Juventus will be expected to put Serie A relegation candidates Brescia to the sword this weekend after their shock defeat away at Verona. The Bianconeri remain top of the table due to their superior head-to-head record with Inter, but will be smarting from the manner of the defeat. Meanwhile, the visiting Rondinelle are six points from safety.
Where and when: Juventus Stadium, Turin – 16 February, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Brescia: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Alfredo Donnarumma gave Brescia a shock lead before Jhon Chancellor put through his own net to level it up on the stroke of half-time. The Bianconeri took control after the break and their efforts were rewarded as Miralem Pjanic settled the contest.
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Juventus v Brescia Predictions and Preview
Juventus were blasted by boss Maurizio Sarri as Verona celebrated a memorable 2-1 victory. The former Napoli tactician was not impressed with his players’ attitude and did not hold back in his post-match press conference.
The rumour mill immediately went in to overdrive with reports linking former Coach Max Allegri with a return to the dugout, though it remains to be seen if Allegri would rejoin the Turin giants, particularly as he has publicly made it known he wants to manage in England.
Nevertheless, the call for change will only intensify further if Sarri fails to get a tune out of his star-studded squad over the next month.
Sarri will be without Diego Costa after the Brazilian limped off against the Gialloblu. The speedster lined up on the right flank and as the Bianconeri’s only orthodox winger, his absence is likely to see the hosts revert to a 4-3-1-2 formation.
Cristiano Ronaldo will take his place in the side and the forward’s goals have arguably kept the home squad in title contention. The Portuguese has 20 league efforts to his name and is well on course to break the 30-mark at his current scoring rate.
Travelling squad Brescia are without a win since mid-December. Le Rondinelle desperately need to put a run together if they are to avoid the drop but face their toughest challenge yet. Diego Lopez’ troops are 18/1 to emerge triumphant and 6/1 to earn a valuable draw.
One to watch for Juventus: Juan Cuadrado is 5/1 to score anytime and will have licence to get forward from right-back. The Colombian is a winger by trade and should see plenty of the ball against a side devoid of confidence.
One to watch: Mario Balotelli’s talent has never been in doubt and his boyhood club’s plight will hurt him. The 29-year-old is 14/1 to hit the last effort of the clash.
Long shot: Only rock bottom SPAL have conceded more goals than Brescia and it promises to be a long afternoon for the strugglers after a week of contemplation for Juventus. A 4-0 success for Sarri’s men is 11/1.