Italy: Serie A
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
For the recent years together with the ever-lasting champion Juve, other stable representative of the Italian football in European Club Cup is Roma. Here and now Bianconeri and Giallorossi got into the first round of the playoffs. It is obvious that new fight of top opponents became the central match of the round though the hosts won all last meetings in Turin:
29.09.2012. Juventus - Roma - 4:1 (Pirlo, Vidal, Matri, Giovinco – Osvaldo);
05.01.2014. Juventus - Roma – 3:0 (Vidal, Bonucci, Vučinić);
05.10.2014. Juventus - Roma – 3:2 (Tévez 2, Bonucci – Totti, Iturbe);
24.01.2016. Juventus – Roma – 1:0 (Dybala);
17.12.2016. Juventus – Roma – 1:0 (Higuaín);
Juventus (the head coach Massimiliano Allegri)
Surprisingly enough to millions of fans of the Turin super club the champion during this season is in a shadow of other challengers for new scudetto. Though the recent failure of Inter in a home match with Udinese (1:3) allowed Juventus to bypass the hosts of San Siro and to move to the second position. And now the champion is behind the Neapolitan team of Maurizio Sarri only with one point (41 against the 42).
Roma (the head coach Eusebio Di Francesco)
We didn’t tell you about the former stable game of Giallorossi accidently. After summer job swap and substitution of Luciano Spalletti on Eusébio Di Francesco Roma gradually loses the former positions in calcio.
And though in the majority of matches Roma is still winning over mid level teams and underdogs of Series A, however now its victories look extremely painful with a goal advantage in one scored goal.
To tell the truth when at the end of previous season it became known of Luciano Spalletti's transfer to Inter it became possible to assume that the new head coach of Roma will be also an ambitious expert. However the bosses of the club had chosen the head coach of Sassuolo. For this reason the vice-champion is only on the fourth position now being behind the trio of leaders.
Juventus – 1.85, draw – 3.75, Roma – 4.35;
Our tip: Juventus to win - odds 1.85 5Dimes