The Stadio Olimpico hosts two of Italy’s most reputable clubs in Roma and Juventus. Juve are looking to make it ten successive domestic titles whilst Roma hope to recover from an embarrassing off-field blunder in the aftermath of their trip to Verona last weekend. Andrew Delaney previews this Serie A mouthwatering tie and shares his best betting tips.
Who is playing?
Roma vs Juventus
What competition are Roma and Juventus playing in?
Serie A Matchweek 2
When is Roma vs Juventus?
7:45 GMT on Sunday 27th September
Which stadium is hosting Roma vs Juventus?
Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
What channel is Roma vs Juventus on?
Premier Sports 1
Roma vs Juventus Summary:
One of the more eye-catching encounters in Italian football, Roma vs Juve rarely disappoints. Despite the Bianconeri’s recent dominance, Roma have an outstanding record at the Olimpico winning five of the last nine meetings here it would not surprise me if the champions find it tough again.
Any team boasting Cristiano Ronaldo up front though is always likely to be the favourite. The Portuguese superstar opened his 2020/21 Serie A account last weekend and hopes to secure himself the Capocannoniere in Serie A and be the season’s top scorer as his 31 goals last season was not enough to beat Lazio’s Ciro Immobile to the award.
Securing a staggering ninth title in a row for the Turin side was evidently not enough for Maurizio Sarri to keep his job at Juventus for the new season as he was sacked following their defeat to Lyon in the Champions League Last 16. Club legend Andrea Pirlo was given the job, notably his first professional managerial role, just days after being initially named manager of the Under 23 side.
Roma were underwhelming on all fronts last season, finishing outside the top four in Serie A and losing at the quarter-final stage in both domestic and European cup competitions. After having their opening day point taken off them for fielding the ineligible Amadou Diawara. They had accidently marked Diawara as an under-22 player, an error that cost them a potentially vital point, and therefore Roma would welcome three points here.
Roma Team News and Form
Until Tuesday afternoon, Roma had a point on the board after drawing 0-0 against Hellas Verona, but they received a 3-0 loss for their paperwork error. They were far from scintillating, but a point would’ve been welcome after a decent performance on the opening day.
Roma will want to continue where they left off at the end of last season, winning seven and drawing one of their final eight league games, scoring 23 goals.
Edin Dzeko played no part in Roma’s match with Verona last week after speculation grew that he was increasingly likely to be joining the Giallorossi’s opponents this week. Roma instead opted to play with an attacking trio featuring no recognised striker of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pedro and Lorenzo Pellegrini, and failed to score. The Dzeko saga may end up with the Bosnian going nowhere, however, as the transfer merry-go-round meant Roma were reluctant to let him leave as they struggled to agree personal terms to buy Arkadiusz Milik as his replacement from Napoli. Juve were also unhappy that negotiations had stalled so instead moved quick to secure Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid.
Juventus Team News and Form
Complacency seriously took over Juventus in the latter stages of last season as they were awful after their collapse at the San Siro against Milan in which they blew a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2, winning just two of their final eight then failing to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Lyon in the Champions League, crashing out very early at the Last 16 stage, despite being one of the competition’s favourites.
Andrea Pirlo got off to a perfect start as manager, though with a comfortable 3-0 success over Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium last Sunday with new signing Dejan Kulusevski among the scorers.
Kulusevski made his league debut for Juventus alongside American midfielder Weston McKennie who has joined from Schalke and they gave youngster Gianluca Frabotta just a second senior start at left-back and could start again with Alex Sandro injured. Paulo Dybala missed out with injury and is unlikely to feature here either, so a front two of Kulusevski and Ronaldo may be utilised once more.
Roma Last Five Matches
- Verona (A) 3-0 Serie A defeat (score change – match result 0-0)
- Cagliari (A) 2-2 Preseason draw
- Frosinone (A) 4-1 preseason win
- Sambenedettese (H) 4-2 Preseason win
- Sevilla (N) 2-0 Europa League defeat
Juventus Last Five Matches
- Sampdoria (H) 3-0 Serie A win
- Novara (H) 5-0 Preseason win
- Lyon (N) 2-1 Champions League win (2-2* agg defeat)
- Roma (H) 1-3 Serie A defeat
- Cagliari (A) Serie A defeat
|1st August 2020||JUV 1-3 ASR||Serie A|
|22nd January 2020||JUV 3-1 ASR||Coppa Italia|
|12st January 2020||ASR 1-2 JUV||Serie A|
|12st May 2019||ASR 2-0 JUV||Serie A|
|22nd December 2018||JUV 1-0 ASR||Serie A|
Roma Top Scorers
- Edin Dzeko (19 goals in all comps 2019/20) – For the fourth season in a row, the 34-year-old was top scorer for Roma with 16 of his goals coming in Serie A, ranking him eighth in the division.
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan (9 goals in all comps 2019/20) – The former Arsenal, Man United and Dortmund man has always been more renowned for his playmaking abilities, but the Armenian chipped in with a decent return in front of goal as well last season, scoring all nine of his goals in Serie A.
Juventus Top Scorers
- Cristiano Ronaldo (37 goals in all comps 2019/20) – The CR7 machine rolled on once more as he was unsurprisingly Juve’s top scorer for the second time in his two seasons at the club, taking his all time club record to 637 goals.
- Paulo Dybala (17 goals in all comps 2019/20) – After a difficult spell in which it seemed he was being frozen out at the club, Dybala reminded us all of his quality, becoming one of Juve’s most important players and reinstating himself as a regular starter as they secured the Scudetto last season.
- Juventus recently secured a ninth consecutive Serie A title.
- Roma finished outside the Champions League places for a second year, running after not missing out since 2013.
- Juventus have won only three of their last nine Serie A matches, all at home.
- Roma won 22 from a possible 24 points at the end of last season.
Andrew’s Betting Tips
The Old Lady often had vast amounts of possession during Sarri’s reign and expect that to continue if Pirlo implements his own playing style on the Juve squad. Despite being slack at times with the ball, they registered 62% possession against Sampdoria last week and wore their visitors down, eventually netting two late goals. If they go with a similar game plan, expect them to do something similar to Roma. Juventus to score in the second half is 8/15* with Mark Jarvis.
This fixture has not seen a flurry of goals of late with just eight of the last 20 meetings seeing both teams score and with Roma drawing a blank at the Bentegodi last week while Juve kept a clean sheet. Both Teams To Score – No is 6/5* with Mark Jarvis.
They have set high standards in Turin this summer and Pirlo will hope his side can follow up from their three goal margin of victory last weekend in a game that really should have seen more goals in favour of the Bianconeri. Roma lacked a cutting edge in attack and also may struggle to deal with the fresh attack minded formation set out by Pirlo. Juve (-1) is an outside shout and worth considering at 12/5* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of time of writing (Thursday 24th September) and subject to change
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