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May 13, 2018, 09:34 PM Last Edit: May 13, 2018, 09:52 PM by Harry85
Match Day 37
Roma vs Juventus
Monday, May 14th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 0.78
Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (16)

Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.33
Average goals against per match: 0.64
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala (22)

Two sides who should be relatively pleased with life at the minute meet at the Stadio Olimpico on Match Day 37 in Serie A.

Six points clear with two games to play what had looked like being a dramatic conclusion to the Serie A title race has now swung firmly in the favour of Juventus once again. They do still need one point to be sure, but if it doesn't come here they have lowly Hellas Verona to come at home on the final day.

Roma meanwhile qualified for the Champions League yesterday without even needing to kick a ball. Inter Milan's surprising home defeat to Sassuolo meaning the Nerrazzuri now cannot catch Roma.

Bruno Peres, Rick Karsdrop and Gregoire Defrel are all out injured for Roma.

Juventus must do without the injured duo of Mattia De Sciglio and Stefano Sturaro, in addition to the suspended Juan Cuadrado.

There wasn't much to separate these sides in Turin earlier in the season, with Juventus just edging it 1-0, and this may well be tight once again.

Roma are a good side, but Juventus aren't far off being a great one. Buoyed by picking up more silverware last week, they will be keen to add the 2017/18 Serie A trophy to the cabinet here by picking up at least a point.

The Old Lady have been magnificent on their travels this season, winning 14 of 18 on the road and losing just once. We see them improving that record still further with three points here.

 Prediction: Roma 1 - 2 Juventus


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  9 - 7
Shots on target: 2 - 0
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 47% - 53%

Referee Paolo Tagliavento booked Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro for Juventus, whilst Roma had Radja Nainggolan sent off for two bookable offences.

This wasn't particularly pretty from Juventus, who failed to register a single shot on target across the whole ninety minutes, but it did get the job done. Needing just a point to secure the Serie A title, a point is exactly what they got.

Juventus did have the ball in the net in the 48th minute when Paulo Dybala produced a fine first-time volley into the bottom corner from around twelve yards, but the effort was chalked off for offside.

Other than that, this was just about a defensive masterclass from Massimiliano Allegri's men, with Roma being restricted to efforts from range throughout almost the entirety of the contest. Edin Dzeko going closest with a deflected effort that sailed narrowly over the bar.

Having looked like going right to the wire following their defeat at home to Napoli, Juventus in the end defend their Serie A title with something to spare. That's two trophies in the space of a few days for the dominant force in Italian football following their midweek cup win over AC Milan.

In a way it is fitting that Juventus should claim the trophy with a resolute defensive display, as it is upon this solid foundation that their dynasty has been built. Whether this represents the end of an era remains to be seen as rumours regarding Allegri's future continue to proliferate.

Not a bad round of fixtures for Roma either though. Inter's failure against Sassuolo yesterday means that they will get another crack at the Champions League next season following their excellent run to the semi-finals in this year's campaign.

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