program that allows voters to vote online for the government programs they want cut. “I am also glad the American people directly had a say in this process through the YouCut program. Together we can get our fiscal house in order and get our country back on the right track,” Fleischmann said in a press release about the legislation, which was announced on November 16.A LIHEAP of faithThe congressman says the Weatherization Assistance Program is dispensable because other federal programs, such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), “are already in place.” In fact, WAP was created in 1976, five years before the launch of LIHEAP, which provides one-time funding to low-income households to help them cover their utility bills. In many states, WAP and LIHEAP services are administered by the same state agency and offered in tandem. Weatherization improvements, however, provide ongoing energy savings rather than one-time assistance with energy bills.Fleischmann points to a December 2010 review by the Tennessee Comptroller General’s office that noted that “weatherization contractors had, in nearly half of the cases studied, failed to implement critically recommended measures to properly weatherize homes” and had misused WAP funds. The press release also cites a January 2010 report by the DOE’s Inspector General that called the expanded program “poorly administered.” The main concern identified in the Inspector General’s report was the sluggish rollout of services in many states, due to confusion over wage and other implementation requirements.Other WAP snafus have emerged since then, including, in California’s case, computer-training deficiencies among support staffers. But for all its rollout delays, audit headaches, complexity, and management difficulties, the expanded WAP is finally seeing success in most states and, long term, will deliver energy savings benefits to occupants of retrofitted homes. The goal of the expanded program was to weatherize 600,000 homes; some 484,000 (just over 80% of the goal) had been retrofitted by the end of the second quarter of this year, according to DOE estimates.Unlikely bipartisan supportBut as we’ve noted, most elected officials at least try to appear responsive to their constituents, and Fleischmann’s decision to target the already vilified WAP gave him an easy, symbolic, conservative twofer, even if the amount of money the government would save by eliminating the program – $2.1 billion over the next 10 years, by Fleischmann’s estimate, or an average of $210 million annually – is relatively small.There’s no indication that the measure has any chance of becoming law, although if Rick Perry gets elected president and doesn’t forget to eliminate the Department of Energy, as he promised, it won’t matter.last_img read more

The Exterior Rigid Foam is Too Thin!

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Let’s say you’ve owned your house for several years. Your growing interest in energy efficiency brought you to the GBA web site. GBA taught you that it’s a great idea to install rigid foam on the exterior side of your wall sheathing, as long as (a) the rigid foam is thick enough to keep your sheathing above the dew point during the winter, and (b) your walls don’t have any interior polyethylene.You think to yourself, “That’s interesting. I wonder if the walls of my house have any exterior foam.” So you poke around. Maybe you lift some vinyl siding. Maybe you make an inspection hole in a closet wall. And you discover that (a) your walls have R-5 exterior foam, even though you need at least R-11.25 rigid foam for your Zone 6 walls, and (b) your walls include a layer of interior polyethylene.Now what? Three possible approaches If you’re planning to build a new house with exterior rigid foam, you should follow the rules outlined in a GBA article titled Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing. That way, your foam will be thick enough, and you won’t have any interior polyethylene. Then you’re all set.If you’ve inherited or purchased a house with too-thin foam, though, the fix isn’t easy.You can take one of three approaches: Fix everything The “fix everything” approach is so expensive that few homeowners will go this route unless they are already planning a gut rehab job and new siding.To fix the problem of the interior polyethylene, you have to remove the interior drywall. Once the polyethylene is in the dumpster, you can install new drywall.… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Digital Twin: from Automation to Autonomy

