Middling Serie A outfit Chievo face reigning champions Juventus on Saturday evening fully aware their cushion from the drop zone is fading by the week.
Elsewhere, the visitors are still playing catch up to leaders Napoli and will be expected to punish any slip up from Maurizio Sarri’s great entertainers.
Where and when: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi – Saturday 27 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Chievo vs. Juventus: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Veteran Sergio Pleasure replied for the hosts after Mario Mandzukic’s strike before Miralem Pjanic secured the points in a 2-1 triumph.
Chievo v Juventus Predictions and Preview
The Bianconeri may be stuck in second but remain favourites to ultimately record a seventh straight league title. Still, Max Allegri will have noted the Partenopei’s resilient win last weekend against a club they often struggle against.
The 2-0 success against Atalanta was more than just the three points at stake as demonstrated by the players at the final whistle. This was potentially a defining performance that could have huge ramifications for the landscape of Italian football as the table begins to take shape.
Nevertheless, Juventus are too experienced to worry and its business as usual for the Scudetto holders. With European duties on the horizon, Allegri has decisions to make and Federico Bernardeschi will hope he can return to the line-up.
The Italian was afforded a rare start in the recent contest with Cagliari and took his chance with both hands. Bernardeschi scored the showdown’s only goal and has earned a longer spell in the starting eleven. Consequently, the wide man is 14/1 to net anytime and continue a nice run of form. The Bianconeri are heavy favourites at evens and Gonzalo Higuain will relish the opportunity to add to his personal haul for the campaign.
Home team Chievo hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons late in December. Rolando Maran’s troops were a unique part of history as division minnows Benevento recorded their first ever win in the top flight. The Gialloblu lost the encounter 1-0 and need to offer more if they are to avoid a relegation dogfight. Chievo are 19/1 to clinch an unlikely win on the night.
One to watch for Chievo: Roberto Inglese has seven strikes to his name this term and is his side’s danger man. The forward is 12/1 to open proceedings.
One to watch for Juventus: Paulo Dybala is the Bianconeri’s leading marksman this year despite a spell on the substitutes bench. The Argentine is 5/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Chievo have only won one of the last eight meetings between the sides, sparking an upset in the 2009-10 season. The Verona based outfit may have the odds heavily stacked against them but have already held free scoring Napoli and Roma on home soil this season, proving they can shut out the very best. A 2-0 victory is priced at 40/1.