Juventus vs Torino Preview

July 3, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Juventus will be trying to take a huge step towards another Serie A title on Saturday afternoon as they take on Torino in the latest instalment of the Turin derby.

Heading into the match, the Old Lady sit four points clear of nearest challengers Lazio, with nine matches of the season left to play. Meanwhile, Torino have targets of their own as they sit only six points clear of the drop zone so are under threat of being dragged into the relegation battle in the final few weeks of the season.

There’s not a lot of reason to think that Moreno Longo’s men will be able to take victory this time around. The visitors clash with their neighbours on the back of just one win in ten Serie A matches, with that success coming against Udinese in early June. Elsewhere, the Old Lady are on a six-match winning run under Maurizio Sarri, the longest such run since the former Chelsea boss took over. As a matter of fact, they have not lost in 35 matches on home soil so they are justifiably favourites to win the match at a price of 24/100 with William Hill, with a draw at 24/5. Torino to massively upset the odds and win is available at a price of 12/1.

The statistics between the two teams in past matches though suggest that the tie is going to be even harder for Torino. Il Toro have not managed to win away to their rivals since a 2-1 victory since the 1994/95 season. Even more damning, the Old Lady has kept clean sheets in five out of their last six matches against Torino. Considering Sarri’s troops have only conceded one goal since the return of Italian football, they could well be likely to do that once again at odds of 8/11 with Betfair.

Sarri still has a few significant problems in defence with a handful of significant injuries. Full-backs Matteo De Sciglio and Alex Sandro remain restricted to the sidelines and are joined by centre-back Merih Demiral and Giorgio Chiellini. Elsewhere, Sami Khedira is still out having not appeared since November. Miralem Pjanic is still eligible to play for the Old Lady despite confirmation of his upcoming move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

Elsewhere, the only injury worry that Torino have to contend with is the absence of midfielder Daniele Baselli who looks set to be out until at least the end of the year.

Longo will hope to be able to once again call on the services of striker Andrea Belotti. The Italian has scored in each of the last three Serie A matches, his longest scoring run in the league since 2016, and is at 10/1 with Paddy Power to net the opening goal this time around. Cristiano Ronaldo, naturally is the most fancied to strike first and can be backed at a price of 7/4.

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