There are only two rounds of matches reaming in Serie A this season and the biggest game this weekend sees Roma host Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico. Juventus must lose their remaining 2 games 5-0 if they are to lose the Serie A title to Napoli and that’s very unlikely. However, they will want to seal the deal in style with a good win over Roma.
The hosts have a target of their own and will want to win this match to secure their place in the top four. With Inter Milan playing on Saturday, Roma will know what they need to do if they want to secure Champions League football next season.
Roma come into this match having defeated Cagliari 1-0 away from home last weekend and that result leaves them in control of third place. A win in their final two games will see Roma secure third and they are in good form, having won their last 4 Serie A matches.
There have been wins over Genoa, SPAL, Chievo Verona and Cagliari. Roma have lost just one of their last 10 league games and 2 of their last 14, meaning they are difficult to beat. At home, Roma have won by 3 or more goals in 3 of their last 6 home Serie A games but results have been inconsistent.
Roma have won 4 and lost 4 of their last 8 home Serie A matches and while they have scored plenty of goals there has been just a single clean sheet in their 9 at the Stadio Olimpico.
Juventus will be buzzing ahead of this game as they secured the Coppa Italia in mid-week with a fine 4-0 victory over AC Milan in the Stadio Olimpico. With one trophy in the bag, Max Allegri will be keen to avoid any doubt and win Serie A in style by defeating Roma on their own turf.
Juventus have won 17 of their last 20 matches in Serie A and have lost just one of those games. What looked like being a tricky season for the Old Lady has turned into another dominant campaign and Juventus are unbeaten in their last 12 away league games.
However, Juventus have not had things all their own way recently and they have been held to draws at SPAL and Crotone. These results will give Roma some belief they can get something from the game.
Roma will be without the injured trio of Rick Karsdorp, Gregoire Defrel and Bruno Peres for this game plus central defender Kostas Manolas is rated as doubtful. Juan Jesus is expected to step in for the Greek centre-back.
Juventus have Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado suspended so Stephan Lichtsteiner should come into the team at right-back. Gonzalo Higuain will hope to return to the starting XI having started on the bench in the Coppa Italia final.
Top Betting Tips
Juventus have struggled in some of their recent away matches and may be feeling it a bit following the Coppa Italia final. With that in mind and Roma’s need for points in pursuit of a top four place, we should see a close game and the draw is 2/1 at William Hill.
Roma have been scoring goals at home but failing to keep clean sheets and this should lead to an exciting game of football. The draw and both teams to score is 17/5 with Ladbrokes.
Brazilian winger Douglas Costa has been in good form for Juventus recently and turned the game when he was introduced against Bologna. Costa scored in the Coppa Italia final and against Inter Milan and can be backed at 16/5 with William Hill to score at any time.