Juventus will pick up their ninth straight scudetto following the final whistle of their game against Roma on Saturday evening. The visitors meanwhile are set to finish fifth and claim a spot in next season’s Europa League.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 2 August, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Roma: Premier Sports
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring as Juve beat Roma 3-1 in the Coppa Italia at the Allianz Stadium in January, with the Old Lady three goals up at half-time before Gianluigi Buffon’s own goal in the second period.
Juventus v Roma Predictions and Preview
Juventus have an outstanding record against Roma on home soil, winning each of the last 10 meetings between the sides in Turin across all competitions. The Bianconeri have scored 24 goals during that run and kept seven clean sheets, winning each of the last four Serie A clashes at the Allianz Stadium 1-0.
It’s a tough game for the away team, but their spot in next season’s Europa League is assured. The Giallorossi have recovered from their run of three straight defeats a month ago, going into Wednesday’s trip to Juve’s neighbours Torino on a six-game unbeaten streak.
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Paulo Fonseca’s side scored 17 goals during that sequence, which was enough to shore up their place in Europe for next term. Their hosts on the final day of this season also put a poor run of form behind them to wrap up the title, with Juventus finally securing a record ninth successive scudetto with Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Udinese.
The Old Lady had only won one of their previous five matches, bringing a slight element of doubt into their title procession. The incredible efforts of Ronaldo have been instrumental in ensuring those doubts were swatted away, and the Bianconeri will collect their prize after this match, albeit in an empty Allianz Stadium.
Whether that’s enough to stimulate them to put in a great performance remains to be seen. The Bianconeri have stumbled over the line in the strange surrounds of the post-break landscape, and this could be the game where Roma finally break the spell their rivals have held over them on this ground for more than nine years.
The visitors are the 23/20 favourites to pick up the win on Saturday, with Juve the 85/20 underdogs to round off their domestic campaign with a victory to take into the resumption of the Champions League next week.
The hosts will have to get that result without a clutch of injured players which includes Paulo Dybala, Matthijs de Ligt, Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira. Roma also have a number of injuries to contend with, including Davide Santon, Patrik Schick, Antonio Mirante, Cengiz Under, Juan Jesus, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Ibanez.
One to watch for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo reeled in Ciro Immobile in the race to finish as this season’s Serie A top scorer before the Italian pulled away once again. Ronaldo will give it his all to score as many as he can here and is the 15/4 favourite to break the deadlock if he plays.
One to watch for Roma: Ronaldo has scored more than double Roma’s top scorer Edin Dzeko, but the Bosnian has enjoyed a strong campaign for La Lupa. He was on target when Roma beat Juve 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in May of last year and will be a threat again here at 4/1 for the first goal.
Long shot: Roma’s last victory away to Juventus in Serie A was more than a decade ago. Alessandro Del Piero broke the deadlock before Francesco Totti levelled the scores in Roma’s 2-1 win that day in January 2010, and the same scoreline could be on the cards again this weekend at 17/2.