The pick of this weekend’s European action sees Italy’s top two collide at the Juventus stadium as Roma look to close the gap to just a single point.
As far as Italian football is concerned, it doesn’t come much bigger. With Saturday’s showdown starting at 7:45PM UK time, you wouldn’t wanna miss it for the world.
Can Bianconeri Make It 25?
It has been a fantastic start for Massimiliano Allegri’s men, who are looking to clinch a record-breaking sixth straight domestic crown this term, and those successes have largely been built on their incredible home form. Including last season, it’s now 24 straight league wins at the Juventus stadium. Beating Roma would be the perfect way to bring up the magical 25.
More importantly, a home win would extend Juve’s lead to seven points after 17 games, which would almost certainly put them on course to retain the title. With the firepower of Gonzalo Higuain to spear them forward, there’s no reason to doubt their credentials here.
Juventus aren’t only great going forward, although they have scored 23 in just eight home games this term, and will be confident about keeping the visitors at bay too. If Giorgio Chiellini and co. can stop Edin Dzeko, the hosts should have a great chance of winning.
A draw wouldn’t be the worst result in the world, but a win could be huge for their title aspirations. Expect a big performance from the hosts.
Roma Considered Firm Underdogs
Luciano Spalletti’s men will be under no illusions regarding the challenge they face, but a run of three straight wins has kept them hot on the heels of the champions. If they can cause an upset in Turin, hopes of a title win could be back on the cards.
Monday’s 1-0 victory over AC Milan serves as the perfect confidence booster ahead of the crucial battle. In addition to the division’s top scorer in Dzeko, the visitors can additionally look to Stephan El Shaarawy, Radja Nainggolan, and Daniele De Rossi for inspiration as they look to cause an upset.
It would be a major upset too as the visitors haven’t won this fixture since a 2011 Coppa Italia clash. However, they are one of the few Italian teams to boast a few home wins against the champions in recent times, and will think this is as good a time as any to bring that form to Turin.
The pressure is on as losing would virtually end their title hopes even at this early stage. Register a win, however, and their hopes of ending their 16-year wait for the title will look brighter than ever.
Juventus v AS Roma Betting
Unsurprisingly, the champions are favourites for this one. However, at odds of 3/4 with Unibet the bookies don’t think it will be as easy as usual. At 15/4, Roma will certainly fancy their hopes while the draw (5/2) would keep them in the race too.
Roma are a great team but Juventus have dominated Italian football for half-a-decade, and their quality should show again here.
This is the type of game that Higuain was purchased for, and the Argentinian could go a long way to paying back the club by netting a crucial goal in this battle. We’re backing him to do just that.
After all, Juventus don’t stop scoring at home. Moreover, Roma have shipped 10 in eight away games, which highlights their frailties on the road. That’s something Allegri’s men will aim to take advantage of.
Back them to score both sides of the break.