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Roma vs. Juventus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
08 January 2020
Sunday 12 January
Stadio Olimpico – Serie A
Roma v. Juventus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
Juventus look to build on an impressive start to 2020 as they travel to fourth-placed Roma on Sunday in Serie A. The home side are aiming to get into the Champions League for next season.
Roma beat Juventus for the for time in five meetings when the sides faced off last season at the Olimpico. Goals from Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi with no reply sealed the fate of the Bianconeri.
Roma remain signficantly hampered by injuries, as Justin Kluivert, Bryan Cristante and Javier Pastore are all sidelined in midfield, whilst Davide Santon, Davide Zappacosta and Federico Fazio all miss out in defence. Henrikh Mikhitaryan will hope to start on the flank with Diego Perotti and Cengiz Under failing to impress.
Maurizio Sarri will be tempted to start Adrian Rabiot again in midfield, as the midfielder is growing into his new role. Giorgio Chiellini and Sami Khedira remain sidelined through injury whilst Rodrigo Bentancur serves the second of his three match suspension.
Roma vs. Juventus Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Roma are one of few clubs to have a decent head-to-head against Juventus over the past few years, picking up points in each of the last three seasons. However, with the Bianconeri looking on top form, and the Giallorossi losing their last game against Juve’s Piedmont neighbours, Torino, Paulo Fonseca will have a job on his hands on Sunday. His side are 3.05 for the win, with the draw at 3.65.
Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus have started 2020 as they ended 2019: trading blows with Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A table. Having dominated the league again last season, they found themselves in second place at Christmas, for the first time since Napoli pushed them close in 2018. The Old Lady has started slowly in many of their recent seasons, all of which have ended in a Scudetto, before picking up form in February.
A large reason for this is the strength in depth of the Juventus squad, who are able to boast the likes of Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado and Gonzalo Higuain on the bench. Whilst this helps the side avoid fatigue in the later stages, it does little to boost early form against the bigger sides earlier in the season.
Roma will be hoping that Juventus’ recent 4-0 win of overperforming Cagliari was a mere blip, rather than a sign of things to come in 2020. Previous to their defeat on Sunday, the Giallorossi were undefeated in seven games, and will have felt confident over the winter break. If they are able to carry this confidence into Sunday’s game, they have a genuine chance of matching a Juventus side that has looked off-colour at times this season.
At their best however, the eight-times consecutive Scudetto winners have looked unplayable, with this weekend’s result largely depending on which Juvetus side shows up. It’s 2.20 that Juve turn up with enough in the tank to win.
Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime at 1.05
The mercurial forward seems to get better with age, scoring a hat-trick in his last game, and will be causing constant problems down a vulnerabel right-flank.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 1.16
This is a typically low-scoring fixture with this bet paying out in all of the last five games.