Juventus – Chievo: Preview & Prediction
The defeat in the Italian Super Cup decision against Lazio and the swinging performance in the preseason friendlies raised doubts about defending Serie A hegemony for Juventus.
The team got two victories in the opening matches, but they were not enough to dispel those questions. In the first round, at home, thrashed Cagliari by 3 to 0. The rival, when he lost by 1 to 0, had the opportunity to equalize. The penalty kick stopped at the hands of veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
In the second round, Turin’s alvinegro had a new scare. In his first match as a visitor, he took two goals in just seven minutes. With Dybala’s second-half penalty, he was able to equalize with Genoa in the first half. In the final stage, completed the turn winning by 4 to 2.
Even with six points on the account, the team could not repeat the safe performances of last season where, in the great majority of the matches of the Italian League, the question was not whether Juve could win, but at what time would define the match, since it showed control over almost all opponents.
For Saturday’s game, coach Massimiliano Allegri may not be able to count on one of his top defenders. Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini suffered from calf pain and should undergo a new assessment of the club’s doctors. This examination will determine if you will be able to face Chievo.
Perhaps the physical aspect is not the only one to be considered to define the defender’s lineup. On Tuesday, September 12, Juventus will make its debut in the 2017/2018 version of the Champions League. You will face Barcelona, Spain. This may cause Allegri to prioritize this match by preserving more worn out athletes. The rationale extends to the athletes who have defended their national teams in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The young Croatian midfielder Marko Pjaka, 22, who suffered a serious knee injury earlier this season, is still out.
With no Juventus players on the same footing, coach Rolando Maran had virtually all of his squad available during the Italian Championships. He certainly saw problems that must be fixed in the Lazio 2-1 defeat at home in the second round of Serie A 2017/2018. Until then, the team was unbeaten in the season. Between friendly and official games, were six wins and two draws.
In the opening, he managed a surprising victory against Udinese in Udine, also by the score of 2 to 1. This gave tranquility to the work, since the stay in the main division of Italian soccer is the main goal of Chievo. Anything above that will be considered a great profit.
Veteran striker Riccardo Meggionrini is the only athlete in the medical department. With 32 years and having scored three goals in his 27 matches in the previous season of Serie A, he has recovered from injury that has taken him off the pitch since April. It has no return forecast.
History of the matches Juventus vs Chievo
Juventus defend an undefeated series of 14 matches (nine wins and five draws). Chievo’s most recent success in the showdown came in 2010 when he won 1-0 at home.
Juventus – Chievo: Betting Tips
Juventus -2 AH – Odds: 2.10
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.65