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Match Day 4
Juventus vs Sassuolo
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Last five matches form: D W W W 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)

Last five matches form: W L W D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.76
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.55
Top Scorer 17/18: Matteo Politano (10)

Juventus continue the latest defence of their Serie A crown on Match Day 4 as they welcome second placed Sassuolo to the Allianz Stadium.

Three games and no goals so far for Cristiano Ronaldo. A record he won't be happy with given the lofty standards he sets himself. It hasn't stopped Juventus though, who have won all three games despite not looking quite at their brilliant best just yet.

Sassuolo will be keen to avoid a repeat of the result in this fixture last season when they were simply blown away, going down 7-0 in the end. With Juventus also winning 3-1 in the away fixture, the visitors will likely be approaching this game with a little trepidation.

Just the one injury for each side in this one. Leonardo Spinazzola missing out for Juventus and Federico Peluso on the injured list of the visitors.

We would be quite worried for Sassuolo here. They have adopted a relatively attacking approach so far this season - winning 5-3 against Genoa last time out - but that may prove a recipe for disaster against one of the best defensive sides in the game. Juventus have an abundance of pace in the side now and can be expected to ruthlessly exploit any space the visitors leave at the back. We see Juventus turning on the style in this one.

Prediction: Juventus 5 - 0 Sassuolo


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  16 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 10 - 4
Possession: 49% - 51%

Joao Cancelo and Alex Sandro were booked for Juventus, who also had Douglas Costa shown a straight red card in stoppage time at the end of the game. Sassuolo's Filip Djuricic, Domenico Berardi and Medi Bourabia also had their names taken by referee Daniele Chiffi.

This was a bold showing from Sassuolo who - for all that they lost in the end - should really view this as a continuation of their excellent start to the season. Ahead in possession and level in shots on target, they can come away from Allianz Stadium with their heads held high.

The closest Juventus came in the first half was via Sassuolo defender Pol Lirola, who when attempting to clear a cross from the right ended up forcing an excellent save from his own keeper. 0-0 at the break.

Then in the 50th minute came the moment Juventus fans and the man himself had been waiting for. A Paolo Dybala corner from the right causing chaos in the area and eventually deflecting off the far post and back across goal. Cristiano Ronaldo ready and waiting to tap in.

Having waited 320 minutes to score his first goal in a Juventus shirt, Ronaldo had to wait just 15 for his second. Played in towards the left corner of the box by Emre Can, he made no mistake to fire low into the bottom right corner.

Sassuolo got a goal back in the 91st minute. Cristian Dell'Orco's centre from the left being met with a downward header into the bottom corner from Khouma Babacar.

Too late though, and this was Ronaldo's day.

Juventus haven't exactly lit up the league with their performances to date, but they nevertheless move to a perfect four wins from four games.

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