Preview - Juventus vs Sassuolo 4th Feb 2018

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Match Day 23
Juventus vs Sassuolo
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
10:00 pm
Stadium: Juventus Stadium (Turin)

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala (14)

Last five matches form: L D L D W
Average goals per match: 0.6
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Alessandro Matri (3)

On paper, Juventus seem to have all three points in the bag. Massimo Allegri's team are undefeated in their last 6 matches, having won five and drawn one. Sassuolo on the other hand, have seen better days; they have only one win in their last six matches.

Juventus trail Napoli by a single point after 22 games. The Bianconeri are still confident that they can make it seven Serie A championships in a row at the end of this season. Look Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, the deadly Argentine duo, to create havoc for Sassuolo this weekend.

Sassuolo are struggling this season. After defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in December, they have lost two matches and only managed to draw the other two. Sassuolo took a risk in the January transfer window by sending Diego Falcinelli to Fiorentina for Khouma Babacar. The Neroverdi hope the Senegalese forward will bring plenty of goals to the MAPEI stadium. They also brought in Mauricio Lemos from UD Las Palmas to fortify their defense.

Sassuolo do have a magnificent player in Domenico Berardi. At the young age of 23, Berardi has already scored 56 goals in Serie A and put on several giant killing performances. However, the young Italian has only managed to score 2 goals in 16 matches this year. Berardi has unquestionable talent, look for him to right his ship and begin to dazzle fans once more. He has a knack of showing up for big names, so Juventus should be wary of him.

Prediction: Juventus 2-0 Sassuolo


Juventus had a walk in the park, defeating Sassuolo 7 goals to 0.

Juve came out flying. A long range shot by Sami Khedira was saved and resulted in a corner. Miralem Pjanic swung the corner in but it was not cleared properly by the Sassuolo defenders. After bouncing off a cluster of players the ball landed at Alex Sandro's feet. The Brazilian ripped a shot into the back of the net. 1-0 Juve in the 9th minute.

The rest of the half was all Juve. Another corner in the 24th minute resulted in Alex Sandro turning an assist to Sami Khedira. The German only had to tap the ball in to make the score 2-0.

Khedira got a brace in the 27th minute when he was put through on goal by a sublime Pjanic pass. Khedira did not miss his on one opportunity with the goalkeeper and slotted home a left footed shot.

Pjanic pounced on a poor clearance from Mauricio Lemos at the top of the box and rifled a right footed missile that the goalkeeper could do nothing about. Great performance by the Bosnian magician. Juve would take a 4-0 score line into the half.

In the 63rd minute Gonzalo Higuain would join the goal scoring party. Federico Bernardeschi, getting a rare start, passed the ball to the Argentine who then placed the ball into the bottom corner for Juve's 5th goal.

Higuain would get his second goal in the 74th minute after dancing past a couple of opposing defenders and finishing from a difficult angle. 6-0 Juve. Sassuolo was just going through the motions at this point.

Finally, Higuain scored his hat trick in the 83rd minute when he was sent through on goal by Bernardeschi. One on one with the goalkeeper, the Argentinian lobbed the ball into the goal. Killer finish by Gonzalo.

The good news for Sassuolo is that they still remain 5 points above the relegation zone. They're safe for now but must get some positive results in the future in order to remain in Serie A.

Juventus are now temporarily first, eagerly awaiting to see what Napoli do later tonight. If Napoli drop points, Juventus will be in sole possession of first place.

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