Juventus vs AS Roma / Serie A – A big derby in this round of Serie A, because it is played between the second Juventus and the fourth Roma, which has three points less, but they also have one match less so it can be said that they are even in points. They are also even in the fact that both teams have passed in the round of sixteen of the Champions League, while only Juventus is in the Cup quarterfinals, while Roma was eliminated after a defeat at home. In the championship, Roma has a longer series of matches without defeat, and last season both teams have celebrated victories in their mutual matches. Begins: 23.12.2017. – 20:45 CET
Juventus is not the first on the table and when it is so, then they are not automatically satisfied in this club. They are even used to having some advantage in points in the previous seasons, while they are now only one of the candidates for the title and they are about to enter a big fight. It is also interesting that they only spent two rounds as the leaders at the beginning of the season, and then they were either second or third. They lost twice, once at home when they defeated Lazio and played against Sampdoria away.
They also have two draws and they have played the second one two rounds ago in the derby with Inter on their field. The match ended with 0-0 and for the first time this season Juventus did not score a single goal. In the previous four games they did not receive any goals as well as in the Cup, where they with a victory 2-0 against the team from Genoa secured the quarterfinals. The big handicap is the injury of goalkeeper Buffon, and they also cannot cuont on Howed and De Sciglio.
Probable lineups Juventus: Szczesny – Barzagli, Benatia, Chiellini, A.Sandro – Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi, Cuadrado – Dybala, Higuain
Roma is in a bad mood before this derby, because they were eliminated from the Italian Cup on Wednesday after a home defeat from Torino. They had underestimated their rivals a little bit and played in altered composition, but it was also understandable because the duel with Juventus was more important. What is comforting is that they will play the round of sixteen of the Champions League and the fact that have a series of nine matches without defeat in the championship they. In mid-October, Napoli was the last to overcome, and only two draws are in the aforementioned series.
In the previous round, they have played a draw with Chievo and it was marked as a blunder, because they hoped to win, and they especially struggled with Cagliari in the previous round when they only celebrated with 1-0 and that was thanks to a goal by center-back Fazio deep in the injury time. Before that, Perotti has missed a penalty, similar to Dzeko in the Cup against Torino. On the list of injured players are Karsdorp and Defrel, and in relation to the match against Cagliari, we expect Strootman and El Shaarawyto jump in.
Probable lineups AS Roma: Alisson – Florenzi, Fazio, Manolas, Kolarov – Strootman, de Rossi, Nainggolan, Perotti – Džeko, El Shaarawy
Juventus vs AS Roma PICK
Juventus and Roma are playing very similar this season, but lately the Romans have been in a slight downturn, and that could cost them dearly in Turin because Juventus has no more room for failures at home and we expect them to dominate in this team and celebrate at the end.
Pick: Juventus wins
Odds: 1.80 at William Hill (down to 1.70 can be played)