first_imgTags:#automation#digital transformation#digital twin#Fourth Industrial Revolution#industry 4.0 AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Guido Jouret is the Chief Digital Officer at ABB. He leads the next level of development and deployment of ABB’s digital solutions for customers globally and across all businesses. Related Posts NASA introduced the term “digital twin” in a 2010 technology roadmap describing the tools of space travel. Almost a decade later, “digital twin” has emerged as a key tool. It enables a terrestrial space shot. We are being shown the global Industry 4.0’s evolution of Digital Twin: from automation to autonomy.We talk about “digital transformation” in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but “digital” has been around since the Third Revolution. Digital includes the form of rule-based computing that reacted like a right-brain limbic system. What’s different now is digitalization that learns, adapts, and develops insights, allowing industries to sense, analyze, act, and optimize. Digital twin technology is an essential element of this evolution.What’s a digital twin? There’s no such thing as a digital twin or the digital twin. There are, potentially, billions, but let’s start with NASA’s original definition, which remains remarkably accurate today:“An ultra-realistic, digital simulation of an object or system that uses the best available physical models. Consider the continuous sensor updates and complete historical data to mirror the life of the real-world twin. The digital twin mitigates damage or degradation by recommending changes in use profiles and boosts success-probability of the mission.”“Digital Twin” sounds simple enough.The simple name, digital twin sounds innocuous until one considers the breadth and number of industries that benefit from various uses of digital twin technology:Aerospace and DefenseAgricultureBuildingsMiningAutomotive and TransportElectronicsMachine/Equipment ManufacturingEnergy and UtilitiesFinancial ServicesHealthcare and Life SciencesGovernmentRetailConsumer GoodsThe list is extensive and pretty much includes all industries. Within those industries, digital twin technology is used for — among other things:Lifecycle documentation3D representationModelingSimulationData modelingModel synchronizationVisualizationMonitoringConnected analyticsControlThe power of digital twin tech becomes clear when one considers the staggering number of ways the technology can be used, in a surprising number of places.There is a power that’s an essential element of Industry 4.0’s necessary evolution from automation to autonomy.What we talk about when we talk about autonomy in digital twinning.Digital twin, vital as it is — is just part of the evolution to autonomy. What’s equally important to that evolution: AI and domain expertise.In the case of autonomous vehicles – cars, trucks, ships, industrial robots, etc. — the real world is a dangerous place to train AI. For example, one may recall the autonomous Uber pedestrian fatality in Tempe, Arizona, in 2018.For safety as well as efficacy, the place to train AI is in a virtual world enabled by digital twins.Nvidia recently announced an open-source, cloud-based virtual testing ground for autonomous vehicles. Open source will allow companies to train AI in thousands of virtual vehicles across millions of scenarios. It won’t require “in real life” (IRL) presence and lead to zero body count.In this futuristic virtual world, domain expertise may sound like 19th-century heavy iron. Is the word “experience” too rusty?In my view domain expertise is the secret sauce of autonomy.Successful industrial companies and their smart hardware/software partners have learned what works in all sorts of environments and conditions. Combining the right digital twin technology, ever-smarter and more confidently accurate AI and deep domain expertise accelerates the evolution to autonomy.Industrial autonomy is not binary, black or white, yes or no. There’s a five-step evolutionary journey:Human-ledHuman-led/machine supportedMachine led/human supportedMachine led/human governedMachine controlledAs an industry or a machine ascends toward Step 5, the number of humans required decreases.People move from being “in the loop” – triggering automated industrial events, even if in a remote-control room – to being “on the loop.” Teleoperators that oversee increasingly autonomous activities remotely are empowered to countermand or correct them.I believe autonomy will soon develop a Moore’s Law-type “Autonomy Quotient” (AQ). It will determine how many human teleoperators are required to assure the safety and efficacy of autonomous machines and processes. For example, it could be one human overseeing 10 autonomous vehicles or one human to 100 autonomous processes. The higher the AQ, the greater the autonomy.The ultimate value of digital twins Earlier I cited NASA’s original definition of digital twin. My preferred definition sounds simpler; “the digital reflection of a physical asset.” That is until one realizes that every industrial object in every factory in the world has its own digital twin. Each of those digital twins has multiple states for planning, design, operation, maintenance and so on of each object. Additionally, as noted above, digital twins are involved in a multitude of tasks across a broad swath of each industry.With an estimated, 7.5 billion potential digital twins are in global industries right now. We find the highest value is making data available from all digital twins to all other digital twins across all processes in an open, interoperable and vendor-independent manner.The point of the digital twin tech is to keep all functions fully digital.This operation is utterly collaborative in the lifecycle of all industrial processes across multiple companies without any loss of data, analytics or time. Digital twins provide different capabilities at different stages. However, the main requirement is to enable handoffs from one stage to another — from one company to another without these time-consuming and expensive losses. Islands of digitalization are insufficient to achieve autonomy. Digital twin tech is the necessary connective tissue.For example, my company, ABB, has shaved almost half the time required to build an electrical utility substation by using digital twin at each stage. This reduction in each process means deploying the operation at the planning, designing, and building (operations and maintenance digital twins come into play later).Pre-digital twin, it took 18 months to build a substation, but only four of those months were required for construction.The other 14 were consumed in back-and-forth communications among the utility, the engineering company and us. Each party would digitize their input, but then the other parties would print it out, edit, re-digitize, send it to everyone else, and so on. Digital twins for planning, designing, and building allowed us to reduce 14 months of planning to seven. We also realized a 60 percent savings and built the substation in 11 months instead of 18. The operational and maintenance jobs are easier once the substation comes online because collaborative digital twins are built right into all substation functions.Digital twins enable collaborative global technology platforms. The ultimate value of digital twins is to create a collaborative global technology platform – not just from one company. This tech will be in all companies – that digitally stores functionality.  Digital twin tech helps with any expression and shares every function of every industrial object throughout its entire lifecycle. Combine that with high-confidence (that is, safe, fair and ethical) AI and deep domain expertise, and you get the digitally transformed, autonomous world of Industry 4.0.Necessary for a new generation of robots that can go where people or other hardware can’t. For example:A “data center sheriff” roams the endless racks of cloud-service server farms finding and replacing malfunctioning servers.A “motor crawler” robot works inside a motor repairing and maintaining in a space too cramped and dangerous for a human.A robot “transformer diver” saves the cost of draining a transformer of oil, finding the area that needs repair and refilling the oil.And a drone-like “plant helicopter” can alight where’s there’s trouble – current or future – to make repairs.All of them will need digital twin representations of their work environments in their cybernetic brains.All of which sounds metallically mechanistic, but it has a lot to do with people. Digital-twin-enabled autonomy is going to make people more valuable — on the loop.When you look back, in 1910, a person in a control room had to keep an eye on a handful of dials. By the 1990s, people were watching and trying to control hundreds. Today, there are thousands of devices “reporting” to an industrial control room, and people are maxed out. People in this tech industry are extensively under pressures that are not alleviated. Early retirement seems the only options for those in frenetic control-room industries such as oil & gas, utilities, transportation and mining.The rising Autonomy Quotient ratings of vehicles, machines, and processes place people on the loop will be completely overloaded with real-time data. Hence, help from digital twin tech.Add to that nightmare — their strategic responsibilities are often compounded from autonomous objects. They are going to need help through every phase of this new industrial activity. As Industry 4.0 evolves from automation to autonomy, much of that help will come from digital twins – enhanced by AI and domain expertise.The digital twin will form an integral part of the workplace, serving and co-existing with people.Humans will remain invaluable (at least for the lifetime of anyone reading these words in 2019). Even so, they are going to need increasingly comprehensive and supportive digital representations of the autonomous industrial world alongside them to do their jobs effectively. The help they will receive will give a new, more humane meaning to the term “digital twin.” China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Guido Jouretlast_img read more

