Juventus travel to Spezia on Wednesday in an attempt to get their first win on the road this season. Both teams managed just one point from their opening three games, so there will be big pressure on both Thiago Motta to get a result while anything but a win at Stadio Alberto Picco would be a disaster for Max Allegri.
managed just one point flrom The Bianconeri lost away to Napoli last week, while they drew 2-2 in their Serie A opener at the Dacia Arena against Udinese.
Where and when: Alberto Picco – 22 September, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Spezia v Juventus: BT Sport
Last time: Alvaro Morata, Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata were all on target for Juventus when the Bianconeri met Spezia last time out. The game took place at the Allianz Stadium in Turin back in March and ended in 3-0 victory for the hosts.
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Juventus finally seem to be getting into gear as the Bianconeri registered their first victory of the season midweek when they beat Malmo 3-0 in their Champions League opener. However, Max Allegri’s men have some catching up to do in Serie A after managing just one point from their opening three rounds.
A visit to Spezia at the Stadio Alerto Picco on Wednesday seems like the perfect opportunity for the Turin giants to get their first win on the road in Serie A. Allegri’s side wasted a two-goals lead to draw 2-2 against Udinese at the Dacia Arena in their first league game, while they threw away a 1-0 lead and eventually lost 2-1 to Napoli last week.
Wojciech Szczesny made three big howlers in those games, but Allegri insists on sticking with the Pole between the sticks, so the former Arsenal goalkeer is expected to get the nod ahead of Mattia Perin. Prior to the game against Malmo, Juventus hadn’t managed a clean sheet in 24 games in all competitions, with their last one coming in the 3-0 win over Spezia at home back in March.
In fact the Bianconeri won both of their games against the Aquilotti, as the Turin giants also earned a 4-1 victory in Liguria. However, both sides changed coaches since as Allegri replaced Andrea Pirlo while Thiago Motta took over Spezia after Vincenzo Italiano joined Fiorentina in the summer.
Juventus will be without Brazilian duo Arthur and Kaio Jorge, but the Bianconeri should be able to welcome back Federico Chiesa after the Italy international missed the trips to Naples and Malmo. Matthijs De Ligt is expected to start with Leonardo Bonucci at the back, while Alex Sandro and Danilo should start on the flanks.
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Although Juventus completed the double over Spezia last term, the Ligurian side were undefeated when they faced the Bianconeri in Serie B back in 2007. The Little Eagles held Juve to a 1-1 at home, while the reverse fixture saw Spezia earn a historic 3-2 victory in Turin.
The Ligurians must do without injured trio Kevin Agudelo, Leo Sena and Ebrima Colley, so Emanuel Gyasi and Daniele Verde are expected to start up front. One of Spezia’s best player from last season M’Bala Nzola is yet to step on the pitch this term after failing to materialize a move in the summer, but he might get his chance against Juventus.
Stefano Pioli’s men travel to England this week for their first ever visit to Anfield where they’ll face Liverpool in their Champions League opener. The last time Milan played in Europe’s most elite competition was back in 2014, so the Rossoneri will be eager to impress against a strong opposition on their return.
Spezia has just one victory in their last five home games in Serie A – a 4-1 victory over Torino back in May that saw Nzola score a brace for the Ligurians.
Considering all of the above, it’s no surprise to see Juventus as firm 2/5 favourites with William Hill to get all three points on Wednesday. The draw is priced at 19/5, while a what would be a shocking victory for Spezia can be backed up at 13/2.
One to watch for Spezia: Jeroen Zoet has had a rough time between the sticks for Spezia since the start of the season. The Aquilotti have conceded nine goals in their first three Serie A games, so they’ll need their Dutch goalkeepr to be at his absolute best if they are about to cause an upset against Juventus.
One to watch for Juventus: Alvaro Morata scored in two consecutive games for Juventus, as the Spanish forward was on target for Juventus against both Napoli last Sunday and against Malmo in the Champions League. The 28-year-old also scored in both games against Spezia last term and is 10/3 to break the deadlock on Wednesday.
Long shot: Juventus won their last visit to Spezia by 4-1 last term and the chances are we’ll be in for another high scoring affair. A repeat of that result on Wednesday is priced at 18/1, while it raises to 38/1 if you pair this with Morata to score first.