Fresh from making their return to Serie A, Verona face their biggest challenge yet with a trip to Juventus. The promoted outfit have started the new campaign brightly, picking up four points from the opening three weeks of action, but go up against a Bianconeri side eager to get back to winning ways.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 21 September, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Verona: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Daniele Rugani opened the scoring on the final day of the 2017-18 term and the champions’ advantage was soon doubled courtesy of a Miralem Pjanic strike. Alessio Cerci pulled one back for the Gialloblu but it wasn’t enough to deny Juventus all three points.
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Juventus v Verona Predictions and Preview
Juventus were held to a goalless draw in their last league tie, drawing with bitter rivals Fiorentina in Tuscany. Maurizio Sarri’s men were largely kept at bay, and it was Vincenzo Montella’s troops who had the better of the chances.
Sarri is likely to freshen up his side, particularly after a gruelling trip to Madrid to face Atletico in the Champions League, with Emre Can, Paulo Dybala, Aaron Ramsey and Merih Demiral pushing for places.
Given the opposition, the former Napoli and Chelsea boss may choose to go with a more attacking line-up, reverting to a 4-3-3 with one of the more defensive minded midfielders Sami Khedira or Blaise Matuidi dropping out.
Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo are assured of starting roles with Dybala potentially operating just off the duo. The South American is available at 15/8 to net anytime and will want to put a difficult summer behind him. Ronaldo is 4/2 to open proceedings and Juventus are 1/6 to make it three wins from their first four outings.
Visitors Verona narrowly lost to Milan in gameweek three. The Gialloblu were not helped by Mariusz Stępiński, as the Pole received his marching orders with just 20 minutes on the clock. The striker had to sit out as compatriot Krzysztof Piątek netted the only goal of the encounter to hand Verona their first defeat of the season.
One to watch for Juventus: Higuain was deemed surplus to requirements in the off-season but has worked his way in to Sarri’s plans and repaid his manager’s faith with a sublime goal against Napoli. The Argentine is 9/5 to register anytime.
One to watch for Verona: Samuel Di Carmine hit double figures in the promotion year and is likely to come in for the suspended Stępiński. The big forward is 13/2 to bag the last effort of the clash.
Long shot: Juventus have watched Inter, led by once Bianconeri idol Antonio Conte, earn rave reviews for their performances and will want to lay down a marker for the months ahead. The Bianconeri faithful expect to be entertained by Sarri and a 4-0 triumph is 15/2.