10 Free After Effects Templates: Typography

first_imgThe following FREE After Effects templates feature creative typography and animated typefaces. Build up your motion graphics library!Whether you are a professional motion graphic designer or a novice After Effects user, the following free After Effects templates make it exponentially faster (and easier!) to integrate animated type into your projects.———-Want quality After Effects templates and AE freebies?Visit our sister site,!———-1. Anodine: Free After Effects TypefaceAnodyne is an animated typeface created by the motion graphic experts at Animography. You can download a free version of Anodine from Animography’s website. A paid version is also available which features options for variable line thickness, 8 colors, elasticity and damping.Download Free After Effects Typeface2. Mega Title Pack: Free After Effects TemplatesThe Mega Title Pack is essentially 100 separate free After Effects templates in one big pack. From grungy to modern, this typography pack covers a ton of different styles.Update: File Removed3. Franchise: Free After Effects TypefaceFranchise is one of the most popular free typefaces on the Internet. However, the good people at Animography have created an animated version completely free for you to use on your next motion graphics project. Each letter was created by a different motion graphic designer. The bold and simple design of the typeface makes it a great fit for a wide variety of video projects.Download Free AE Typeface4. Alphaballs: Free After Effects TypefaceAlphaballs is a free After Effects typeface that features an organic bubble-based animated font. The template features a very easy-to-read san-serif font and also includes a free Cinema 4D file.Download Free After Effects Typeface5. Type-O-Matic: Free After Effects TemplateType-O-Matic is a free After Effects template that allows users to create their own custom animated typefaces. The download includes three free templates each with a different design style. Users can control the objects rotation, scale, opacity, mask, and velocity.Download Free After Effects Template6. Typography World: Free After Effects TemplateThis free After Effects template features 15 different typography scenes. Users will be able to pick from various templates like word-trees, animated phrases, and bouncing text.Download Free After Effects Template7. Kinetic Typography: Free After Effects TemplateThis free After Effects template not only features fast paced typography, but also drop zones for pictures. The template doesn’t require any plugins so you can use it natively in After Effects.Download Free After Effects Template8. Green Typography Outro: Free After Effects TemplateThis typography template was designed to be put at the end of your video projects. The template features a customizable call to action along with icons for various social media accounts.Download Free After Effects Template9. Short Kinetic Typography: Free After Effects TemplateThis free After Effects template showcases kinetic type – a style that’s exploded in popularity recently. Users have the ability to change the typography and color scheme.Download Free After Effects Template10. RED Outro: Free After Effects TemplateThe red outro AE template is meant to be used as a close for business and  corporate videos. Users can customize the ending text to include their own brand’s name and information. This free After Effects template can easily be changed to another color if you prefer.Download Free After Effects TemplateWant even more FREE After Effects templates? Check out a few of our previous posts:Free After Effects Templates: Title and Logo Effects – PremiumBeat30 Free Plugins and Filters for After Effects – PremiumBeat10 More FREE After Effects Templates – PremiumBeatlast_img read more

