Sassuolo are on imperious run of results, and will welcome faltering league leaders Juventus on Wednesday evening, with a great chance of claiming a big scalp…
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Wednesday July 15th
Venue: MAPEI Stadium – Città del Tricolore
Sassuolo are currently the team to beat in Serie A following four successive league wins that have moved them into eighth position on the standings.
Their latest act was a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over title hopefuls Lazio at the weekend, Giacomo Raspadori and a very late one from Francesco Caputo proving just enough for I Neroverdi in Rome.
Thus, they are now only four points adrift of seventh-placed AC Milan and a further two behind Napoli in sixth spot, so they can continue to dream, climb up the table and revel in every memorable moment they can get now.
Juventus could only manage a draw 2-2 against Atalanta last time out in Turin, mercurial talisman Cristiano Ronaldo at the center of the absorbing encounter.
The Portuguese cooly dispatched two spotkicks for The Old Lady in the cracker, taking his tally to 28 goals from the same amount of Serie A appearances this season as he sets his sights on becoming the first player ever to score at least 50 goals in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, with just one more to achieve that feat as he currently has 49 in the Italian topflight.
Nevertheless, Maurizio Sarri’s team will come in for severe scrutiny here, as having uncharacteristically picked a solitary point from their last two league games, expect the rampant Sassuolo to make the most of every chance they get against them.
Roberto De Zerbi will be without the trio of Filippo Romagna, Pedro Obiang and Gregoire Defrel for the visit of Juve.
Juan Cuadrado will serve a suspension here.
Injury absentees Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio and Merih Demiral are not expected back here for this one.
Head to Head
Juventus had won ten of the 13 competitive games played between them and Sassuolo, who have just a solitary victory from it, recorded in 2015. Twice, both sides had settled for draws.
Sassuolo’s last five competitive games: DWWWW
Juventus last five competitive games: WWWLD
Though Sassuolo have put together an aweinspiring run of results, you have to expect that Juventus will bounce back at some point, and that is now. Faced with in-form opponent and with an opportunity to move even closer to retaining the Scudetto for another season, we expect that should be the case on Wednesday. The hosts managed a draw in the reverse fixture – albeit with a bit of luck, but we see this game as a hurdle too steep for them, so we will bank on a victory for Juve to oblige here, which is prized 8/13 for odds on BetClever.