Juventus will be looking to get their Serie A title push back on track when they host bottom side Crotone on Monday (7.45pm kick-off, UK
Juventus will be looking to get their Serie A title push back on track when they host bottom side Crotone on Monday (7.45pm kick-off, UK time).
Andrea Pirlo’s side fell further behind the league leaders last time out but have the opportunity for an immediate response against their relegation-threatened opponents.
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- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Juventus 3-0 Crotone
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Juventus vs Crotone build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
A disappointing Champions League round-of-16 first-leg loss at Porto must be put in the rearview mirror as Juventus look to reignite their championship push.
Pirlo’s side find themselves 11 points behind leaders Inter Milan, albeit with two games in hand, going into this latest round of fixtures. A big reason for the deficit was Juve’s performances early on which at one point consisted of four draws across five games.
Recently the defending champions suffered two defeats in their last five Serie A outings, including last time out at Napoli. At home The Old Lady have recovered from a shock 0-3 loss against then struggling Fiorentina by registering four wins on the bounce. Can they make it five in a row?
With each passing week it’s looking increasingly likely Crotone will be demoted from Italy’s top division. Giovanni Stroppa’s side visit Juve’s lion’s den on the back of suffering four consecutive league defeats, though it’s worth acknowledging among those setbacks they suffered a 4-0 loss at title chasers AC Milan.
On the road it’s been even more disappointing; since returning to Serie A, as they’ve failed to pick up a single win away from home. Across 11 matches Crotone have lost in all but two outings. Both were goalless draws at sides in the bottom six: Torino and Udinese.
- Juventus (vs Porto): Szczesny; Danilo, De Ligt, Chiellini*, Alex Sandro; McKennie, Rabiot, Bentancur, Chiesa; Kulusevski, Ronaldo.
- Crotone (vs Sassuolo): Cordaz; Djidji, Luperto, Golemic; Pereira, Zanellato, Messias, Petriccione, Reca; Ounas, Di Carmine.
Adrien Rabiot serves a one-match suspension for Juventus whilst Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Juan Cuadrado and Arthur find themselves in the physio room. Giuseppe Cuomo, meanwhile, is the only player missing for Crotone.
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Player to watch: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Since joining Italy’s preeminent team after enjoying an illustrious period at Real Madrid no one has been safe from Cristiano Ronaldo with the exception of Chievo, who are the only Serie A side — from 22 — to face him and not concede a goal.
Crotone will be hoping to join that exclusive club when they cross paths with the 36-year-old Portuguese forward. If they are unable to keep Ronaldo at bay then it’s another milestone for the five-time Ballon d’Or recipient as they’ll become the 78th different side Ronaldo has scored against in Europe’s top five leagues.
Since 2000 only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (79) has scored against more teams. Ronaldo comes into this game in uncharacteristic form; across Juve’s last five league games he’s netted just once; in fact the former Manchester United star has only managed four goals from eight played so far during this calendar year. But worrying for Crotone, all of those strikes have come at home.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Juventus: LWWWL
- Crotone LLLLW
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