Serie A leaders Juventus host midtable Bologna as domestic duties resume after the international break. The Bianconeri were trailing Inter since the opening day of the campaign but took their place at the top of the table after their 2-1 victory in Milan. The visitors are without a win in four games.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 19 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Bologna: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Paulo Dybala scored the only goal of the game when the sides last met in February.
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Juventus v Bologna Predictions and Preview
Champions Juventus asserted their dominance over the division with a deserved triumph against the Nerazzurri.
Maurizio Sarri’s men were worthy winners on the night and Inter, while impressive under the guidance of Antonio Conte, still have some way to go before they overtake the Bianconeri as Italy’s top club.
Sarri went with a 4-3-1-2 formation which appears his favoured setup with Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi partnering Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.
The Argentine opened proceedings, before compatriot Gonzalo Higuain sealed the spoils for Juventus and the former Chelsea boss has a welcome selection dilemma on his hands. Sarri is reluctant to field a Ronaldo, Higuain and Dybala triumvirate with Aaron Ramsey likely to feature behind two forwards.
The Welshman is getting to grips with life in Turin after moving from Arsenal and his dynamism offers the Bianconeri something different from midfield. Ramsey is 7/4 to net anytime, while Dybala is 13/10 in the same market.
Higuain reportedly has the edge in the race to partner Ronaldo and is 11/2 to register first. Meanwhile, Ronaldo, fresh from claiming his 700th career goal, is 21/10 to bag first and 11/5 to hit two or more. Juventus are 1/3 to clinch all three points.
Visitors Bologna have struggled in recent weeks. The Rossoblu have a number of forwards in Federico Santander, Nicola Sansone, Mattia Destro, Rodrigo Palacio and Ladislav Krejčí but no striking combination has developed from the quintet.
One to watch for Juventus: Blaise Matuidi was expected to be moved on in the summer but has become one of Sarri’s most trusted performers. The Frenchman knows his role, and is 14/1 to score last.
One to watch for Bologna: Riccardo Orsolini joined Bologna on a permanent deal from Juventus in June after a successful loan spell last term. The talented winger hit double figures in the 2018-19 campaign and is 14/1 in the same final goalscorer betting.
Long shot: Bologna have only lost two games, the same haul as fourth place Napoli, and conceded less than the Partenopei from the first seven rounds of action. However, if results go against them, the Rossoblu could find themselves in, or just above the relegation zone and the bluntness in attack needs addressing. A 3-1 success for the hosts is 10/1.