Saturday’s Derby della Mole clash is very much a mismatch, but expect struggling Torino to throw everything at hosts, Juventus.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Saturday July 4th
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Juventus tightened their grip on top spot in the Serie A with a comfortable 3-1 win over Genoa in midweek, a result which put them four points clear of closest challengers Lazio, and sets them up nicely for a tough run of fixtures in the coming weeks.
The Old Lady are away to Milan after this game, while Atalanta and Lazio lie in wait in their next three, with a trip to Sassuolo sandwiched somewhere in between. With that, Juve’s resolve will be verily tested and their title credentials will be defined based on how they perform in these games.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and even Douglas Costa have led remarkably from the front in their league games, and expect them to be the protagonists yet here, with Torino’s over reliance on Andrea Belotti a sharp contrast to this.
Only once have Torino managed to win in their last ten league games, a scrappy 1-0 triumph over Udinese on match day 27, the only bright spot in a run which saw them lose eight times.
A second-half collapse last time saw them fall 2-1 to Lazio, their second successive defeat since the restart, with only six points now separating them from the drop zones.
Matthijs De Ligt’s maiden goal for Juve proved the difference 1-0 when these two sides last met in November, but we should witness a lot more than a lone-goal affair from this one.
Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira and Mattia De Sciglio are out of this game with injuries.
For Torino, Daniele Baselli is the only injury concern for Moreno Longo ahead of this game.
Head to Head
In 38 competitive games between these teams, Juve have garnered 25 wins to Torino’s five. Eight games have been drawn.
Juventus last five competitive games: DDWWW
Torino last five competitive games: LDWLL
Juve are a cut-price of 2/7 to emerge victorious here, and that reward is one which should easily pay off. However, in digging for where the value might just lie, backing the hosts to be ahead at both Halftime/fulltime is prized 20/23 on improved odds.
Then there’s the small matter of Gigi Buffon starting in goal, which will see him set a new all-time Serie A record of 648 appearances, breaking away from Paolo Maldini. The Italian legend will do well to celebrate that feat with a clean sheet, so we do not see Torino breaching him here. A ‘No’ on the Both Team To Score market is priced 13/20.