It doesn’t get any easier for Genoa with Serie A holders Juventus next up for the beleaguered hosts. The Grifone have won just one of their first 10 fixtures and only rock bottom Crotone have lost more. Sporting director Daniele Faggiano lasted just four months in the job and the lack of stability on and off the pitch could finally prove fatal.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 13 December, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Genoa vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Andrea Pinamonti got a late consolation after efforts from Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa.
Genoa v Juventus Predictions and Preview
There was real surprise when Davide Nicola departed Genoa after steering the club to safety on the final day of the 2019-20 season and his successor was an underwhelming appointment. Rolando Maran was last in a dugout at Cagliari but was dismissed after a run of 12 fixtures without a win. The journeyman tactician is similarly on the brink at the Rossoblu.
There is plenty of pedigree in the ranks with Mattia Perin, Domenico Criscito, Goran Pandev, Andrea Masiello and Valon Behrami all committed to the cause, while Gianluca Scamacca has been a revelation since joining on loan from Sassuolo.
The young striker hit six from his first nine appearances and has caught the eye of Roma, Milan and national boss Roberto Mancini. Scamacca is 7/2 to net anytime and the Grifone are 8/1 to pull off a shock. A draw is 15/4.
Juventus came from behind to beat neighbours Torino in the previous gameweek. The Bianconeri secured victory and bragging rights courtesy of unlikely heroes Weston McKennie and Leonardo Bonucci and reduced the deficit to leaders Milan to six points.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Juventus to win 2-0||11/2||Offer|
|Genoa to score first||3/1||Offer|
|Adrien Rabiot to score anytime||9/2||Offer|
The Scudetto holders have yet to hit their best form but will be in contention for domestic and European honours if Ronaldo stays fit for the remainder of the campaign. The Portuguese legend has eight league strikes to his name, and will relish the battle with fellow veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Capocannoniere prize.
The 35-year-old is 21/10 to open proceedings and will feature through the middle in the absence of strike partner Alvaro Morata. The returning fan favourite is serving the second of a two-match ban following his dismissal away at Benevento and Dybala is likely to deputise.
The South American has reportedly been offered to a number of Premier League outfits and is battling to rescue his Juventus future with Morata flourishing in his second spell in Turin. Nevertheless, Dybala will be afforded an opportunity to remind Pirlo of his quality and is 11/10 to register anytime.
One to watch for Genoa: The Ligurians invested €8m in Eldor Shomurodov and the Uzbek will act as a foil for Scamacca. The Rostov recruit is 12/1 to bag last.
One to watch for Juventus: The champions are likely to bombard the Grifone rearguard and Matthijs de Ligt will threaten at set-pieces. The big Dutchman chipped in with four goals last year and is 6/1 to notch anytime.
Long shot: Genoa showed good spirit away at Fiorentina on Monday and were unfortunate not to get the better of Cesare Prandelli’s troops. The Grifone will have watched a stubborn Benevento hold Juventus, and the Granata take the lead in the Derby della Mole, and if they can take something from the encounter it could finally kick-start their season. A 1-1 outcome is 17/2.