Injury-Hit Juventus May Be Left Short-Handed Against Roma
It’s been a busy period for champions Juventus and they will go into the winter break off the back of a crucial title clash with Roma and their patched-up squad will need to be at their best to see off the Giallorossi. Gigi Buffon is highly likely to miss the clash, putting his chances of breaking the all-time Serie A appearance record in jeopardy. The goalkeeper is planning to retire at the end of the season and will be hoping to help his side wrap up yet another Scudetto.
Mario Mandzukic has also been nursing an injury and required 13 stitches whilst Mattia DeSciglio is also struggling for fitness. Giorgio Chiellini may return for this clash whilst Paulo Dybala played in midweek against Genoa in the Coppa Italia. Benedikt Howedes and Stephan Lichtsteiner are longer-term absentees with the defensive duo unlikely to make it back for this top of the table clash.
This clash will give Roma the opportunity to draw level on points with Juventus in the Serie A standings. Napoli remain top of the league heading into pre-festive fixtures with the Old Lady sitting just a point behind the leaders. Here at BettingTop10, you can find details of all the top UK online bookmakers including Bet365, who have made the hosts 3/4 favourites for this contest with Roma available at 7/2 to cause an upset in Turin.
Roma don’t have any midweek cup commitments and come off the back of an important 1-0 success against Cagliari where defender Federico Fazio fired home in the 94th minute to keep Eusebio Di Francesco’s side competitive at the top of the table. They remain unbeaten on the road this season, with five wins from seven, and have conceded just three times so far. They are likely to keep it tight once again and have only been defeated by a single goal during their last three visits to the Juventus Stadium. Betfair are offering 4/5 for Under 2.5 Goals in this crunch clash.