Serie A champions Juventus will look to end their campaign on a high and build momentum for the Champions League when they take on Roma.
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Key Stat: Roma are actually in the better form of the two teams, winning six and drawing one of their last seven matches.
Expert Verdict: Roma are unbeaten in their last seven games, but within those they have drawn with Inter and their last defeat was against Napoli. That sums up their problems this season, and why they have missed out on Champions League football. Champions Juventus can end the season on a high and look ahead to next week’s revamped Champions League closing stages on the back of a win.
Juventus remain without Sami Khedira, Mattia de Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini and Douglas Costa but Matthijs de Ligt could return and Adrien Rabiot is back from suspension. There may be a difficult balancing act to negotiate – resting players vs building momentum for the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo – The Portuguese superstar has scored 35 goals this season and set up seven for his team-mates as his star shows no sign of waning.
Matthijs de Ligt – A big signing in defencer this season, he has been a key part of the back four and will need to keep in-form Edin Dzeko quiet.
Gonzalo Higuain – Whether he starts or comes off the bench, the experienced striker remains a key player and has ten goals and eight assists this season.
Juventus have rather stumbled over the line with just two wins in their last seven matches, but the 2-0 victory at home to Sampdoria – Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Bernardeschi scoring – ensured they sealed the Serie A title. They lost 2-0 to Cagliari last time out, however – their second defeat in three games.
Defenders:Danilo, Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro
Midfielders:Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Betancur, Adrien Rabiot
Forwards:Juan Cuadrado, Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo
Lorenzo Pellegrini’s busted nose could keep him out of action on the final day but Roma will otherwise be at full strength for this one. Roger Ibanez was back on the bench last time out but Gianluca Mancini and Chris Smalling are likely to continue with Aleksandr Kolarov to the left of them in a back three.
Edin Dzeko – Back on the scoresheet last time out to move to 19 for the season, as well as contributing 14 assists. The Bosnian Diamond has become a Roma icon.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Nine goals and six assists so far this season do not tell the full story of what he contributes creatively in attack.
Chris Smalling – A successful loan spell could come to an end in this match as his transfer fee remains an issue. The Manchester United man will want to sign off on a high against Ronaldo and co.
Roma are unbeaten in their last seven games, winning six of them – including the last three. Jordan Veretout scored two penalties in a 2-1 win against Fiorentina in their last home game, while they were in Turin in mid-week – Edin Dzeko, Chris Smalling and Amadou Diawara netting in a 3-2 win away to Torino.
Defenders:Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Aleksandr Kolarov
Midfielders:Bruno Peres, Amadou Diawara, Bryan Cristante, Leonardo Spinazzola
Forwards:Carles Perez, Edin Dzeko, Henrikh Mkhitaryan
The two teams have met twice in the league already this season, with both games since the turn of the year. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in both matches as Juventus won 2-1 in the league at Roma – Merih Demiral and Ronaldo putting them 2-0 up and Diego Perotti’s penalty not enough for a comeback - and 3-1 in the Coppa Italia. In the most recent match, Ronaldo opened the scoring and Rodrigo Betancur and Leo Bonucci also netted in the first half. Gianlugi Buffon’s own goal was mere consolation for Roma. Here are the results of their last five meetings:
Jan 22, 2020: Juventus 3-1 Roma
Jan 12, 2020: Roma 1-2 Juventus
May 12, 2019: Roma 2-0 Juventus
Dec 22, 2018: Juventus 1-0 Roma
May 13, 2018: Roma 0-0 Juventus
Juventus’ title charge has not exactly continued with a surge to the finish. It has been more of a stumble over the line, with just two wins in their last seven matches.
But they have still managed to seal the title and they can sign off from the Serie A season with a home win that will lift confidence ahead of the Champions League too.
Juventus have a potentially tough set of Champions League fixtures to come if they are to add European silverware to their national title, so they will need all the momentum they can get.
Roma have the momentum but they will finish fifth regardless. Their only hope of Champions League football next season is now winning the Europa League.
That is doable in their current form though – but the cautious note would be where they dropped points lately.
Roma have won six from seven, but they drew with Inter Milan and their most recent defeat was against Napoli.
You can only beat the teams before you, but it is clear the top teams have been a problem for Roma this season – hence them being 11 points behind rivals Lazio despite their strong finish to the campaign.
There are positives – Edin Dzeko getting back on the scoresheet last time out, for starters – but Juventus can halt Roma’s winning run in this game.
It is not just a matter of pride as they prepare to celebrate another title win, they need the momentum too and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo can find it in this game.
With Roma in good form, they are actually favourites with the bookmakers for this one and they are 23/20 to win with Bet365 and Betway. Juventus can upset the odds though and may be worth backing at 19/10 to win with 888sport.
Roma are unbeaten in seven mind, s the Juventus-draw double chance at a generous 7/10 with 888sport could pay dividends.
Both teams to score, with Juventus having been shakier in defence recently – more than normal – is 1/2 with Bet365 and Betway.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a best price of 21/20 to score at any time with Betway, meanwhile. Roma top scorer Edin Dzeko is 6/5 with Paddy Power.
Juventus are in the worse form of the two, but they can end their league season on a high.