Buoyed by their huge win in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against AS Monaco, reigning Serie A champions Juventus head into Derby della Mole in high spirits. Bianconeri will win their sixth consecutive league title if they win in the Turin derby.
Sitting on top of Serie A standings with nine-point advantage over runners-up AS Roma, reigning Italian champions Juventus will welcome Torino on a truly special occasion on Saturday night. Bianconeri will be warmly welcomed after the compelling 2-0 Champions League triumph at AS Monaco during the week, which saw Allegri’s men make a huge step towards the final of Europe’s elite club competition. The Old Lady once again proved their strength and quality as they muted the attack-oriented Principality club, who have been one of the most prolific sides in Europe this season. Additionally and more importantly even, the forthcoming Derby della Mole will be a perfect chance to wrap the sixth consecutive Serie A title in front of home supporters. It doesn’t get any better than this for the Italian giants who are unbeaten in Serie A since January, and who are widely expected to beat their local rivals Torino. Bianconeri are coming off from four consecutive wins in the Turin derby and will be keep to make it a perfect five at the weekend.
Juventus head coach Max Allegri will have no new injury worries ahead of Torino clash. Marko Pjaca and Daniele Rugani remain on the sidelines due to their respective injuries, although we could see a couple of changes to the line-up as Allegri is expected to rest some of his first-team choices for the reverse leg against Monaco.
The Bulls have been alternating between wins and draws since mid-March, but they will have been overall pleased with the fact their last Serie A defeat came six matches ago. Sitting comfortably in ninth position with 49 points to their name, Torino are heading into the clash with Juventus without a competitive edge as European places are too far ahead and well out of their reach. Former AC Milan head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has so far done a respectable job with his squad and Torino have truly become a compact and tightly-organised unit. The Bulls have been struggling on the travels this season, winning only two games on the road since the turn of the year. Back-to-back wins at Cagliari and Chievo last time out have offered a dose of optimism ahead of a short trip to Juventus Arena however. Torino will place their hopes into the hands of Andrea Belotti, the 23-year-old Italian striker who has been in formidable form this season. The talented forward is topping the scorers’ chart with 25 goals to his name and will be given a unique task of attempting to break wall in front of Gigi Buffon, who is yet to concede in last four home matches.
Italy defender Lorenzo De Silvestri is suffering from a thigh injury and will not be able to help his teammates, whereas midfielder Marco Benassi is a selection doubt due to his calf problem.
Juventus will not miss the chance to clinch the Serie A title in style and celebrate the success together with their supporters. Bianconeri are in formidable form and high in spirits after a successful Champions League outing which will have provided Max Allegri’s men with a huge morale boost.
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