Juventus host Verona in Serie A on Sunday with Andrea Pirlo’s men looking to close the gap on those above them in the table (7:45pm kick-off).
The Bianconeri are currently fifth in the table with two wins and two draws from their opening four games, one of just three teams left unbeaten in Serie A. Last time out in the league they were held to a 1-1 draw with Crotone, who were bottom of the league at the time, but bounced back with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League.
However, Juventus face tough opposition this weekend in Hellas Verona who are just two places and one point behind them in Serie A. Ivan Juric’s men haven’t been the most exciting team to watch, scoring four goals (though three came through a forfeit win over Roma) and conceding just one goal in their opening four games, having the joint-best defence and one of the worst attacks simultaneously.
But Pirlo will take encouragement from Juventus’ record against Verona, unbeaten in their 29 home Serie A games against Sunday’s opponents.
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- UK: FreeSports
- US: ESPN+
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Juventus & Verona’s previous line-ups:
- Juventus (vs Dynamo Kyiv): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Chiellini*, Bonucci; Danilo; Rabiot, Bentancur, Chiesa*, Kulusevski, Ramsey; Morata.
- Verona (vs Genoa): Silvestri; Ceccherini, Empereur, Lovato; Faraoni, Vieira, Ilic, Lazovic; Tameze; Colley, Favilli.
Juventus are without Federico Chiesa who was sent off in last weekend’s draw with Crotone, while the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini, Cristiano Ronaldo and Weston McKennie are also out.
Players to watch:
- Juventus: Alvaro Morata. In the absence of Ronaldo these past two games, Morata has stepped up to secure the draw against Crotone and the win over over Dynamo Kyiv, so fans will be hoping he can do the same this weekend. The Spaniard rejoined Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid at the start of the season, low on confidence and form, both of which took a hit from his time at Chelsea. His debut was a quiet one but Morata has shown in the past two games that he can be the man Juventus need to lead the line for now, and support Ronaldo long-term.
- Verona: Nikola Kalinic. As we’ve said, Verona have been uninspiring in Serie A this season, with their players scoring just one goal. And Kalinic was not responsible for that solo effort, but they may want to rely on him this weekend given his record against Juventus. The 32-year-old was a late arrival to the squad, joining from Atletico Madrid on the final day of the transfer window and played 30 minutes last weekend. With previous in Serie A for the likes of Fiorentina, AS Roma and AC Milan, Kalinic has scored four goals in eight league matches against Juventus, a record he has only bettered vs Cagliari.