Roma have just about answered all their critics of late, Claudio Ranieri’s team having won their last three league games, including the 2-0 victory at Lazio which proved to be the turning point of their season to date.
Add the Champions League success at Basle in the middle of the run and it is easy to see why Claudio has his confidence brimming over once again.
Adding interest to an intriguing clash is the fact that Ranieri and the Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri used to manage the opposite club to the ones they are in charge of now, with Claudio still bitter about his dismissal around eighteen months ago.
Juventus took the lead shortly after the interval in the corresponding fixture in January, but still lost the match 1-2 with Riise scoring the winner in injury time.
Roma have closed to within one point of Juventus though Juve’s differential is ten goals superior to that of their rivals.
It’s worth noting that all five of the Juventus victories have been gained when leading at half time before going on to secure all three points. Bookmaker Victor Chandler offers a stand out price of 11/8 for a Juventus victory, though more speculative punters might be attracted to the 31/10 odds quote from online bookmaker bwin relating to the ‘double result’.
Roma have Mirko Vucinic back in situ having rested the player in midweek, whilst Del Neri has Traore, Melo and Amauri are back in contention to make the starting line up.