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Sunday night’s Italian football comes from the capital as second meets first in the penultimate game of the season.
Unfortunately for the neutral, Juventus have already tied up the Scudetto. However, it should still be a fascinating battle between these two great clubs.
A perfect start to the weekend’s action
Champions Closing In On Century
Juventus may have sealed their Scudetto victory already, but the Turin giants still have plenty to play for in this one.
As well as wanting to assert their dominance over their nearest rival, Antonio Conte’s men are additionally still in the hunt to reach the 100-point milestone. With two games remaining, the Old Lady are just four shy of that total and even a draw in the capital would keep them on course to hit that target.
And there’s plenty of reason for them to be optimistic. Juventus enter this clash on the back of straight five wins, whilst their failure to reach the Europa League final means they can put their full concentration on this match.
Unsurprisingly, Juventus boast Serie A’s best away record. Additionally, in Carlos Teves, the champions also have the league’s second highest scorer – the Argentinian has hit an impressive 21 goals this season.
On paper, this is the most difficult game of their season. However, Juventus will still be confident of getting the job done in Rome.
Roma To End Home Season In Style?
Despite losing to lowly Catania in their last outing, Roma also enter this game in great overall form.
Giallorossi have been much better since the summer appointment of manager Rudi Garcia and have already sealed second-place, which is a vast improvement on last season’s sixth-placed finish. Prior to that shock defeat by Catania, Roma had won nine on the spin and certainly won’t fear the challenge of Juventus – particularly after beating the Turin club here in the Coppa Italia earlier in the season.
In fact, despite losing each of their last four trips to Turin, their recent home record over Juventus is pretty strong. Roma have won the past two meetings via a 1-0 scoreline, whilst also claiming a credible draw in the clash before that.
Only Juve’s 100% home record can better Roma’s form at the Stadio Olimpico. Garcia’s men are unbeaten in 18 games so far and could extend that to a full undefeated home campaign here.
It should be intriguing to say the least.
Roma V Juventus Betting
Bookmaker Bet365 predict a close contest and have priced it accordingly. Roma are 29/20, whilst Juventus can be backed at 7/4. Meanwhile, the draw is available at 12/5.
Serie is a notoriously low-scoring domestic league and a clash between tow top sides always has the potential to be cagey. Six of Juve’s last seven on Italian soil have ended with under 2.5 goals and that run could be extended against Roma.
There hasn’t been more than three goals in a game between these two in the capital since 2009, there’s a good chance that will continue here.
Having won the title in 2013, Juventus would have been confident of retaining their crown anyway. However, the summer acquisition of Carlos Tevez has definitely given Conte’s men an extra edge.
The Argentinian has not only hit 21 league goals, but has additionally opened the scoring on 10 occasions this term and is the likeliest source of a goal at the Stadio Olimpico.