Without a win in their last two matches in all competitions, Juventus seek to bounce back in Serie A action against Sassuolo. The champions have uncharacteristically suffered a dip in both form and results and will be wary of a Neroverdi side who have gone under the radar this term.
Where and when: Mapei Stadium, Reggio Emilia – 10 February, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Sassuolo vs. Juventus: Eleven Sports 2, Premier Sports 1
Last time: It was a day to remember for Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese superstar scored his first goals for the club. The 2-1 victory in mid-September was marred by Douglas Costa’s late dismissal for spitting at Federico Di Francesco.
|Juventus to win and both teams to score||12/5||Offer|
|Blaise Matuidi to score anytime||5/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
Sassuolo vs. Juventus Predictions and Preview
Hosts Sassuolo are only five points off the European places and have enjoyed a good season to date. The Neroverdi lost the services of Kevin-Prince Boateng during the January transfer window following the attacker’s shock move to Spanish giants Barcelona, but have not suffered in the Ghanaian’s absence.
The goalscoring mantle will fall at the feet of duo Domenico Berardi and Khouma Babacar who have 13 goal involvements combined. Berardi, a one-time Juventus target, will operate from the left flank and look to get at a depleted Bianconeri backline, is 4/1 to bag anytime with Babacar at 3/1 in the same betting. Sassuolo are 5/1 for all three points and 13/5 to earn a draw.
The visiting Bianconeri saw their lead at the top cut by two points after their astonishing 3-3 draw with Parma and Napoli’s 3-0 victory against Sampdoria. The stalemate felt like a defeat and Juventus desperately injured first-choice pairing Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci in the backline.
Further forward, Mario Mandzukic is back in the fold after a spell on the sidelines. The Croatian brings the best out of Ronaldo, much in the same vein as Karim Benzema and more so than Paulo Dybala who has been poor in recent weeks. Ronaldo is 21/10 to open proceedings and 5/2 to hit two or more goals, while Mandzukic is 23/4 in the same first scorer market. Juventus are 4/7 for maximum points and now the only side in Europe’s top five leagues to still be unbeaten following PSG’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lyon.
One to watch for Sassuolo: Alfred Duncan is an attractive 10/1 to score anytime during the 90 and will have licence to get forward and support the attack.
One to watch for Juventus: Moise Kean is 9/1 to strike last and could be afforded some game time if Juventus are two or three ahead. The young Italian is deserving of a chance following Dybala’s abject displays.
Long shot: Allegri is a perfectionist and was visibly irate on the touchlines following his side’s inability to hold on for three points against Parma. With competition for places fierce, the starting eleven must deliver a fine performance or risk losing their place in the side. A 4-0 triumph is 22/1.