Duncan Fletcher: Who is Duncan Fletcher?

first_imgDuncan Fletcher, who has been named the India coach by the BCCI on Wednesday, is a retired Zimbabwean player who has been more in the news for helming the turnaround in English cricket since 1999.Fletcher was the captain of the Zimbabwean team in the Prudential World Cup 1983 which is known for the team’s upset victory over Australia in which he was player of the match scoring 69 runs and taking four wickets. The four wickets he took in the match were of the top five batsmen in the Australian batting line-up, the lone batsman in the top order who escaped his medium-fast bowling, Kepler Wessels (later South Africa captain), was run out.Fletcher was also the Zimbabwe captain in the Tunbridge Wells match against India in the same tournament where Kapil Dev scored 175 not out off 138 balls, one of ODI cricket’s greatest innings.In his coaching stint with England, he became the first foreigner and first non-Test player to coach England. During Fletcher’s playing years, Zimbabwe didn’t play Tests. Further, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire following England’s Ashes triumph in 2005.Fletcher has big shoes to fill after Gary Kirsten’s departure as India coach, which saw Team India win the 2011 World Cup.last_img read more

No-one but me wants to fix diving problem – Dyche

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche accused Arsenal’s players of diving after his side lost 3-1 at Emirates Stadium, scathingly saying: “Millions of children see it.”Goals in either half from Premier League leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Burnley with little hope of picking up a point towards their fight against relegation, although Ashley Barnes gave them a glimmer of hope when he pulled one back 27 minutes from the end.The Clarets pushed for an equaliser, but a late strike from Alex Iwobi knocked the stuffing out of the visitors, and Dyche claimed the Arsenal substitute scored from an offside position. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We could have got something out of the game. Their final goal was marginally offside,” Dyche told reporters before firing accusations at Unai Emery’s players over diving.”Two dives,” said the Burnley boss. “No-one seems to want to do anything about diving apart from me. Millions of children see it.”We’re not talking about gamesmanship; we’re talking about diving.”Diving’s not for me but gamesmanship is different. What I don’t like is when you’re touched on the arm and your feet go from beneath you. I thought it was incredibly bad at the World Cup.”PIC: Ashley Barnes and Arsenal’s Sokratis battle for the ball— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 22, 2018Emery refused to get dragged into an argument about diving, opting to politely disagree with Dyche’s accusations while calling for respect for the referee’s decisions.”The most important thing is the victory,” said the Arsenal coach.”We have to have respect for the referee and for the opposition.”Arsenal’s win coincided with Mesut Ozil’s return to the side after a spell out, and the German was instrumental in helping mastermind the victory, providing an assist and influencing the play with a superb display of passing to delight the Emirates.”It was a big performance and afterwards I spoke with him [Ozil] and said congratulations for your work,” said Emery. “He showed his quality and their characteristics and we needed him to work to help us today and he did.”last_img read more

