Serie A holders Juventus will make the short trip across town when they face rivals Torino in the Derby della Mole on Sunday morning.
The Bianconeri remain hot on the heels of leaders Napoli and will have their sights set on doing the double over the Granata.
Where and when: Stadio Grande Torino – 18 February, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Torino vs. Juventus: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic scored either side of the break in a 2-0 win for the champions.
Torino v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Since Walter Mazzarri’s appointment in early January it’s played five, won three and drawn two for the hosts and if the ex-Napoli tactician was appointed a month sooner, Toro would have had an outside chance of a Europa League berth. As it stands, they are below Atalanta, Milan and surprise package Sampdoria and it would require a near perfect run until the end of the campaign to finish above not one, but three competitors.
The most notable change since the managerial switch has been the improvement in the backline. Toro have kept three clean sheets since the turn of the year, only one shy of the total from the last four months combined. Generally, the team looks more balanced and the sloppy defending under former boss Sinisa Mihajlovic has been cut out. Further forward, star striker Andrea Belotti looks over his injury troubles and is 9/1 to conclude the scoring while his side are 4/1 to claim maximum points from the big showdown.
Juventus have a host of injuries and will almost certainly be without Juan Cuadrado, Benedikt Howedes and Blaise Matuidi. Sami Khedira went off midway through the second half against Tottenham with a muscular injury and there are limited options in midfield for Max Allegri.
Paulo Dybala could give his Coach a boost, though, having recently returned to training in the build up to the tie. The Argentine playmaker is level on goals domestically with countryman Higuain and offers something different in attack. Higuain, meanwhile, has been in red hot form and has eight goals in his last five appearances. The Bianconeri hitman is 2/1 favourite to open proceedings and the visitors are priced at 4/6 to get one over Toro.
One to watch for Torino: Iago Falque has hit double figures in all competitions this term and finally looks settled after various loan spells at a host of clubs. The winger is 15/1 to add to his haul any time during the 90.
One to watch for Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi is now showing the form which earned him a big money move from Fiorentina and looks full of confidence. The Tuscan is 7/1 to score the game’s first goal.
Long shot: Toro may not have the recent silverware of their neighbours but do have a proud history of their own. Local pride is at stake and Mazzarri’s men will relish the opportunity of denting the Bianconeri’s title hopes. Bragging rights and a 3-2 triumph is priced at 55/1 for the home side.