Juventus won the Serie A Scudetto at the right time. Maurizio Sarri’s team are out of form and that was shown once more in midweek when Cagliari defeated the Bianconeri 2-0. Most football fans that didn’t watch the fixture would assume that Sarri played a weakened squad. However, that was not the case. Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Leonardo Bonucci were all on the pitch for the Bianconeri, but did nothing but fire blanks.
Roma may have nothing to play for on Saturday but will still want to do well against the league champions. Roma have qualified for the Europa League for next term and cannot be knocked out of fifth place on the final weekend of football.
Both clubs are getting ready for the European football restart. Roma will restart their Europa League campaign on Thursday, August 6 against Sevilla. Their original last 16 first leg was postponed due to Covid-19. Now, the two-legged series will be a simple one-off knockout game.
Juventus are set for their second leg Champions League fixture against Lyon. The Bianconeri are 1-0 down on aggregate and should be afraid of elimination. Can Sarri turn around Juventus’s form heading into the Champions League restart?
Sarri continues to blame Juventus’s poor form on fixture congestion and injuries. He seems to overlook that Juventus tallied 33 shots against Cagliari and still managed to lose 2-0. Juventus have won just twice in their last seven matches in Serie A. To claim that injuries and fixture congestion are the problem is shortsighted especially when Sarri manages the richest club in Italy. Both Cagliari goals came in the first half as they held out the second 45 minutes for a legendary win to nil.
Roma are unbeaten in six straight games with three straight finishing in victory. The GIallorossi are in great form under coach Paulo Fonseca. Roma have recorded 20 wins this term and recorded 67 points going into the final day of the campaign. Still, they are 11 points off of the fourth Champions League place occupied by their Eternal City rival Lazio.
Juventus and Roma have met three times already this campaign in league and cup matches. The Bianconeri won both fixtures outscoring Roma 5-2. Their league game played at the Stadio Olimpico ended with Juventus claiming a 2-1 win. The game wasn’t as close as the scoreline made it appear. Merih Demiral and Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the opening 10 minutes. Roma didn’t find the back of the net until the 68th minute through a Diego Perotti penalty.
Roma haven’t won in Turin since the 2011 Coppa Italia. They have struggled on their travels to gain wins way the Juventus.
Sarri is once again likely to play his top players in the lead up to the Champions League restart. Ronaldo played in midweek and completed the full 90 minutes. Sarri will most likely start the Portuguese star once more to tune him up for the game against Lyon in midweek. It is claimed Ronaldo wants to play as he attempts to catch Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in the Golden Boot race.
Juventus’s coach is sweating the fitness of forward Paulo Dybala. The Argentine could be back in time for the game against Lyon, but is likely to sit out the finale versus Roma. Dybala has a thigh injury which will keep him listed as “day to day”.
Mattijis de Ligt is now listed as out of action. He has a shoulder issue and is set to have surgery on it. Demiral has returned to action after recovering from a serious knee injury.
Roma will be without Lorenzo Pellegrini and Antonio Mirante. Both players are set to miss out on the rest of the season.
Both teams to score: Yes - BET NOW
Juventus and Roma have played twice this season in Serie A and the Coppa Italia with the former winning both matches. They outscored Roma 5-2 in those games. Juventus may have been shut out by Cagliari in midweek but should be better at home. They are out of form while Roma are in form heading into the game.
Over 2.5 goals scored - BET NOW
Both games this season finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Juventus won both matches and dominated the first halves of each game. Juventus have not lost at home all season long. Four of the Bianconeri’s last five matches in Serie A all ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Three straight Roma away games finished with over 2.5 goals and all three games ended in victory. Roma have Serie A’s third-best away points total.
A penalty in the match: Yes - BET NOW
When these teams played in Serie A earlier this season, the game saw two penalties with Ronaldo and Perotti both slotting home from the spot. Juventus ran out to a 2-0 lead by halftime in Serie A and finished the first half up 3-0 when the teams played in the Coppa Italia.
Roma are a good team and very much in form. They could finally get a win in Turin this weekend as Juventus continue to decline under Sarri. Questions are still being raised over Juventus’s firing of Massimiliano Allegri and the hiring of Sarri. The club haven’t been as good as last term under the former Chelsea boss.
Roma claimed a win against Juventus last season at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. They won that game 2-1. Based on the results of the games this season, it is likely both sides will win and Roma could claim a massive moral victory ahead of the Europa League restart. If Juventus lose another game, and end their home winning streak, then they should be worried going into the Champions League restart. Roma could get a win or draw away in Turin for the first time since 2011.
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The match between Juventus and Roma is being played at the Allianz Stadium.
The match between Juventus and Roma kicks-off at 19:45 UK time on Saturday 1st August.