WATCH: Sargent nets second Bundesliga goal

first_imgJosh Sargent’s Bundesliga career got off to a flying start in December, and the teenager does not look ready to slow down just yet.After scoring seven goals in 12 appearances for the Werder Bremen Under-23 side, Sargent got his first-team career off on the right foot when he scored in his senior debut with a tap-in against Fortuna Dusseldorf three weeks ago.Now in just his third appearance in the German top-flight, the 18-year-old striker has scored his second goal for Werder Bremen in a 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After not getting off the bench midweek in a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim, Sargent made the most of his opportunity in his club’s final game before the Bundesliga winter break.The United States international entered the match in the 66th minute with Werder down 2-0 to Leipzig, with the opportunity for his longest runout as a professional.The teenager wasn’t involved in his club’s opener, as Max Kruse managed to bring his side back into the match just a minute after Sargent’s entrance.However, Sargent got in on the action for Werder’s second goal.Sargent initially held the ball up near the midfield line and laid it off. The ensuing pass was delivered into the path of fellow substitute Yuya Osako, who got in behind the defense.Osako then pulled a pass back into the path of the onrushing Sargent, who hit a left-footed finish off the post and into the net to level things at 2-2 in 77th minute.THE AMERICAN HAS TIED IT! 🇺🇸💪Josh Sargent’s 2nd Bundesliga goal in 3 games brings Bremen level at Leipzig! 🔥— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 22, 2018Unfortunately for Sargent and Werder, Bruma would re-establish the lead for the hosts off a cross from Marcel Halstenberg. That finish would be the winner, as RB Leipzig came away 3-2 victors.After his goal against Dusseldorf, Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt attempted to play down expectations for the teenager, telling reporters: “We all must be careful what we expect from him. If he makes five, six Bundesliga appearances until the summer, it is a good a year for him.”With two goals in three appearances and a half season to go, it looks as if Sargent has a good chance of reaching that mark as he continues to make a case for continued involvement in the Werder first team.last_img read more

Juventus vs Roma team news: No rest for Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus retain a firm grip on first place in Serie A , with Roma the next side to challenge the apparently untouchable Turin giants as they visit the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.Juve boast 15 wins and one draw from their opening 16 matches of the campaign, which is the best record of any club in Europe’s top five leagues. They were pushed a week ago by Torino, but a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave them a 1-0 win over their neighbours. Roma, meanwhile, are in the race for a Champions League spot but are not hitting the heights expected of them and will have to raise their level substantially to challenge Italy’s top dogs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Juventus vs Roma Date Saturday, December 22 Time 7:30pm BST / 2:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on Rai Italia America and live-streamed through ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream Rai Italia America ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Cancelo, Rugani, Sandro, Barzagli Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Cuadrado, Mandzukic Juventus have seen Sami Khedira return to regular training this week, but it is too early for the midfielder to see action.Joao Cancelo and Juan Cuadrado remain the key injury problems for the Turin giants.Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala; Mandzukic, Ronaldo. Position Roma players Goalkeepers Olsen, Mirant Defenders Karsdorp, Pellegrini, Juan Jesus, Kolarov, Marcano, Santon, Fazio, Manolas Midfielders Cristante, Pellegrini, De Rossi, Coric, Zaniolo, Florenzi, Pastore, N’Zonzi Forwards Perotti, Dzeko, Schick, Cengiz Under, Kluivert, Celar, El Shaarawy Daniele De Rossi has been out since October with knee trouble and is missing once again. Edin Dzeko is fit enough to play some part, but only from the bench.Roma starting XI: Olsen; Santon, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Cristante, Nzonzi; Under, Zaniolo, Florenzi; Schick.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are 4/9 favourites with bet365 , while Roma can be backed at 9/1. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 10/3.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview AS Roma Barcelona Champions League 2017-18It has been another thoroughly satisfactory week for Juventus, who lead Serie A by eight points over second-placed Napoli with a virtually unblemished record approaching their final match before Christmas.Star summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo proved the difference from the penalty spot as Torino were seen off 1-0 last weekend in a competitive local derby, while away from the field they have been heartened by Alex Sandro penning a new deal and Daniele Rugani closing in on one. Certainly, the Portuguese’s presence seems to have boosted spirits in the camp, with Moise Kean explaining to RMC : “I had only seen him on the PlayStation before! Playing with him has improved me a lot, I learn a lot from him as well as from the other champions with the Bianconeri.”Perhaps the only concern for Juve came in Monday’s Champions League draw, in which they were paired with Atletico Madrid, despite beating Manchester United to finish top of their pool.“We didn’t have much luck,” vice-chairman Pavel Nedved lamented.But Juve can worry about Atleti in February, particularly as they have a challenging Serie A match forthcoming against Roma.With only six wins from 16 league matches this season, Eusebio Di Francesco finds himself a man under pressure.They have conceded two goals in each of their last five outings in all competitions and had to twice come from behind to beat Genoa 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend.“We have so much pressure on us that the wait for the next match has been really hard,” captain De Rossi explained. “We have a lot of pressure on our shoulders. We’re in a delicate period because we know we have to do better than we have been doing.“We are all under observation, including the coach, and we know it. We want to have a great match, more for ourselves than for the importance of the game. Against the strongest of them all.”A massive 22 points behind Juve, it is abundantly clear how daunting their task is.last_img read more