Can AS Roma stifle Juventus’ charge to the top of Serie A?
This weekend, on December 23, we see the final Serie A matchup before Christmas – and it sure is a big one. Travelling to Turin, fourth place AS Roma will battle it out with second place Juventus, who have been rampaging their way towards the league leaders SSC Napoli. Juventus sits just one point behind Napoli, and Roma are only three points down on Juventus and with a game in hand, so there’s everything to play for in this massive Serie A game.
Over the course of the season, AS Roma have stood firm as the best defensive team in the league, only conceding ten goals through 16 games. While Aleksander Kolarov has been one of the standout performers of the entire league, central midfielder Radja Nainggolan deserves a lot of credit. The feisty midfielder reiterated his commitment to the club earlier this season and reinforced it with consistent, impeccable performances.
Up top, Roma relies on Edin Dzeko to alter the scoreline, and with 11 goals so far he’s doing a decent job. But that tally pales in comparison to what Juventus’ Argentine duo have been clocking in. So far, Pablo Dybala has 14 goals, and his compatriot Gonzalo Higuain has 11 – both also turning providers on three occasions. With 44 Serie A goals to Roma’s 28, it’s clear that Juventus are the more offensively savvy of the two clubs.
One of the key battles in this Italian clash will be between Roma’s Nainggolan and Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international is Juventus’ architect from the middle of the park, so Nainggolan will be tasked with snuffing him out. All the top Canadian sportsbooks for soccer are available here at BettingTop10, including Pinnacle Sports who have a huge range of markets for this huge Serie A clash, including AS Roma to win the game at +360.
The game should be a show of two opposite ethos, with Juventus’ flagrant attack taking on Roma’s staunch defence, resulting in a close game. But, given recent results, Juventus look set to win this in the end. Not only are Roma winless in their last three away games, but Juventus have won all seven of their last seven home games against the Giallorossi.
While it’ll be an intriguing game and Roma have a real chance to stifle the reigning Serie A champions, Juventus have history and form on their side.