Verona’s impressive six-game Serie A unbeaten run is put to the ultimate test this weekend when Juventus come to town. The hosts sit in ninth, and require a very achievable four wins from their last 17 league fixtures to maintain their top flight status. Meanwhile, the champions hold a three point cushion over closest challengers Inter.
Where and when: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona – 8 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Verona vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Miguel Veloso gave the Gialloblu a shock lead before Juventus fought back through Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo to secure the spoils.
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Verona v Juventus Predictions and Preview
In another confident showing, the Gialloblu halted Milan’s surge up the standings in the previous gameweek. Verona struck first and also played the last 20 minutes with 10 men following Sofyan Amrabat’s dismissal, displaying great resolve as the Rossoneri pushed for a late winner.
Ivan Juric could bring in new signing Fabio Borini and the well-travelled Italian offers great versatility. Borini has featured anywhere across the front line and also filled in as a wing-back during his time with Milan but is likely to feature in one of the two roles off the main striker.
Elsewhere, the visiting champions toppled Fiorentina 3-0 on Matchday 22 and tend to hit top gear as the business end of the campaign approaches. Ronaldo struck a brace and took his place in the Juventus history books as the quickest player to hit a half century of goals for the club. The Portuguese skipper did so in just 70 appearances, and will be eager to continue his hot streak.
Ronaldo currently has 19 league efforts to his name, two short of his domestic haul from last term and is showing no signs of slowing down despite approaching his 35th birthday. The Juventus number seven is 9/4 to open proceedings, while Paulo Dybala can be found at 10/3 in the same market. The travelling squad are 8/15 to claim victory.
One to watch for Verona: Marco Faraoni netted against Milan and has six goal contributions from a wing-back role. The Bracciano native is 14/1 to register anytime.
One to watch for Juventus: Douglas Costa started against the Viola and offers something different to his fellow attackers. The Brazilian is an out-and-out winger, blessed with great pace and can stretch defences to the benefit of Ronaldo, Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain. Equally, Costa possesses a wicked left foot and is 9/1 to score last.
Long shot: Verona have only conceded two more than Juventus and their biggest defeat of the year remains a 3-1 loss in the clash with Roma. The Gialloblu are dogged and Sarri’s troops will know they are in a battle from the opening whistle. A goalless draw, much to the frustration of the champions, is 9/1.