Champions Juventus host steady Serie A outfit Sassuolo in Sunday afternoon’s clash.
Max Allegri’s side are going toe-to-toe with pacesetters Napoli and neither team are showing any sign of relenting. The Bianconeri are predictably in good condition and have won their last six league matches.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 4 February, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Sassuolo: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Gonzalo Higuain bagged an early double before Miralem Pjanic put the contest out of sight. Luca Antei got a consolation for the visitors in a 3-1 loss.
Juventus v Sassuolo Predictions and Preview
Juventus remain just a point off top spot and have the experience and know-how to pounce on any Azzurri slip up between now and May. The Scudetto holders typically hit their peak after the winter break and have the squad to challenge on three fronts.
Pleasingly for Allegri, the Bianconeri rearguard has been near impenetrable, with eight clean sheets from the last nine matches, conceding only once against Verona. Defender Medhi Benatia, in particular, deserves a great deal of credit for slotting in seamlessly alongside Giorgio Chiellini and is now showing the Roma form which earned him a big money move to Bayern Munich.
Further forward, Pjanic and Sami Khedira continue to prove their worth at the base of midfield and chip in with valuable goals and assists. World Cup winner Khedira scored the opener in the 2-0 away win at Chievo last weekend and is only 30-years-old.
The German has been around a long time and still has plenty to offer. A dependable and underrated presence and certainly one of Juventus shrewdest free transfers in recent years, Khedira is 12/1 to bag himself another goal. The Bianconeri are the overwhelming favourites to continue their winning run at 1/5.
Visitors Sassuolo were initially rejuvenated following Beppe Iachini’s appointment, but are now in an inconsistent run of form. After the commendable 1-1 draw away at Roma, the Neroverdi have drawn once and lost to Genoa and Atalanta. A morale boosting triumph away in Turin is 14/1. In-demand Matteo Politano is 17/1 to score anytime against one of the sides rumoured to be in the running for his signature.
One to watch for Juventus: Higuain got on the scoresheet against Chievo ending a barren five game run without a goal. The Argentine is 3/1 to strike first and begin a profitable purple patch.
One to watch for Sassuolo: Domenico Berardi is unplayable on his day and must be offering more to his team. The gifted forward is 11/1 to hit the back of the net last.
Long shot: It’s played four, won four for Juventus in this fixture. The hosts are in ominous mood, but Sassuolo have strikers capable of troubling the Bianconeri defence. Alessandro Matri and Diego Falcinelli are big, imposing figures and an early goal would change the complexion of the match. A Neroverdi 3-2 win is priced at a whopping 175/1.