Juventus vs Sassuolo preview

September 8, 2016
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Sassuolo vs JuventusItalian champions and last year’s surprise package have done plenty of business of late, but their meetings remain as competitive as ever.

Juventus head into the new clash with Sassuolo hoping to keep the 100% record intact, whereas the Neroverdi hope to return to winning ways after their previous game was awarded to Pescara.

The Bianconeri have been the dominant force in Italian football for five years now, winning five league trophies on the bounce, and they enjoyed another strong start.

Buoyed by the arrivals of Gonzalo Higuain, Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic, Juventus recorded back to back wins over Fiorentina and Lazio in their first two league fixtures.

It remains to be seen whether their form will suffer after the international break, but Max Allegri has big enough squad to rest those players who do not return to the club in the best shape.

That is one of the reasons why his side have been made 1.33 (1/3) favourites to defeat Sassuolo, and thus make it 18 home wins on the trot in Serie A.

Leonardo Bonucci should return to the starting line-up, whereas summer recruits Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic should start as well.

Summer recruit Juan Cuadrado is in contention, but Stefano Sturaro, Claudio Marchisio and Rolando Mandragora are out injured.

Probable starting line-up (3-5-2): Buffon – Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini – Alves, Khedira, Pjanic, Asamoah, Alex Sandro – Higuain, Dybala.

Sassuolo have been on a major uptrend of late and they do not seem to be slowing down just yet, with shrewd transfer dealings and affiliation with Juventus yielding excellent results.

The Neroverdi did well to qualify for the Europa League group stages, while they also enjoyed a bright start to the new league campaign.

After defeating Palermo on the road, Sassuolo also beat Pescara at home, but the match was later awarded to Delfini as the Neroverdi had fielded an ineligible player.

If it hadn’t been for the costly mistake, Sassuolo would now be tied on points with their next opponents, but they can be trusted to quickly overcome the disappointment.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco will have to make do without his best player Domenico Berardi, but Matteo Politano can be trusted to do a good job as well.

Stefano Sensi misses out through a muscle problem, but Alessandro Matri is expected to start after impressing in his first two appearances for the club.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Consigli – Gazzola, Cannavaro, Acerbi, Peluso – Duncan, Manganelli, Biondini – Politano, Matri, Defrel.

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