Bologna visit a wounded Juventus at the halfway stage of the Serie A campaign. The Bianconeri were humbled by Inter in the previous gameweek and have a lot of work to do if they are to get back in the title race. Elsewhere, Siniša Mihajlović’s troops pulled away from the drop zone after a priceless victory over Verona on Matchday 18.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 24 January, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Juventus vs. Bologna: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala were on the scoresheet.
Juventus v Bologna Predictions and Preview
The Scudetto holders are still without three members of the regular back five. Alex Sandro, Juan Cuadrado and Matthijs de Ligt have all contracted COVID-19 and were sorely missed during the Derby d’Italia. Merih Demiral and Dybala are also on the sidelines and Pirlo, who was already in need of reinforcements this month, has a major selection crisis on his hands.
Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey are likely to drop to the substitutes bench with Weston McKennie and Dejan Kulusevski coming in. The talented Swede was unlucky not to start at Giuseppe Meazza after his dazzling performance in the Coppa Italia at home to Genoa and is 13/2 to break the deadlock.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|McKennie to score anytime||3/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||15/2||Offer|
|Under 3.5 goals||4/7||Offer|
Fellow winger Federico Chiesa has shone in recent weeks and only Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata have netted more for the Bianconeri since his arrival from Fiorentina. The Azzurri ace is 13/10 to bag anytime and will be a mainstay for club and country for the next decade.
Leading marksman Ronaldo is 11/5 to open proceedings. The Portugal skipper leads the goalscoring standings ahead of Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ciro Immobile and the Capocannoniere prize is one he is desperate to scoop. Juventus are 4/11 to claim the three points.
In the opposing camp, Roberto Soriano and Riccardo Orsolini will be tasked with troubling Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. German born Soriano is in the form of his life and is back in Roberto Mancini’s Italy setup.
The ex-Torino and Sampdoria midfielder has scored six and laid off four assists for his team-mates and is 6/1 to register anytime. Compatriot Orsolini is also in contention for a place at this summer’s European Championship and is 7/2 in the same market. The Rossoblu are 8/1 to pile the pressure on Juventus and a stalemate is 15/4.
One to watch for Juventus: With Alex Sandro and Cuadrado unavailable, Federico Bernardeschi has been given another opportunity to prove his worth to Pirlo and save his Bianconeri career. The left footer is 6/4 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Bologna: Musa Barrow averaged one in two last term and his loan from Atalanta was quickly made permanent. The Gambian international has six goal involvements in 2020-21 and is 9/1 to hit the final effort.
Long shot: Pirlo will expect his squad to bounce back in spectacular fashion and Juventus can ill-afford any more slip-ups, particularly with Inter out of Europe altogether and focused solely on the championship. The Bianconeri have won the last nine fixtures between the sides in all competitions and a 4-1 outcome is 18/1.