Antonio Conte's men looked more determined than ever to lift the title after their early Champions League exit, and Al Hain-Cole expects this urgency to spell early goals in TurinSerie A action returns after the winter break on Sunday, as Roma travel to Turin to take on Juventus in a heavyweight title clash.
The hosts won their last nine consecutive league games before the Christmas intermission and are 4/6 (1.67) favourites with William Hill to pick up where they left off with a big win against their closest contenders.
The Giallorossi have lost each of their last three visits to the Turin ground but are available at 4/1 (5.00) to move within two points of the leaders by coming out on top this time out.
After taking the league by storm with 10 victories in their first 10 games, Rudi Garcia’s men relinquished top spot after drawing five of their next seven fixtures, and there are odds of 14/5 (3.80) on offer on them claiming a single point once again.
Despite their visitors’ record-breaking start to the season, the champions still go into this game looking well on course to pick up their third consecutive Scudetto since Antonio Conte took over.
While few can argue with the manager’s credentials on the domestic scene, he will have been bitterly disappointed to see his Champions League campaign end prematurely yet again after December’s 1-0 defeat against Galatasaray.
That upset seemed to spur the wounded La Vecchia Signora on in the following games, as they won their next three games by an aggregate scoreline of 11-1, racing into the lead within 15 minutes on each occasion.
Considering a goal has gone in before the 20 minute mark in each of Roma’s last three games, it seems unlikely that fans will have to wait to long to see the net bulge on Sunday, when odds of 8/11 (1.73) are not to be missed on the deadlock being broken within the opening half hour.
With three goals in his last two home games against these opponents, nobody relishes this encounter more than Arturo Vidal, who is well worth backing at 2/1 (3.00) to score his sixth goal in seven Juventus games in this one.
|Goal within 30 minutes for a 2pt stake at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill
||Vidal to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 2/1 (3.00) with William Hill
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