Preview - Chievo Verona vs Juventus 19 August 18

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Aug 18, 2018, 12:05 AM Last Edit: Aug 18, 2018, 12:22 AM by Harry85
Match Day 1
Chievo Verona vs Juventus
Sunday, August 19th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi

Chievo Verona: 
Last five matches form: L L W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.95
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.55
Top Scorer 17/18: Mariusz Stepinski (5)

Last five matches form: L W W D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.26
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.63
Top Scorer 17/18: Paolo Dybala (22)

Serie A is back with a bang this coming weekend and it is the defending Champions Juventus who kick off the action with this trip to Chievo.

Juventus were so impressive at times last season that it was difficult to see how they could be improved significantly. One way to give the squad a boost though is to sign the player who may very well be the best on the planet. Cristiano Ronaldo would likely agree with that statement and it is he who will be the centre of attention here as he makes his debut in the Italian League.

Chievo looked to be in serious trouble for the majority of last season, only to finish with a real flourish - winning each of their last three games - to finish five points clear of the bottom three in the end. They will be hoping to avoid such a desperate situation this time around, but could hardly have been handed a tougher opener.

With very few incomings over the summer, any improvement at Chievo will need to come either from a more efficient system, or simply that the players become a more integrated unit.

Mehdi Benatia and Mattia De Sciglio are doubts for Juventus, whilst Leanardo Spinazzola definitely misses out.

Juventus won this 2-0 last season but the addition of Ronaldo is generally worth around a goal a game. This ought to be a comfortable away win.

Prediction: Chievo Verona 0 - 3 Juventus


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  6 - 22
Shots on target: 2 - 11
Corner Kicks: 0 - 8
Possession: 30% - 70%

Two bookings in this one with referee Fabrizio Pasqua taking the names of Chievo's Ivan Radovanovic and Nenad Tomovic.

All the stats were as we would expect here. All bar the final score that is, for whilst Juventus did ultimately claim all three points, they did leave it very, very late.

It could hardly have started better for Juventus. A free kick from the right being fired towards the back post and following something of a scramble falling kindly for Sami Khedira to smash home in just the third minute.

Juventus really were pouring on the pressure in the opening stages, but credit to Chievo in that they didn't fold.

Then after 38 minutes the home side were on level terms. A pretty simple goal too. Emanuele Giaccherini crossing from the left to find the head of Mariusz Strepinski, who in turn found the top corner. 1-1 at the break.

It was Chievo who took the lead next. Joao Cancelo bringing down Giaccherini just inside the area and Giaccherini himself stepping up to fire home into the left-hand side of the goal. 2-1 Chievo!

All Juve from there on in as Chievo tried desperately to cling on. Despite some valiant defending the home side were finally undone in the 75th minute. A corner from the right causing havoc and eventually going in off Mattia Bani for an own goal.

And then to the late, late drama. Juve had already had an effort chalked off by the time the 92nd minute arrived, no matter though as when Alex Sandro drove in a low ball from the left it found Federico Bernardeschi arriving to provide the winner.

Far from straightforward for the defending champions then, but a winning start to the CR7 era nonetheless.

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