Serie A holders Juventus welcome Verona on Matchday 5 of the calendar. The Bianconeri currently trail league leaders Milan by four points and their domestic dominance will be tested with Inter, a resurgent Rossoneri, Napoli and Atalanta all staking a claim for the Scudetto. The visitors finished in the top-half of the table last term and will prove dogged opposition for the champions.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 25 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Verona: FreeSports
Last time: The Gialloblu came from behind to stun Juventus in February. Cristiano Ronaldo struck first before Fabio Borini and Giampaolo Pazzini handed Verona a famous win.
Juventus v Verona Predictions and Preview
Andrea Pirlo will have been delighted with how his first Champions League clash as manager went. The 2006 World Cup winner watched on as Alvaro Morata bagged a brace against Dynamo Kiev ahead of the mouthwatering fixture with Barcelona.
The Spaniard was flanked by Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa in a new look attack for Juventus in the absence of talisman Ronaldo. The Portuguese legend is still in self-isolation after contracting COVID-19 and is battling to be available for a showdown with Lionel Messi next week.
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|Paulo Dybala to score last||4/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||11/2||Offer|
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Morata has three goals from as many appearances in his second stint at the club and is 10/3 to open proceedings. Pirlo is forced in to another reshuffle with Chiesa serving a one-game suspension after his red card at Crotone. The Italy international has started brightly in Bianconeri colours following his switch from Fiorentina and will likely be replaced by Federico Bernardeschi.
The fellow winger was linked to Napoli and Lyon but opted to remain with the Turin giants and is 7/4 to strike anytime. Kulusevski is 13/2 to break the deadlock and Juventus are 4/11 to chalk up the victory.
Travelling party Verona lost Sofyan Amrabat, Amir Rrahmani and Marash Kumbulla to Napoli, Fiorentina and Roma, respectively. The trio were integral to the Gialloblu’s impressive 9th place finish in 2019-20. Ivan Juric has bemoaned his board’s inability to adequately replace the playmaker and star defenders and retaining their top flight status is the chief objective for the campaign.
Samuel Di Carmine is the main threat for Verona and averaged one in three last term. The veteran is 10/3 to net anytime and Davide Faraoni is 10/1. The marauding full-back attracted interest from the Lupi, Lazio and Gennaro Gattuso and Roberto Mancini will watch on with interest ahead of the European Championship. The Gialloblu are 13/2 to pull off a shock and a tie is 7/2.
One to watch for Juventus: In Pirlo’s new setup, Juan Cuadrado has licence to get forward and has chipped in with a number of important goals during his five years with the Bianconeri. The Colombian is 11/2 to notch last.
One to watch for Verona: Nikola Kalinic has endured a stop-start career but has an opportunity to play regular football and was Juric’s first choice in the striking department. The burly Croatian is 13/1 to get the last effort.
Long shot: Verona collected 10 clean sheets last season but the backline is now much changed. The Gialloblu did keep Genoa out in the previous gameweek but the Ligurian outfit had not competed in nearly three weeks and still had key players on the sidelines. A 3-0 triumph for a Juventus squad quietly adapting to Pirlo’s methods is 9/1.