Following Sunday night’s Derby d’Italia draw, Juventus return to Serie A action on Wednesday evening as they welcome Sassuolo to the Allianz Stadium.
Paulo Dybala’s late penalty snatched the Bianconeri a point against Inter Milan on the weekend to extend their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions. Massimiliano Allegri’s side are up to sixth in Serie A, although Napoli and AC Milan are striding away at the summit. Juventus are already ten points adrift of the league leaders.
Sassuolo, meanwhile, picked up a pivotal win against Venezia on Saturday. It was just their third win of the campaign as they head into Wednesday’s bout 13th in the table.
Despite their slow start and the exit of Roberto De Zerbi, the Neroverdi remain a tactically proficient outfit under Alessio Dionisi and they are due a statement victory under their new boss. The likes of Gianluca Scamacca and Giacomo Raspadori will be keen to impress, while Davide Frattesi is Italy’s next midfield star.
Here’s our preview of Wednesday’s Serie A clash.
How to Watch Juventus vs Sassuolo
When is kick-off? Wednesday 27 October
What time is kick-off? 17:30 (BST)
Where is it played? Allianz Stadium
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport 1 (UK), Paramount+ (US)
Juventus Team News
Max Allegri is expected to rotate amid a hectic run of fixtures for the Bianconeri.
Mattia Perin could make his second start of the season in goal, while Daniele Rugani is in contention to start alongside Matthijs de Ligt in defence. It would be the Italian’s first start of the 2021/22 campaign.
Arthur Melo should start in midfield, while Paulo Dybala and Federico Chiesa are sure bets to return to the starting XI following their influential cameos off the bench in the Derby d’Italia.
Sassuolo Team News
Alessio Dionisi is likely to deploy a 4-2-3-1 with the personnel he has available for Wednesday’s trip to Turin.
Filip Djuricic could miss out with a muscular injury with Jeremie Boga potentially replacing him in the starting XI. Boga missed the Venezia victory due to illness. Thus, Boga, Traore and Domenico Berardi could make up the triumvirate behind striker Gianluca Scamacca.
Juventus: Perin; Danilo, De Ligt, Rugani, De Sciglio; Cuadrado, Arthur, Locatelli, Chiesa; Dybala, Morata.
Sassuolo: Consigli; Toljan, Chiriches, Ferrari, Rogerio; Frattesi, Lopez; Berardi, Raspadori, Boga; Scamacca
Juventus’ Recent Form
Inter Milan 1-1 Juventus (24/10) – Serie A
Zenit 0-1 Juventus (20/10) – Champions League
Juventus 1-0 AS Roma (17/10) – Serie A
Juventus 2-1 Alessandria (09/10) – Friendly
Torino 0-1 Juventus – Serie A
Sassuolo’s Recent Form
Sassuolo 3-1 Venezia (23/10) – Serie A
Genoa 2-2 Sassuolo (17/10) – Serie A
Sassuolo 1-2 Inter Milan (02/10) – Serie A
Sassuolo 1-0 Salernitana (26/09) – Serie A
Atalanta 2-1 Sassuolo (21/09) – Serie A
The underlying figures suggest Sassuolo have been better than their current 11-point haul after nine games. They remain an intriguing tactical proposition under the tutelage of talented young coach Alessio Dionisi and Allegri must devise a plan to slow the visitors down.
Sassuolo’s build-up is flexible and fantastic, so I expect Allegri to deploy his typical 4-4-2 mid-block to ensure his side’s compactness isn’t compromised. The Bianconeri can ill-afford to surrender space to the likes of Jeremie Boga and Domenico Berardi in transition.
Then, the hosts will look to take advantage of the enterprising and expansive visitors on the counter-attack. Sassuolo have talent going forward and I expect them to get on the scoresheet against a rotated Juventus defence, but the hosts’ superstar attackers should thrust the Bianconeri over the line. I’m expecting a big performance from a fired-up Federico Chiesa on Wednesday evening.
Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Sassuolo