Juventus will be looking to bounce back after two consecutive defeats on Saturday when they welcome Fiorentina at the Allianz Stadium. This will be another tricky fixture for Max Allegri’s men, as they have already lost twice at home this term, while La Viola trashed the Bianconeri 3-0 in their last visit in Turin.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 6 November, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Juventus v Fiorentina: BT Sport
Last time: Dusan Vlahovic gave Fiorentina the lead from a penalty kick before Alvaro Morata equalized for Juventus in the last meeting between those teams back in April. The game took place at the Artemio Franchi and finished 1-1.
Juventus v Fiorentina Predictions and Preview
Juventus returned to winning ways on Tuesday evening when they beat Zenit St Petersburg 4-2 in their Champions League Group H clash. Unlike in Serie A, the Bianconeri have been extremely dominant in Europe and became the first team alongside Bayern Munich to book their place for the knockout stage.
Massimiliano Allegri changed all of his midfielders in comparison to the 2-1 defeat against Verona from the weekend, as his side looked dreadful against I Gialloblu. There were positive signs against the Russian giants, as Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala looked sharp and both got on the scoresheet, with the Argentinian scoring a brace. Alvaro Morata missed a couple of sitters, but also found the back of the net, so his confidence should go up as well.
The game against Zenit was Juve’s best performance in a while and definitely an improvement in comparison to the defeats against Verona and Sassuolo. However, the Turin giants still conceded twice and looked much more vulnerable after Adrien Rabiot and Daniele Rugani were subbed in, so Allegri should think twice before including any of them in the starting XI against Fiorentina.
Prior to the win over the Russians, the Bianconeri had won only two of their last five games and had failed to score more than one goal per game during that stretch. At the same time, Juventus had won only two of their five home games in Serie A this term, with their last game in Turin being a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Sassuolo,
Fiorentina trashed Juventus 3-0 when they travelled to the Allianz Stadium last term and they also held Andrea Pirlo’s side to a 1-1 draw at Artemio Franchi. All this should give La Viola even more confidence, as the side has been performing well under VIncenzo Italiano and is currently seventh with 18 points, three more than La Vecchia Signora.
Despite the obvious improvement, Fiorentina’s results haven’t been great recently, as Italiano’s men won only two of their last five games. One of those was an impressive 3-0 win over Spezia during the weekend that saw Dusan Vlahovic getting a hattrick, that increased his seasonal tally to eight goals.
Despite their poor form, the Bianconeri are 8/13 favourites in this Juventus vs Fiorentina preview. However, Fiorentina definitely have the means to earn a second consecutive win in Turin and a victory for the visitors can be backed up at 9/2, while the draw is priced at 3/1.
One to watch for Juventus: Paulo Dybala was on fire in the 4-2 win overZenit St. Petersburg midweek, scoring a brace that took his overall tally to six goals in 10 appearances in all competitions. The Argentinian has only one goal against Fiorentina in his career and will be eager to change that on Saturday and is 9/2 to score the opener.
One to watch for Fiorentina: Dusan Vlahovic’s contract situation might not be ideal, but this has barely affected his form. The Serbian has eight goals in 11 Serie A appearances, while he also broke the deadlock in his last two outings against Juventus. Vlahovic is 13/2 to do the same on Saturday, so keep an eye on him in the first scorer market.
Long shot: The last meeting at Artemio Franchi between those teams was a 1-1 draw. A repeat of that result is available at 13/2 and it raises to 56/1 if you pair this with Dusan Vlahovic to score the opener.