Saturday 22 Dec

Juventus vs Roma - Match Preview

22 Dec 2018 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Juventus Turin

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W


19:30 GMT
22 December 2018

AS Roma

  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W

19:30 GMT 22 December 2018

There are only two more Serie A matchweeks ahead of their annual three-week winter break. This week sees two of the division’s biggest sides come together as Juventus host Roma on Saturday evening.


  • Juventus have been near impeccable so far this season in the league as they have won 15 and drawn one of their opening 16 matches. They have already opened up a gap of eight points over Napoli at the top and will hoping to maintain or even extend that lead. They have only dropped points against Genoa this term but only just squeezed past Torino in the Turin derby last week, beating them 1-0.
  • Roma will be disappointed with how they have performed in Serie A this season as they sit 7th at this stage with 24 points from 16 games. They’ve won just two of their last eight league games, surrendering their place in the top five as a result. However, they got back to winning ways last time out as they came from behind twice to win 3-2 against Genoa.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has shown his brilliance during his debut season in Italy and with 10 goals and five assists so far, no player in the top-flight has been involved in more goals.
  • Roma’s biggest struggle has been their lack of a prolific goalscorer and Stephan El Shaarawy is their leading talisman with just five goals.


As two of the country’s elite teams, it hasn’t been easy to pick a winner when they come together. In the last six meetings, Juventus have the slight edge with three wins whilst Roma have two and the most recent match-up ended goalless back in May. There have been over 2.5 goals in the meetings just once in the last five while both teams have scored in just one.


Napoli play before Juve on Saturday so they can close the gap to five points but the hosts will be desperate to restore that advantage. Andrea Barzagli and Joao Cancelo miss out for the league leaders.

Latest matches: Juventus Turin

15.12.2018 Seri Turin FC Juventus Turin 0:1 W
12.12.2018 UEFA Young Boys Bern Juventus Turin 2:1 L
07.12.2018 Seri Juventus Turin Inter Milan 1:0 W
01.12.2018 Seri AC Fiorentina Juventus Turin 0:3 W
27.11.2018 UEFA Juventus Turin Valencia CF 1:0 W


If results go in their favour and they somehow beat Juventus, Roma can break back into the top four but it is very unlikely. Lorenzo Pellegrini and El Shaarawy aren’t expected to feature for them in Turin.

Latest matches: AS Roma

16.12.2018 Seri AS Roma Genoa FC 3:2 W
12.12.2018 UEFA FC Viktoria Plzen AS Roma 2:1 L
08.12.2018 Seri Cagliari Calcio AS Roma 2:2 D
02.12.2018 Seri AS Roma Inter Milan 2:2 D
27.11.2018 UEFA AS Roma Real Madrid 0:2 L


In the form they are in, it is far too hard to look past a Juventus win as they look to increase their chance of a fully unbeaten campaign. Paired with Roma’s poor form, the champions could quite easily win the game by a couple of goals but backing them to win without Roma scoring looks like the best bet.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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