After a long wait, Serie A is finally back this weekend. However, Bianconeri have to wait till Monday night to get things going, as Juventus host Sassoulo at Allianz Stadium on matchday 1. Last year, both the teams won against each other away from home and it has always been a high scoring fixture. Here’s everything you need to know about the game in today’s Match Preview by The Calcio Guy.
Juventus had a huge summer in terms of transfer window. However they haven’t been able to reciprocate the same impact on the pitch in pre season so far. In 4 pre season games that they played, Old Lady was able to win just one game out of them, losing 2 and drawing one. Juventus won their opening game against Guadalajara but then lost to reigning UCL champions Real Madrid, then drew against Barcelona and wrapping up their pre season with a 4-0 loss against Atletico Madrid. It will be interesting to see how Allegri manages all the new signings in the Serie A.
Meanwhile Sassoulo is coming to the fixture after a shocking exit from Coppa Italia as they lost to Serie B side Modena by 3-2. Other than that, they won comfortably against the lower division team from Italy, Vis Pesaro by 4-1 as well. Sassoulo also saw many exits in the team as Gianluca Scamacca went to West Ham and another great prospect, Raspadori is also on his way out to sign for Napoli. All eyes will be on their new signing Pinamonti, who had a great season at Empoli previously.
Injury updates & Team News:
Juventus: Bianconeri manager Massimiliano Allegri will be unable to call upon the services of quite a few players as Paul Pogba, Szczesny,Kaio Jorge, Federico Chiesa and Marley Ake are all out because of injuries. There are doubts over the availability of Weston McKennie and Columbian international Juan Cuadrado meanwhile Adrien Rabiot and Moise Kean are both suspended.
Injured: Paul Pogba, Federico Chiesa, Wojciech Szczesny, Marley Ake, Kaio Jorge
Doubtful: Weston McKennie, Juan Cuadrado
Suspended: Adrien Rabiot, Moise Kean
Sassoulo: Meanwhile, Sassuolo will be without Ivorian midfielder Hamed Traore. Other than that there are no known issues and manager Alessio Dionisi is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Injured: Hamed Traore
Juventus Predicted XI (3-5-2): Mattia Perin, Leonardo Bonucci, Gleison Bremer, Danilo, Cuadrado, Denis Zakaria, Manuel Locatelli, Fagioli, Filip Kostic, Angel Di Maria, Dusan Vlahovic
Sassuolo Predicted XI (4-3-3): Andrea Consigli, Mert Muldur, Riccardo Marchizza, Gian Marco Ferrari, Giorgos Kyriakopoulos, Maxime Lopez, Davide Frattesi, Kristian Thorstvedt, Domenico Berardi, Giacomo Raspadori, Emil Konradsen Ceide
Head to head:
Although last season both the teams managed to win against each other away from home, Juventus is the club that holds the clear advantage in 19 head-to-head encounters between the two sides. They have won 14 games, lost two and drawn three. The most interesting thing is that the game has rarely ended in a draw, just three times.
A Fact about the Opponents:
Although the club was founded in 1920, Sassoulo had to wait till 2014 (almost hundred years) to finally get their first ever promotion to Serie A and since then, they have never faced a relegation to Serie B and have already played 8 consecutive seasons in the league. Also, Sassoulo is one of the only 5 teams of Serie A to have their own stadium alongside Juventus, Atalanta, Cremonese and Udinese.