Roma battle Juventus in Serie A action needing all three points to keep their top four hopes alive. The Giallorossi have vastly improved under the tutelage of caretaker Claudio Ranieri, and will hope the champions go through the motions after comfortably sealing an eighth consecutive league championship.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Rome – 12 May, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Roma vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Mario Mandzukic got the only goal of the game when the sides met in December.
|Under 1.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Roma to win and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-1||18/2||Offer|
Roma vs. Juventus Predictions and Preview
With just three games remaining, Roma have no margin for error in their quest for a Champions League berth. In truth, the Lupi must win their final matches and hope Atalanta slip up with La Dea three clear in fourth.
If the task of overtaking Gian Piero Gasperini’s entertainers wasn’t already tough, the Coppa Italia finalists also boost a far superior goal difference and have outscored every club in the division, even a Bianconeri squad containing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite an underwhelming campaign both domestically and on the continent, Ranieri does have a talented squad at his disposal, particularly in the front six positions. The Premier League title winning manager is likely to field Edin Dzeko as the lone frontman in what is expected to be the Bosnian’s penultimate game on home soil.
Dzeko is a reported target for teams in England and Inter, who are looking for a replacement for Mauro Icardi. The Roma number 9 is 10/3 to open proceedings while the capital club are 7/5 to seal victory.
Visitors Juventus have drawn their last two fixtures. The Bianconeri escaped with a point in the Derby della Mole thanks to talisman Ronaldo. Max Allegri’s squad were trailing Torino until the Portuguese struck with just five minutes remaining. Ronaldo is 13/5 to strike first and 3/1 to net two or more.
Meanwhile, young strike colleague Moise Kean is 11/5 in the anytime scorer market and could get another start with Mandzukic unavailable and Paulo Dybala out of favour. The travelling party are 15/8 to emerge triumphant and the draw is 12/5.
One to watch for Roma: On a personal level, Stephan El Shaarawy has enjoyed a fine season and his haul of 11 is only bettered by Dzeko. The wideman is 13/5 to score anytime.
One to watch for Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi will get the nod on the left flank and it promises to be a fascinating battle between the ex-Fiorentina ace and compatriot Alessandro Florenzi. Bernardeschi is 14/4 to bag anytime during the contest.
Long shot: Roma are in last chance saloon territory and will be forced to take the game to Juventus. Promisingly, the Giallorossi will be buoyed by their rivals’ recent inability to keep clean sheets with the Bianconeri conceding at least one goal from their last seven duels. An early effort would be just the tonic for Ranieri’s men and a 3-1 success can be found at 20/1.