Juventus vs Roma
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadium (Turin).
Juventus host Roma in the derby of the Matchday on Saturday evening at Allianz Stadium. Teams will head into it in completely opposite moods as defending champions are enjoying a much more comfortable campaign this term.
Bianconeri do not actually have a true opposition in their domestic league. They eased to a record of 15 wins and 1 draw in 16 league affairs this season. It is enough for an eight-point cushion at the top of the table coming into this 17th round fixture with the Romans.
The story is completely opposite with Giallorossi who are outside of top six in the league table at the moment. Eusebio Di Francesco has had plenty of issues with sidelined players throughout the entire season. Talismanic striker Edin Dzeko skipped last five matches through muscular injury. Nonetheless, he is reported to be fit to make the return here against Juventus and it will be interesting to see if Di Francesco will use him from the first minute at Allianz Stadium.
Juventus vs Roma: Head-to-head
Juve have a positive head to head record against Roma (25W, 16D and 13L).
Nonetheless, Bianconeri won just one of past four H2H games with Giallorossi in 90 minutes.
Juve took four points from two games against the Romans in the previous term of Serie A (1-0 and 0-0).
Juventus vs Roma: Prediction
Apart from Dzeko’s concern, Roma have plenty of problems with their defensive line. The team conceded two or more goals in all of past five matches in all competitions. The streak includes a 3-2 victory over Genoa from last Sunday.
It will be the music to the ears of Cristiano Ronaldo who needs four goals in remaining three games of the year to set the new record with eight consecutive years with 50 or more goals scored. We all know how much the Portuguese superstar is into breaking records and we believe he will be highly-motivated to shine against Roma here.
Given visitors’ defensive woes, Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime is a must-take bet at the odds of 1.61. We can’t see how struggling Roma could get away without a defeat here which is why we’ll go for the home win as a genuine banker at 1.40 odds.
Juventus vs Roma: Bet Tips
Juventus to win @ 1.40 (2/5)
Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime @ 1.61 (8/13).