Ace Football previews the Serie A match between Juventus and Hellas Verona, and offers the latest betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
The final Serie A fixture on Sunday night will see reigning champions Juventus welcome Hellas Verona to the Allianz Stadium for their fifth match of the 2020/21 campaign.
Both sides are separated by a mere point in the league standings, with Juventus occupying a surprise seventh on eight points. Verona, on the other hand, sit a place below their Turin hosts ahead of the showdown.
The visitors are, by no means, to be underestimated in this one, having defeated the Bianconeri 2-1 in their previous meeting. That, on top of Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued absence, may spark hope of a shock result.
Juventus Form & Stats
Andrea Pirlo is unbeaten in his opening five games in charge, winning three and drawing the other two. It’s a decent start by all accounts. Even though it’s nothing spectacular, with Juventus already trailing runaway league leaders AC Milan by four points.
Last weekend’s 1-1 draw away to Crotone, in particular, was disappointing for the Bianconeri. But they bounced back by overseeing a 2-0 victory away to Dynamo Kyiv in their midweek Champions League group stage opener.
A repeat performance in Turin will be necessary as Juventus look to make up on the lost ground to AC Milan. The league leaders have won all their four games and will be in action against Roma on Monday. Therefore, the Old Lady cannot afford any slip-ups.
Unfortunately, though, Ronaldo is still in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 again. Although Alvaro Morata’s two goals in Ukraine could offer Juve hope of filling the void left by their star forward.
Key Team Stats
- Won five of their last six home games in all competitions.
- Won their last 14 home league games against Hellas Verona.
- Alvaro Morata has scored three goals in his last two games in all competitions.
- Scored at least two goals in 14 of their last 15 home league games.
Hellas Verona Form & Stats
Ivan Juric’s side, meanwhile, have proved themselves to be no slouches upon a promising start to the 2020/21 campaign, with seven points and a top-10 spot to their name in the opening four games.
The visitors are, however, winless in their last 12 away games in the Serie A (D7 L5). It’s their worst run on the road since 2016. However, they held heavyweights like AC Milan and Lazio to draws in this period.
Moreover, Verona have conceded the fewest goals in the Serie A this season on a single goal alongside leaders Milan. Not bad, right? A tally of just four goals scored, though, is a tad concerning. It suggests if Juve go a goal up, the Gialloblu will be hard pushed to get back into the game.
The club’s lack of attacking threat was exposed somewhat in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with a coronavirus-stricken Genoa. Despite home advantage, they couldn’t break the deadlock after 18 shots thanks to on-loan Juve keeper Mattia Perin’s brilliance.
Although, with summer signing Nikola Kalinic’s brilliant record against Juventus, Verona will fancy getting in among the goals on Sunday.
Key Team Stats
- Nikola Kalinic has scored four goals in seven games against Juventus in all competitions.
- Scored in their last five league games against Juventus.
- Lost three of their last four away league games (D1).
- Winless in their last 12 away league games (D7 L5).
Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo, Weston McKennie, Federico Chiesa, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro, & Matthijs de Ligt (all out).
Verona: Koray Gunter, Marco Benassi, Antonin Barak, Giangiacomo Magnani, & Miguel Veloso.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)