Juventus will look to continue their unbeaten streak in Serie A when they host mid-table Sassuolo at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.
Juventus play Sassuolo as their second Serie A engagement in the space of three days as they seek to extend a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions and close the gap to top four. Juventus were headed for another Serie A defeat in their last time out but with some help from a controversial penalty call and Paulo Dybala’s cool head under pressure, they managed to maintain their lengthy streak without defeat on Sunday, as they held champions Inter Milan to a 1-1 draw at San Siro. That result keeps Juventus sixth in the Serie A standing with15 points – level with Atalanta and Fiorentina following a run of four straight 1-0 wins against Chelsea, Torino, Roma, and Zenith. Paulo Dybala is set to return to the starting lineup alongside Federico Chiesa or Alvaro Morata. After making way for wily veteran Giorgio Chiellini versus Inter, Matthijs de Ligt is set to return at the heart of the hosts’ back four.
A tough start to the Serie A season under a new management has seen Sassuolo sink into the bottom half of the standings. They however managed to get their third win of the season against Venezia. Despite falling a goal behind just after the half-hour mark, Sassuolo responded rapidly through Domenico Berardi’s typically powerful left-footed strike only five minutes later. The hosts went on to secure a 3-1 victory after the break, in a game where they dominated with 64% possession and 16 shots with eight on target. Head Coach Alessio Dionsi used Giacomo Raspadori and Filip Djuricic in support roles behind center-forward Gianluca Scamacca in their last match, but may be forced to reshuffle the pack, as Djuricic limped off during the first half with a muscular injury.
Juventus have kept things relatively tight defensively in the last month four clean sheets in their last five games and two goals conceded in their last six. Juventus are undefeated in their last nine games. Sassuolo has conceded in all previous 11 meetings with Juventus with their last win in this fixture coming in 2015. We are backing a low-scoring contest and a narrow win for Juventus.
PREDICTION: JUVENTUS WIN 1-0/2-0/2-1