Juve consolidated top spot with a comfortable win at Bologna last Monday, and should secure a fifth successive league victory here when relegation-threatened Lecce come calling this weekend.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Friday, June 26
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Juventus eased to a 2-0 victory over Bologna last time out, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala scoring the goals to inspire the defending champions to the win.
Thus, Maurizio Sarri’s side have now won their last four Serie A games and currently have a four-point cushion ahead of second-placed Lazio at the top of the standings, with third-placed Inter Milan eight points behind.
With closest challengers Lazio failing to close the gap when they fell to Atlanta on Wednesday, the hosts have a big chance of moving into the matchday 28th round of games seven points clear of the chasing pack in the division.
Lecce were thrashed 4-1 at home by AC Milan on Monday, a loss which marked their third league defeat on the bounce, featuring at least four goals conceded on their part.
Roma, Atlanta and then Milan have all managed to put at least four goals past I Giallorossi in their latest games, and the trip to Turin represents an even sterner test of their ambitions in the bid to avoid relegation.
Danilo misses out on suspension after the red card he picked up against Bologna while Mattia De Sciglio is out with an injury.
Alex Sandro and Sami Khedira remain long term absentees alongside Gonzalo Higuain and Merih Demiral.
Diego Farias, Alessandro Deiola, Antonin Barak and Cristian Dell’Orco are all on
the treatment table for Lecce, while Gianluca Lapadula faces a late fitness test on a leg injury.
Head to Head
There have been 25 competitive games played between these two sides, with Juve accounting for 14 wins to Lecce’s paltry tally of three. Eight draws have been recorded between them, including the reverse fixture which ended 1-1.
Juventus last five competitive games: LWDDW
Lecce last five competitive games: WWLLL
It is hard to see past a very comfortable home victory for Juventus (2/13), who are very much the favourites here, and by their standards should pick up maximum points from games such like this. Dybala, and more heartwarming, Ronaldo seem to have got their mojo working again so have a great chance of putting even more daylight between them and the rest of the league’s title pursuers.
3/5 for a halftime/fulltime win for the Bianconeri looks the punt to go to, for value and is another angle to take while backing the hosts for victory.
Ronaldo is 1/3 to get in among the goals anytime, and an even better 15/8 to open the scoring for this one.