The last match of the 20th round of the Italian Serie A will be played in Turin, where Juventus will host Sassuolo. Sassuolo has not left the best memories for the Bianconeri, as this team has defeated Juventus in their last two encounters. Interestingly, the defeat in Reggio Emilia was the only loss this season for the Old Lady, who has been playing at a very high level. It seems that a very interesting duel awaits us, scheduled for 8:45 PM.
Juventus: Can Juve achieve a victory against Sassuolo after two consecutive defeats to this team?
Last season, despite a substantial points penalty imposed by the Italian Football Federation, Juventus played very good football. Eventually, the Turin club finished in seventh place in the table, securing a spot in the Conference League qualifiers. However, during the summer, the Old Lady was banned from European competitions for a year, which, frankly, wasn’t too bad for the club. This was due to shifting their focus solely on Serie A and because of the third-tier status of the European club competition, where a team like Juventus certainly didn’t have much ambition.
Time has shown that this one-year ban from European competitions was quite beneficial for the team. Juventus currently finds itself in second place in the Serie A table. Additionally, the Turin club has managed to reach the semifinals of the Italian Cup. So far, Dušan Vlahović and his teammates have played nineteen matches in the top tier of Italian football, achieving fourteen victories, four draws, and just one defeat, interestingly at Sassuolo, who will now be the guest of the most trophy-laden Italian team.
In their last five matches, Massimiliano Allegri’s men are undefeated, achieving four wins and just one draw, which occurred in their visit to Genoa with a 1:1 score. In the previous round, the second-placed team celebrated a victory in their visit to Salernitana, thanks to a last-moment goal by Dušan Vlahović, ending the match in Salento with a 2:1 result.
We’ve already mentioned that the Old Lady managed to secure a place in the semifinals of the Italian Cup. This was after the team decisively defeated Frosinone at their home stadium with a 4:0 score. Moreover, Allegri used that match to rest his key players for what follows tonight, as everyone in the club certainly takes this duel against Sassuolo very seriously, especially since the team from Reggio Emilia has recorded victories in the last two head-to-head league encounters.
At home, Juventus has played nine matches so far, achieving seven victories and two draws, against Inter and Bologna, noting that both teams are playing at a very high level this season.
Sassuolo: An Extremely Unpredictable Team!
Sassuolo reached its first promotion to Serie A in 2013, and since then, this team has not been relegated to Serie B. In fact, it seems that the club from Reggio Emilia has never really had major problems with staying in the top division. Generally, the popular Neroverdi have finished the season in the middle of the table, and last year, the club secured the thirteenth spot, with a comfortable fourteen-point cushion over the teams that were relegated, indicating that Sassuolo easily achieved its primary goal once again.
For the past two years, Alessio Dionisi has been at the helm of this team, and it seems that the former Venice and Empoli strategist is doing quite a good job. It appears that this time, the club from Reggio Emilia is facing far more challenges than in the last few seasons of Italy’s top football division, as after nineteen league matches, they are in fourteenth place, interestingly, with only a two-point advantage over the relegation zone.
In their last five matches, Dionisi’s pupils have not been particularly impressive, achieving just one victory, one draw, and suffering three defeats. In the previous round, the Neroverdi finally played a good match and celebrated a home victory against Fiorentina, ending the game with a 1:0 result.
This brings us to the fact that Sassuolo has only recorded five wins so far this season. What’s more interesting is that the team from Reggio Emilia has beaten Inter, Juventus, and Fiorentina, three teams currently in positions that lead to next season’s Champions League qualification.
To be fair, Sassuolo has never generally played poorly against the biggest Italian teams, but their problem has always been matches against teams that are not part of the cream of Italian football.
Finally, in away games, Sassuolo has played nine matches so far, achieving two victories, the same number of draws, and suffering five defeats.
Our Betting Suggestions
Although Sassuolo is quite unpredictable, we believe that Juventus simply must win this duel if they want to stay in the race for the Scudetto, and it seems likely that this will happen. Therefore, we recommend you to bet on a Juventus win, for which the bookmaker betBonanza has prepared odds of 1.42.
Matches between these two clubs usually bring a lot of goals, as per an unwritten rule, and it seems that this will be the case on this January evening in Turin as well. Hence, we suggest you try the Total OVER 2.5 goals bet, which betBonanza offers at odds of 1.70.
Finally, it’s more than realistic to expect that the currently second-placed team in the table will score at least two goals in this encounter against Sassuolo. Therefore, we recommend focusing on the Juventus Total OVER 1.5 goals bet with odds of 1.50 at betBonanza.