Serie A leaders Juventus are looking to keep up their astonishing run of good form as they host Sassuolo at the Allianz Stadium this weekend. The Old Lady also have a superb record against their visitors on Sunday, with another home win expected to be on the cards.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 1 December, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Juventus vs. Sassuolo: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Sami Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo and Emre Can were all on target as Juve beat Sassuolo 3-0 at the Mapei Stadium in February.
Juventus v Sassuolo Predictions and Preview
These two clubs have played each other 12 times since 2013. Juventus have emerged victorious on 10 occasions, with Sassuolo managing just the one win against the Old Lady back in 2015. Juve have won all seven of the meetings since, including a 7-0 demolition job the season before last.
Unbeaten in 18 fixtures in all competitions this season, winning all but three of those and each of their last six, Juve are absolutely on fire right now. The Bianconeri’s 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night ensured their safe passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners, and also took them to 13 wins in their last 14 matches.
Sassuolo on the other hand have only won one of their last four, a 2-1 victory at home to Bologna. With seven defeats in their 12 Serie A fixtures so far this term, Roberto De Zerbi’s side are down in 14th and just three points above the relegation zone. That’s hardly the kind of form you want to be taking to face the champions in Turin.
The Neroverdi are set to be without top scorer Domenico Berardi, Gregoire Defrel and Vlad Chiriches for this difficult assignment, although the visitors could welcome back Gianmarco Ferrari and Rogerio to the side. Maurizio Sarri meanwhile should have Cristiano Ronaldo available after the Portuguese forward missed last weekend’s trip to Atalanta, before returning in the Champions League in midweek.
Douglas Costa and Giorgio Chiellini are still sidelined though, while Alex Sandro and Adrien Rabiot are expected to miss out. Marko Pjaca and Matia Perin should be fit, although even if they, and indeed Ronaldo, don’t play, Juve should still have more than enough to get the win. The hosts are the 2/7 favourites to take the three points this weekend, while Sassuolo are 11/1 and the draw is 26/5.
One to watch for Juventus: Paulo Dybala scored a fiercely struck free-kick to hand Juve the win against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, his seventh goal of the season so far. That means the Argentine is the Bianconeri’s top scorer ahead of Ronaldo, with Dybala 7/1 to open the scoring here.
One to watch for Sassuolo: With Berardi expected to miss out through injury, that puts more pressure on Francesco Caputo to step up to the plate if Sassuolo are going to cause an upset in Turin. The 32-year-old has six goals from 10 appearances so far this season, and is out at 9/1 to break the deadlock on Sunday.
Long shot: Juventus are available at a massive 200/1 to thrash Sassuolo 7-0 for a second time in three meetings between the teams at the Allianz Stadium. A more realistic scoreline could be a 3-0 home win though, which is priced at 17/2.