AS Roma vs. Juventus / Serie A – Although a lot more was expected from the derby of the penultimate round of the Italian Serie A, leading Juventus would win the new Scudetto even if it draw the match, while on the other hand the 3rd-placed Roma would definitely qualify for the Champions League if it wins. At the moment Juventus has six points more than the 2nd-placed Napoli, while Roma has four points more than the 5th-positioned Inter. Lets’s add that their match played last autumn had ended as Juventus victory 1-0. Begins: 13.05.2018 – 20:45 CET
We also should bear in mind that Roma also won last two home matches with Juventus, meaning its fans definitely expect all three points from the match with their great rival from Turin. On top of it, victory would mean a new season in the Champions League for Roma, the competition in which it was one of most pleasant surprises this season as it went all the way till the semi-finals when it lost to English Liverpool.
True, Roma put up a very decent resistance and in the end it was eliminated by aggregated 7-6 for the Reds, while before that it managed to eliminate great Barcelona after a stunning recovery. Still, those brilliant results in the Champions League had left a scar on Roma’s performances in the national league and it had to content with the race for remaining two places that lead to the Champions League, which also includes Lazio and Inter. Let’s add that on the list of injured are currently defenders Manolas, Peres and Karsdorp, and forward Defrel.
Probable lineups AS Roma: Alisson – Florenzi, Fazio, Juan, Kolarov – Strootman, de Rossi, Nainggolan – Under, Dzeko, El Shaarawy
Reigning champions of Italy comes to the Olimpico stadium in Rome as the leading team of the Serie A and old-new winners of the Coppa Italia given that just four days ago they won at the same stadium another great rival Milan by even 4-0. Of course that winning the Cup will be just an another motive to win and celebrate at the Olimpico stadium their seventh consecutively won Scudetto for which they need just to draw with Roma, given that two rounds before the end of season they have even six points more than the 2nd-placed Napoli.
True, just three rounds earlier the situation was far more precarious for Juventus as after home defeat by Napoli the point difference between the two teams was just one point but then the Old Lady from Turin won next two matches with Inter and Bologn, while at the same time the Neapolitans won just one point from matches with Fiornetina and Torino. Regarding problems with absences, due to injuries the match with Roma should skip defenders Chiellini and Howedes, while forward Cuadrado is suspended.
Probable lineups Juventus: Buffon – Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro – Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi – Dybala, Douglas Costa – Higuain
AS Roma – Juventus PICK
We have said earlier that Juventus need a mere draw to verify the new title of Italian champion, while on the other hand Roma would definitely qualify for the Champions League if its win, which is why we give a slight advantage to the team from Rome in this derby of the Serie A.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Roma
Odds: 1.66 at betvictor (down to 1.61 can be played)