Fifth meets sixth as Serie A holders Juventus welcome Sassuolo. The Bianconeri trail Milan by 10 points but will still be confident of closing the gap, and, indeed, taking their place at the top of the table as the business end of the season approaches. In the opposing camp, a Europa League berth remains the objective.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 10 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Sassuolo: Premier Sports 2
Last time: The sides shared six goals and eight yellow cards in the lively July contest.
Juventus v Sassuolo Predictions and Preview
Andrea Pirlo is keen to bring in winter reinforcements as Juventus battle on multiple fronts. The Bianconeri could play in excess of 35 games between now and May if they reach the latter stages of the Coppa Italia and Champions League, and the Turin giants have been linked to a host of strikers.
Veteran duo Fabio Quagliarella and Olivier Giroud fit the bill of understudy to Alvaro Morata, while Memphis Depay represents a shrewd, cut price option.
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The Portugal skipper is only 17 away from a century of goals for the Bianconeri and the milestone target is certainly achievable before the end of the term. Juventus are 2/5 to emerge triumphant in what should be an exciting contest.
Elsewhere, Filip Djuricic will return to the matchday squad. The Serbian was dropped by Roberto De Zerbi for the trip to Atalanta and the manager has a big decision to make after Hamed Traore’s performance in the 3-2 success over Sampdoria.
The Neroverdi number 23 opened the scoring and linked up with well with mainstays Domenico Berardi and Jeremie Boga in a three off Francesco Caputo. Traore is likely to be introduced after the break and is 11/4 to bag anytime.
Colleague Berardi is battling it out with Lorenzo Insigne and weekend opponents Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi for an Azzurri spot. The left footer has better statistics than his compatriots and has the ability to star internationally and on the European club stage.
Berardi is 9/2 to register first and Caputo can be found at 21/5. The Altamura native has netted 27 times from his last 45 appearances and will also be in the Roberto Mancini’s 23-man party this summer. Boga is 12/5 to score anytime and Sassuolo are 13/2 to get the win. A draw is 18/5.
One to watch for Juventus Chiesa is really beginning to shine in a Bianconeri jersey and his ability to play on either flank is a big bonus for Pirlo. The ex-Fiorentina winger is 14/5 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Sassuolo: Manuel Locatelli is on the Bianconeri’s shopping list but will be staying put in January. The talented midfielder is 6/1 to bag anytime.
Long shot: Sassuolo largely have an Italian core running through the starting eleven and De Zerbi has won plenty of admirers in the homeland. The young tactician has revived the career of Berardi, helped Caputo catch the eye of Mancini and developed Locatelli in to a €40m player. There will be plenty of chances at both ends of the pitch and a repeat of the July scoreline is 66/1.