Juventus face Roma in the standout Serie A fixture of Matchday 17. The champions are in relentless form and comfortably on track to smash the 100 point barrier before the season concludes. The outlook is not as positive for the visitors, who are in a real battle to even enter the top four equation.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 22 December, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Juventus vs. Roma: Eleven Sports 1
Last time: The sides played out a scrappy goalless draw towards the end of the previous campaign as Roma held on after Radja Nainggolan received his marching orders for two bookings.
|Blaise Matuidi to score first||14/1||Offer|
|Nicolo Zaniolo to score anytime||7/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||6/1||Offer|
Juventus vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
Even by the Bianconeri’s incredibly high standards, a return of 15 wins and one solitary draw is unparalleled in the current Italian game. With serial winning boss Carlo Ancelotti making his return to Serie A with Napoli and Inter shrewdly improving their squad over the summer, Juventus were expected to be run close this year but a cushion of eight points is only likely to be extended over the next five months.
The Bianconeri secured the bragging rights in last weekend’s Derby della Mole courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and the Portuguese superstar is the standout name to open the scoring against Roma. Ronaldo is 9/4 to give Juventus the lead and continue his red hot rivalry with Genoa’s Krzysztof Piątek who leads the way in the standings with 12 efforts to his name. The home side are 2/5 for all three points and 7/2 to draw.
Visitors Roma had to come from behind twice against Genoa in their last fixture but eventually picked up a morale boosting win. The triumph eased the pressure on Eusebio Di Francesco but much more is expected of the Italian tactician who has failed to hit the heights of last season. For the meantime, the Italian continues to receive the backing of the Roma board and his cause will be boosted by the return to the first team fold of Edin Dzeko.
While Cengiz Under has stepped up in the absence of the big Bosnian, the Lupi have dearly missed having a real focal point up top. Consequently, Dzeko is 3/1 to strike first while colleague Under is 15/4.
One to watch for Juventus: Douglas Costa is 10/1 to bag last and would be veteran Aleksandar Kolarov’s nightmare opponent late on.
One to watch for Roma: Justin Kluivert has deputised for Stephan El Shaarawy over the last fortnight and has been one of Monchi’s better signings. The young Dutchman is 9/2 in the anytime betting.
Long shot: A thrashing could spell the end of Di Francesco’s time in the capital, but, equally, a triumph would galvanise both players and coach ahead of a challenging second-half of the year. A 2-1 Lupi win is 22/1.