Andrea Pirlo faces the first major test of his fledgling managerial career, as the Juventus coach takes his team to the capital city to play Roma on Sunday night. The Giallorossi were underwhelming in their season opener last weekend, but should prove stiff opposition for the Old Lady here.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 27 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Roma vs. Juventus: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming, LiveScore app
Last time: Roma beat Juventus 3-1 in Turin on the final day of last season at the start of August. Juve actually took the lead through Gonzalo Higuain, but a Nikola Kalinic equaliser paved the way for a Diego Perotti brace to wrap up the points for the visitors.
Roma v Juventus Predictions and Preview
This fixture gives both Roma and Juventus the opportunity to lay down an early marker. The hosts are looking to close the gap to their visitors this weekend after finishing 13 points behind the champions in fifth, while Juve are targeting their tenth successive scudetto.
It’s the dawn of another new era at Juventus, just a season after the previous one got underway. Delivering yet another Serie A title for the Turin giants wasn’t enough for Maurizio Sarri to get a second campaign in the hot seat, after the Old Lady’s disappointing Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon last month.
The Juve board have bigger prizes on their wish list, although delivering Europe’s grandest honour in his first season as a coach is a daunting proposition for Pirlo. The former midfielder made an excellent start to life in the dugout though, as the Bianconeri swatted Sampdoria aside in a 3-0 victory at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
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Juventus to win 2-1
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This is a much tougher assignment for the champions, however, with three wins apiece and a draw in the last seven meetings between Roma and Juventus. The Old Lady did win 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico last season though, thanks to two early goals, and the away team will look for another fast start again here.
Roma made the opposite of a fast start to their season last weekend, with their goalless draw against Hellas Verona subsequently classed as a 3-0 defeat following a clerical error regarding Amadou Diawara. La Lupa will have to dig in here and improve on last week’s showing, while also hoping that those in charge of organising their squad can get the ages of their players correct.
Roma won’t be able to count on the injured trio Diego Perotti, Javier Pastore and Nicolo Zaniolo in that squad, while Juventus are set to be without Federico Bernardeschi, Alex Sandro and Matthijs de Ligt. Paulo Dybala is available though, with the visitors the 21/20 favourites in your Roma vs Juventus predictions. Hosts Roma, meanwhile, are available at 11/4, while a draw in this game is priced at 5/2 with William Hill.
One to watch for Roma: Edin Dzeko is expected to start this game after he was an unused substitute in Roma’s opener, and the Bosnian striker is one of the favourites to break the deadlock at 5/1.
One to watch for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo invariably starts as the favourite to net the opener whether playing at home or away, and the Portuguese forward is 11/4 to do so here after opening his account for the season with Juve’s third last weekend.
Long shot: Juventus won last season’s corresponding fixture 2-1, and you can back the Old Lady to repeat that result this weekend at 8/1. If you add Ronaldo as the first scorer, those odds rise to 31/1, while it’s 127/1 if you predict the Portuguese also gets Juve’s other goal.