Surprise package Sassuolo go in search of a five consecutive Serie A win but face mighty opposition in Juventus. The Neroverdi are making a late charge for a Europa League berth and have the opportunity to take points off closest challengers Milan and Napoli later this month. Elsewhere, Maurizio Sarri is closing in on a maiden Scudetto.
Where and when: Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia – 15 July, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Sassuolo vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The squads shared four goals at the beginning of December with Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo on the scoresheet for Juventus. Jeremie Boga and Francesco Caputo struck for the Neroverdi.
Sassuolo vs. Juventus Predictions and Preview
Sassuolo carry a significant threat going forward. Aside from the top four, the Neroverdi have remarkably scored more goals than any other squad in the division, despite their modest resources.
Boss Roberto De Zerbi has earned rave reviews for his attack minded football and is rumoured to be Fiorentina’s first choice to take over at the end of the season. In the meantime, the youthful tactician will be dreaming of guiding the Emilia-Romagna outfit to a shock top six finish.
Caputo will spearhead the team with Boga and Hamed Traoré supporting the striker. The 32-year-old had been around the block and earned the right to play in Italy’s top flight on a regular basis.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Domenico Berardi to score anytime||12/5||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||4/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-1||13/2||Offer|
Caputo’s first spell dates back to 2010 with Bari, before hitting 16 in 38 for Empoli last term. The Blues were relegated but the hitman was quickly picked up by the Neroverdi and has 16 goals and six assists to his name with six league ties still to play.
The champions have their opponents on the night to thank for their heroics on Matchday 32. The Neroverdi beat Lazio 2-1 and Sarri’s men now hold a whopping 10-point advantage at the top.
Sarri has tinkered for large parts of the campaign but appears to have settled on the third member of his attack. Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala will be joined by Federico Bernardeschi with speedster Douglas Costa introduced late on against weary defences.
One to watch for Sassuolo: Traoré was linked to the Turin giants before moving to the Neroverdi on a two-year loan. The young Ivorian has usurped Berardi from the starting eleven and is 14/1 to register the final effort.
One to watch for Juventus: Adrien Rabiot got his first goal for the club in the 4-2 defeat at Milan and is finally showing the form which made him so sought-after last summer. The Frenchman is 11/2 to net anytime.
Long shot: Caputo will have watched how Ante Rebic and Duvan Zapata troubled a Juventus backline that is leaking an uncharacteristic number of goals. Sassuolo have the firepower and personnel to cause similar damage and a 2-0 outcome in favour of the high-flyers is available at 25/1.