Juventus remain level on points at the top with Inter, with fourth-placed Roma a full 10 points adrift at this stage.
The visitors will fancy themselves against Paulo Fonseca’s charges, who have struggled a bit against higher-placed teams this season as they’ve drawn three of five winless matches when facing sides currently seventh or above in the table.
That does however include stalemates with both Inter and Lazio, two of the three teams above them, so this is no foregone conclusion.
In fact, Roma have actually performed fairly well against the Old Lady in recent times and at the Stadio Olimpico alone, they’re W5-D3-L1 across all competitions since 2011/12 with that sole defeat coming over five years ago now.
These have typically been tight affairs as seven of those nine matches saw fewer than three goals, while home or away, that’s also been the case in six of seven meetings since January 2016, as five of these saw just one strike or none at all.
Under 2.5 Goals
Roma have also witnessed a maximum of two goals in each of those aforementioned five encounters with the rest of the top seven in the table this term, scoring just two goals across these themselves and drawing at the break in all but one of them.
That lack of output somewhat puts us off getting behind the side from the capital, especially given they have one or two fitness doubts with which to contend.
The Giallorossi were without Federico Fazio, Davide Santon, Davide Zappacosta, Bryan Cristante and Justin Kluivert for their defeat hosting Torino last time out, while the visitors that day had veteran goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to thank for a string of fine saves.
A few of those players will return here, though Nicolo Zaniolo and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have since added themselves to the list of slight doubts ahead of this fixture as well.
First Half Result A Draw
Although Roma aren’t quite tempting enough at the prices to side with, we would expect them to keep things tight at the very least.
Juventus may have exploded into life during the second half hosting Cagliari at the weekend, scoring four times after the interval, but they’ve now been level at the half-time whistle in 13 of their last 16 games now, as all three exceptions came against teams in the bottom five of the table at the time of the encounters.
In a game where we’d expect chances to come at a premium, the first half draw is certainly very appealing.
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