Juventus Torino vs. AS Roma
Sunday, January 5th 2014, 20:45 CET
Juventus return to Serie A as Fall Champions and face AS Roma, the team in second place that finished off the year on a high. Looking back at the statistics of the last five matches, one would see that Roma didn’t lose once. Yes their matches ended with draws, and their latest one ended with a 4-0 hammering of Catania, but the draws they sported helped them stay clear of third placed Napoli with 5 points.
Juventus Torino has a five points lead on Roma, and goes chasing after their tenth win in a row in Serie A, considering they haven’t lost at home since January 6th, of last year. Bianconeri averaged 2.88 goals per game, while Roma is set to 1.88 goals per game at Stadio Olimpico.
Squad wise, Juventus is expected to keep Marchisio on the bench, thanks to Andrea Pirlo being recuperated from his injury. Llorente and Tevez are expected to be the attacking duo of this match, considering the former one netted three goals during their last game of the season.
Roma was in first place for a while at the beginning of Serie A, but since Juve took over, they’ve been keeping up the pace quite nicely. It’s their defense that has been in excellent form this season, and has given the Giallorossi the title for the team to be unbeaten so far in Serie A for the 2013/2014 run. Roma is also expected to start with three strikers, most likely with Gervinho and Totti while the other spot should be disputed between Destro and Ljaijc.
Considering Roma’s defense has conceded the least number of goals in Serie A so far, seven to be exact, the big question will be if Buffon will be immune to their attacks and whose defense will crumble first.
Bet365 offers odds of 2.7 for over 2.5 goals per match, and are most likely to issue a Bore draw money back offer for this match which is expected to be highly disputed.
Juventus Torino: Team’s Formation
AS Roma: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Over 2.5 goals per match at 2.7 from bet365