AS Roma v Juventus
Serie A - Sunday, May 13th, 7.45 pm BST
After their 1 – 0 win in Turin, it seemed we would be talking of Napoli’s fantastic scudetto triumph. A fortnight later, perennial champions Juventus are poised to be crowned the best in Italy once again.
Napoli, with just two defeats in 36 Serie A matches at the, picked the wrong time to drop five points out of six. Juve returned to form quickly, beating Inter and Bologna before lifting the Coppa Italia with a 4 – 0 rout of Milan.
They sit six points clear of Napoli, needing just one more to take their seventh consecutive title and fourth straight double.
Roma are sure to provide a stern test for the champions-elect. Third in the table, winning the last four on the bounce and one defeat in eight (W6, D1). All the four wins saw the Giallorossi winning at half-time and full-time.
Last weekend’s win at Cagliari fifth in a row in all competitions, with the previous four all featuring over 2.5 goals, three of which saw over 4.5 goals.
The Giallosrossi suffered one defeat in ten (W7, D2) but have lost two of the last five at home (W3). Against the top six, their home record is dreadful (W1, L3). Almost contradictorily, recent form in this fixture favours Roma; four wins and two draws in the last seven in the Eternal City.
Edin Dzeko is in a consistent scoring form, with four goals and an assist in the last four games, taking his total 25 goals for the season, 16 of which are in Serie A. Roma’s strength is their scoring depth, with 60 goals in the top flight all season and 16 goalscorers in the squad. That variety may serve them well against a Juve defence which has conceded 23 goals all season.
Kostas Manolas suffered a muscle injury and will be replaced by Juan Jesus, joining Karsdorp, Defrel, and Peres on the sidelines.
With the Coppa Italia secured, a fourth double is on the cards and sealing at the home of one of your rivals will bring immense pleasure to the Bianconeri, particularly when it seemed so unlikely a fortnight ago.
Since losing to Napoli, Max Allegri has seen his team score 10 in three games including a total of seven against both Milan clubs.
Juve are 12 unbeaten away from home (W10, D2) and beat Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico two months ago. After a run of six clean sheets (W5, D1) ended with a run of three games conceding a total of five goals, to offer Roma hope that the Bianconeri backline isn’t impregnable. As a warning, Juve scored eight in reply.
De Sciglio and Sturaro are missing through injury while Colombian wing-back Juan Cuadrado misses the trip due to suspension.
Inter’s defeat to Sassuolo means Roma are guaranteed a Champions League place next season. The pressure on Roma eased with that and while they are motivated to beat Juventus, some of the edge might be lost.
Juve need a point for the title and winning it may be the last triumph at the club for Max Allegri. His side will be well-prepared and capable of claiming the draw they need.
Correct Score Betting Tip, AS Roma 1 - 1 Juventus @ odds of 6.35
1x2 Betting Tip, Draw @ odds of 2.95
Over / Under Goals Betting Tip, Under 2.5 Goals @ odds of 1.71
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