Verona are no longer the surprise package in Serie A and can all but end Juventus’ hopes of retaining the title this weekend. The Gialloblu finished in ninth last term and are on course to eclipse this feat and challenge for a Europa League berth. In the away dressing room, Andrea Pirlo’s troops remain heavily reliant on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
Where and when: Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, Verona – 27 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Verona vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Dejan Kulusevski salvaged a share of the spoils for the Bianconeri in the reverse fixture.
Verona v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Juventus welcomed Crotone to Turin in the previous gameweek and the comfortable 3-0 victory was just the tonic for the champions. The Bianconeri trail Inter by eight points and Pirlo is not able to rotate his key performers as frequently as compatriot Antonio Conte, who arguably has the strongest bench in the league at his disposal.
Nevertheless, the young tactician and his weary group will not give up the chase and Ronaldo will be determined to land more silverware, both domestically and on the continent. The Portugal skipper has 22 goals and four assists to his name from 24 appearances and is 9/4 to open proceedings and is one ahead of Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Capocannoniere.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Kulusevski to score last||13/2||Offer|
|Juventus to win 1-0||34/5||Offer|
|Under 1.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
Ronaldo should be joined in attack by regular partner Alvaro Morata. The loanee has been suffering from flu but got a good run out on Monday and is 13/10 to register anytime. The duo are likely to be supported by Federico Chiesa who has been one of the Bianconeri’s standout players since moving from Fiorentina last summer.
The Azzurri international has struck on seven occasions this season and also laid off a handful of assists to his team-mates and offers pace, drive and something different. Chiesa is 9/2 to break the deadlock and the hosts are 8/15 to emerge triumphant.
Visitors Verona are resilient and very much in the mould of manager Ivan Juric. The 45-year-old is idolised by the natives and is reportedly at the top of Aurelio De Laurentiis’ list to replace Gennaro Gattuso in May.
The Gialloblu lost star trio Sofyan Amrabat, Marash Kumbulla and Amir Rrahmani to Fiorentina, Napoli and Roma, respectively, and Juric has admirably developed the likes of Matteo Lovato, Marco Faraoni and Mattia Zaccagni who are now all in contention with the national setup.
One to watch for Verona: Federico Dimarco is still on the books of frontrunners Inter and the talented defender has shone this campaign. The Milan native has six goal involvements from left-back and is 11/4 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Juventus: Paulo Dybala was expected to feature against Crotone but his return from injury was temporarily halted. In a boost for Pirlo, the Argentine has stepped up his training and is 9/2 to bag last.
Long shot: Only Napoli and upcoming opponents Juventus have conceded less than Verona and this feat is all the more impressive given the backline has been reconstructed over the last 18 months. Juric also deserve credit for giving the Gialloblu more of a cutting edge and a 1-0 outcome in favour of the European hopefuls is 21/1.