Preview - Verona vs Juventus 31 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 30, 2017, 08:10 PM

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Verona vs Juventus

It won't be a cakewalk for sure. Curiously, Juventus haven't won any of their last three trips to the Bentegodi.

Verona, who whipped AC Milan 3-0 here a fortnight ago, will have to make several big adjustments though if they want to fancy this quite brilliant record against the reigning champions.

Midfielder Marcel Buchel is suspended and slight knocks to Mohamed Fares, Alessio Cerci and Mattia Valoti could see them all miss the game through injury.

As for Juventus, who trail leaders Napoli by four points but have a game in hand, they will be relieved that they won't be playing against another top-four club. They have played these three sides in that zone over the past month, drawing with Inter Milan 0-0 and edging both Napoli and Roma 1-0, courtesy of early strikes.

Max Allegri has left Paulo Dybala on the bench for three Serie A rounds in a row and it remains to be seen if the young Argentine will get the nod to feature in this one.

Gigi Buffon, Mattia De Sciglio and Benedikt Howedes all look likely to miss out through injury, while Federico Bernardeschi will be pushing hard for a start ahead of Juan Cuadrado.

Prediction: Verona 1-2 Juventus


Match Stats:

  • Verona 1-3 Juventus
  • Shots: 2-16
  • Possession: 33%-67%
  • Corner kicks: 6-6

Paulo Dybala proved he is back with two late goals - scored with his weaker right foot - as Juventus struggled to beat Verona 3-1.

Napoli had already secured the status of Winter Champions as leaders at the half-way stage of the season, but Juve open up a six-point gap from the chasing pack, as Inter, Roma and Lazio all failed to win today. Gigi Buffon, Miralem Pjanic, Mattia De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado and Benedikt Howedes missed out, but Paulo Dybala returned after three Serie A rounds on the bench in a new trequartista role. Hellas had to do without Alessio Cerci, Mohamed Fares, Samuel Souprayen, Matteo Bianchetti and Mattia Zaccagni, but started Juventus-owned teenage striker Moise Kean.

Hellas were unbeaten in their last three home games against Juventus with one win and two draws. The most recent Bianconeri victory here was 1-0 in April 2007, but that was in Serie B.

Medhi Benatia's header was over the bar from a corner and Juve broke through within six minutes. Gonzalo Higuain's strike cannoned off the upright and into the path of Blaise Matuidi who, despite shinning the shot, got it into the far bottom corner.

That goal set a new all-time Serie A record, as for the 23rd away game in a row, Juventus found the back of the net. The previous record also belonged to Juve of 22 from 2013 to 2014.

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