Juventus vs AS Roma Live | Italian Serie A on Saturday, 22 December 2018 | Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET | Venue: Allianz Stadium (Turin)
Juventus will welcome the gypsies in Saturday’s derby at the Allianz Stadium. The teams will launch in a completely opposite environment, the defending champions will enjoy a much more comfortable campaign this season.
The Bianconeri really do not have a real opponent in their national league. They broke the record of 15 wins and a draw in 16 league games this season. Just a cushion of eight points at the top of the table for this 17th meeting with the Romans.
The story is completely opposite to Giallorossi, who is not in the top six in the standings. Eusebio Di Francesco has had many problems with small players throughout the season. The talismanic forward Edin Dzeko lost five games due to a muscle injury. However, I could return here against Juventus and it will be interesting to see if Di Francesco will use it from the first minute at the Allianz Stadium.
Juventus vs AS Roma: Face to face
- Juve has a positive record against Roma (25W, 16D and 13L).
- However, Bianconeri has only won one of the last four H2H games with Giallorossi in 90 minutes.
- Juve took four points in two games against the Romans in the earlier period of Serie A (1-0 and 0-0).
Juventus vs AS Roma: Prediction
In addition to Dzeko’s concerns, the AS Roma have many problems with their defensive line. The team has conceded two or more goals in the last five games in all competitions. The series includes a 3-2 victory over Genoa last Sunday.
It will be music to the ears of Cristiano Ronaldo, who needs four goals in the remaining three games of the year to set the new record with eight consecutive years with at least 50 goals scored. We all know how much the Portuguese superstar is breaking records and we believe he will be very motivated to shine against the gypsies here.
Given the difficulties of the visiting defense, Cristiano Ronaldo must score at any time, with a score of 1.61. We do not see how troubled Roma could escape without a defeat here, so we aim for victory at home as a true banker with a score of 1.40.
Juventus vs AS Roma: Betting tips
- The Juventus to win @ 1.40 (2/5)
- Cristiano Ronaldo scores at any time @ 1.61 (8/13)