Thiago Motta faces the biggest test of his fledgling managerial career when Genoa visit Serie A leaders Juventus. The 37-year-old replaced Aurelio Andreazzoli after the veteran’s dismal start to the campaign and got off to the perfect start with a 3-1 win against Brescia, a result that lifted the Grifone out of the bottom three.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 30 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Genoa: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Genoa stunned Juventus back in March as former Bianconero Stefano Sturaro and Goran Pandev got the goals.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Federico Bernardeschi to score first||5/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||11/2||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-1||8/1||Offer|
Juventus v Genoa Predictions and Preview
Juventus were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by promoted outfit Lecce in the previous gameweek. Maurizio Sarri gave a breather to Cristiano Ronaldo, as Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain forged an all-Argentine frontline and it was the number 10 who got on the scoresheet for the champions.
Juventus struggled in the absence of their fatigued talisman, and Ronaldo is likely to go straight back in to the side at the expense of one of the South American forwards. The 34-year-old, who is enjoying his football under the former Chelsea boss, is 2/1 to open proceedings and 15/8 to bag a brace.
Meanwhile, Dybala, who has five goal contributions to his name despite largely featuring from the bench, is 4/5 to net anytime, and still has some way to go before dislodging Higuain from the starting eleven. The Bianconeri are 2/7 to avenge the shock outcome from last term.
In the opposing camp, Genoa will take inspiration from Lecce’s battling performance. The Grifone were transformed in Motta’s first game in the dugout and the Italian-Brazilian also made history as the first Serie A coach to see all three substitutes score.
Motta was modest post-match and quick to heap praise on to his players as Kevin Agudelo, Pandev and Christian Kouame sparked a thrilling second-half comeback.
The gloom has quickly lifted in Liguria and there should be enough in the ranks for Genoa to achieve a midtable finish. The visitors are an attractive 14/1 to claim a second successive win and 17/4 to pick up a point.
One to watch for Juventus: Miralem Pjanic has already popped up with three valuable goals this campaign and is 13/2 to find the net last.
One to watch for Genoa: On-loan Andrea Pinamonti has been earmarked as one for the future by Italy CT Roberto Mancini and will be eager to impress his employers. The Inter owned starlet is 12/1 in the same final scorer market.
Long shot: Genoa have shipped 21 goals, three more than rock bottom Sampdoria and can ill-afford any lapses of concentration if they are to take anything from the duel. However, there is hope, as Juventus surprisingly struggle to break down the so-called lesser sides and a 1-1 stalemate is 9/1.