Roma vs Juventus: Roma to spoil the party?

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Sunday night at the Stadio Olimpico in Roma final home game of the season they will take on current league leaders Juventus and looking to spoil Juventus Roman party.

Juventus need one point to clinch their seventh straight Scudetto. Biscotto? Surely not.  The draw on some betting sites is 2/1… say what you think. 

Roma will be looking for their 5th win in a row and their 6th win out of 7 in all competitions on Sunday night. The league form since the Rome derby has been good. Wins against Genoa, SPAL, Chievo and last week a gritty wall performance in Sardinia was needed against a team fighting for relegation, and they got it with a 1-0 over Cagliari thanks to a Cengiz Under first-half goal. 

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Last weekend showed that Roma were prepared to win ugly when it mattered and that has been the hallmark of this side this season. It wasn’t a very pleasing on the eye performance and it was to be expected against a side who were fighting for survival. Also the performance just came days after the Liverpool Champions League game where Roma threw everything at Liverpool in the second half and came up short. There was definitely tired bodies in the Cagliari game and it showed. 

Juventus just four days after beating AC Milan in the Coppa Italia will return to the scene again looking to capture silverware. On Wednesday night they were helped by some poor goalkeeping from Gianluigi Donnarruma who made mistakes for two of the Juventus four goals. 

The league form for Juventus has been a bit patchy in recent weeks. A surprise draw away at Crotone was followed up by a 1-0 home defeat to Napoli in the biggest game of the season. While Napoli fans were celebrating after that win, Juventus ultras were having words with the Juventus players and it seems like it has been working out for the old lady. Two wins in a row in Serie A, a crazy 3-2 away win at Inter with two late goals from Juan Cuadrado and Gonzalo Higuain gave Juventus a win snatched from the jaws of defeat. Last weekend, trailing 1-0 at halftime to Bologna Juventus hit back thanks to a brilliant Douglas Costa second-half performance and won the game 3-1. 

Napoli have slipped away in recent weeks and that has given Juventus the chance to churn out results in the latter part of the season and stroll to the Serie A Scudetto while not performing at their best. 

The last time these two teams met at the Stadio Olimpico, was Round 36 of the 2016-17 season. Juventus took an early lead thanks to now Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina. Daniele De Rossi equalised for after he scrambled home from close range. Two second-half strikes from Stephan El Shaarawy and Radja Nainggolan gave Roma the three points.

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