On Sunday, January 24, in Turin at the Allianz Stadium as part of the match of the 19th round of the Italian championship, the local "Juventus" will host "Bologna".
The current champion of Italy this season of Serie A does not sparkle. Andrea Pirlo's team is only in fifth place in the standings and is ten points behind the leading "Milan". Clearly, this is not what Cristiano Ronaldo and company wanted. In the last round, the Turks lost to Inter without a chance and made their lives even more difficult in terms of fighting for the Scudetto. Now, apparently, "Juventus" is not the main favorite to win the tournament, as it was before the season.
However, in the middle of the week the "zebras" won another trophy. "Stara Signora" won in "Napoli" in the match for the Super Cup of the country thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata. This goal became special for the Portuguese, 760th in his career. After that, he became the best scorer in the history of football, ahead of Josef Pizzan.
Juve continues to fight on all fronts in the Italian championship, the Cup of the country (in the quarterfinals will play with SPAL) and in the Champions League (in the 1/8 finals will play with "Porto"), so the season can still be saved. The Turinese can win three more trophies or stay with only one Super Cup.
Andrea Pirlo will not be able to count on Alex Sandro, Matthias De Ligt, Merih Demiral and Paulo Dybala in this game. The reasons for their absence coronavirus and injuries.
The red and blues are playing extremely unstable this season. In the last round, Sinysha Mykhailovych's team won a minimal victory over Verona, and before that they did not win for eight rounds, losing three times and drawing five times. As a result, "Bologna" before this round has 20 points and ranks twelfth in the standings. The team can be called a strong middle-class, because it does not claim either the zone of European Cups or the struggle for survival.
Bologna also has minor staffing problems. Injured Ibrahim Mbaye, Federico Ravalla and Federico Santander, all of them will not take part in the meeting. However, these players cannot be called the main ones.
History of meetings
The Turks have a big advantage in winning individual matches. In total, the teams met 182 times, of which 89 ended in victories for Juventus. In 63 more games the winner was not revealed, and Bologna won 30 times.
Last season, Juventus twice defeated Bologna. At home 2: 1, on the road 2: 0.
Juventus: Buffon, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Chiellini, Danilo, Bernardeschi, Arthur, Bentancourt, McKenna, Morata, Ronaldo.
Bologna: Skorupski, De Silvestri, Danilo, Tomiasu, Dijks, Dominguez, Schouten, Orsolini, Soriano, Vinyato, Barrow.
Forecast for confrontation
We believe that this match will end with a confident victory of the hosts.
January 24, Sunday
Turin. Allianz Stadium. Start 13:30 GMT+2
Prediction of Forward News 2: 0