Losing attackers Erik Lamela and Dani Osvaldo to the Premier League in the summer does not seem to have had an adverse effect on Roma’s chances of lifting the Scudetto for the first time since 2001 and the 23/10 offered by bwin about them being the last unbeaten team in Serie A is a tempting price.
Rudi Garcia’s league-leaders have won their first seven league games this term and are currently two points ahead of fellow non-losers Napoli and Juventus in the Serie A standings.
After hosting Rafa Benitez’s team in their next game, Roma have a relatively straightforward run of fixtures coming up.
Juventus’ 4/5 favouritism seems to be mostly based on the fact that the other two teams in this market face each other in the next round of Serie A, but Roma beat Napoli 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico just six months ago and come into this fixture off the back of a brilliant 3-0 win against Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Their opponents couldn’t find a way past Serie A newboys Sassuolo at home recently and if Roma avoid defeat in this fixture they will be confident of beating inconsistent Udinese away, with bottom-half strugglers Chievo, Torino and Sassuolo to follow in the league.
The Giallorossi have seen off all comers this season for the concession of just one strike.
Serie A’s second-best defenders Napoli – who are the 3/1 outsiders in this market – have conceded four times as many goals in the league this season as Garcia’s side, with Jonathan Biabiany’s opener for Parma in Roma’s 3-1 win at the Stadio Ennio Tardini the only time keeper Morgan De Sanctis has been beaten in seven games.
Wins to nil at home to city rivals Lazio and at Sampdoria, as well as the thumping of Inter, have been particular highlights and the performances of Leandro Castan over the past few campaigns have seen the 26-year-old centre-half linked with Chelsea.
Juventus and Napoli face Fiorentina and each other in the next five games.
The Bianconeri travel to Florence to take on the Viola when domestic football resumes after the international break and last year’s fourth-placed team will be keen to build on the goalless draw they held the champions to in 2012/13.
Napoli also have a date with Vincenzo Montello’s side – whose only loss this season was a 2-1 reverse at Inter – at the Stadio Artemio Franchi before the end of the month before travelling to Turin to face the Scudetto holders in November.