Roma host Juventus on Sunday in a match that could have serious consequences in their quest for European football next season. Juventus, who’ve already wrapped up Scudetto, will be playing for some pride and hoping to finish the season strong. Here are the Three Keys to this exciting clash. Bet on the Serie A here.
Roma defence v Juventus attack
Roma’s defence hasn’t been up to scratch this season. They have kept a total of just eight clean sheets in 35 Serie A matches this season. They have kept a dismal three sheets at home which isn’t a good record when going up against one of the world’s best attacking players. If they can’t shut up shop and defend much better on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo and company will have a field day and dent their top four ambitions.
Juventus have the second best attack in the Serie A after this season’s surprise package Atalanta. Ronaldo will be Roma’s biggest threat at the Stadio Olimpico having scored 21 goals and assisted another eight. The Biaconeri have found the back of the net in four of their last five visits. Therefore, the hosts should be wary of a team aiming to finish the season strong and nothing to lose.
Roma solid home form v Juve shaky away form
The home side have lost just one game at home in the Serie A in their last ten, winning seven and drawing two. On top of that, Roma can take inspiration from the fact that Juve have won just once in their 15 visits to Stadio Olimpico in all competitions.
Scudetto champions have had a shaky few weeks away from home in the Serie A. they’ve won just once in their last five visits, losing four and drawing two. In addition to that dismal record away to Roma, Massimiliano Allegri’s men will need to put up a strong performance in the capital against a hungry team chasing a top four finish.
Roma top four stakes v Juventus playing for pride
The Giallorossi’s poor showing in this season's Champions League led to the dismissal of former manager Eusebio di Francesco. Now, Roma are fighting for a Champions League place which has proven to be difficult given the teams they are competing with. Anything other than a win will be detrimental to their top four ambitions. The good thing is, they are just three points off fourth-placed Atalanta with 59 points. With just three games left to play, they have to get maximum points or risk ending their season in agonizing fashion.
After being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax, Juventus overcame bounced back to beat Fiorentina last month and claim the Serie A title for the eighth season in a row. Juve will definitely be playing this match just for pride since they’re also out of the Coppa Italia. However, they’ll up against a determined Roma side looking for a top-four finish, though they will also want to finish the season strong.