Juventus get their Coppa Italia campaign underway when they host fellow Serie A side Genoa on Wednesday night (7:45pm kick-off, UK time).
The Bianconeri were losing finalists in last season’s competition, beaten on penalties by Napoli, but may view the cup as their best chance of winning a trophy in Andrea Pirlo’s first campaign as manager.
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- UK: BT Sport 3
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Juventus 3-0 Genoa
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Juventus vs Genoa build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Although Juventus cannot be ruled out of the race for the Serie A title, seven points off league leaders AC Milan with a game in hand, the Coppa Italia may present a good opportunity for glory this season. The Bianconeri are the most successful side in the competition’s history, winning it 13 times, but they have now gone two years without success.
Juventus enter the competition in the last-16 round as one of the top eight seeded teams in Serie A from last season, and go into this week’s game on a three-match winning run, which included victory over AC Milan and a 3-1 win against Sassuolo at the weekend.
Their opponents, Genoa, also go into the game off the back of a win, beating Bologna 2-0 at the weekend, but there haven’t been too many highlights this season. Davide Ballardini’s side are currently 17th in Serie A with just three wins to their name, moving out of the relegation zone thanks to their victory over Bologna.
Genoa have, however, had some success in the Coppa Italia this season, winning two games having entered at the third round. Third-tier side Catanzaro were the first to fall, 2-1 in October, before Genoa beat fellow Serie A team Sampdoria 3-1 to secure their spot in the last-16.
- Juventus (vs Sassuolo): Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Demiral, Frabotta; Chiesa*, Arthur, Bentancur, McKennie*; Dybala, Ronaldo.
- Genoa (vs Bologna): Perin*; Bani, Radovanovic, Masiello; Zappacosta, Behrami, Badelj, Zajc, Criscito; Destro, Shomurodov.
Federico Chiesa and Weston McKennie both suffered injuries in Juventus’ win over Sassuolo at the weekend and will now undergo tests to find out the extent of the damage done. Alvaro Morata, Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado remain out, and Pirlo could be tempted to rotate ahead of the weekend’s game against Inter Milan.
Genoa will be able to call upon Edoardo Goldaniga after he missed the weekend’s match due to suspension, but the visitors remain without a host of players including Goran Pandev, Cristian Zapata and Mattia Perin.
Players to watch:
- Juventus: No matter where you look in the Juventus squad for their most influential players, the eyes will always return to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward has been Juventus’ best player so far this season, and arguably the best in Serie A overall, showing no signs of slowing down. Still a goalscorer extraordinaire, Ronaldo scored his 15th league goal of the season against Sassuolo (and currently leads the Serie A scoring charts), adding to a further four in the Champions League. He has also already scored against Genoa this season, netting twice in the 3-1 win in December, and has found the net in all four of his appearances against them.
- Genoa: Another player to score at the weekend, for Genoa, was Mattia Destro who also extended his lead as the club’s top scorer in the Serie A this season. The Italian has now scored six goals in Serie A this season, at least three more than any other player and, in fact, only second to Ronaldo when pooling these two sides together. However, unlike Ronaldo, Destro does not have a good record against their midweek opponents. He is yet to score against Juventus in 15 appearances for Genoa, Siena, AS Roma and Bologna, his worst record versus any single club. It should also be noted that has never been on the winning side during that run as well.
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