It was only a few days ago that Lazio, still the hottest team going in Serie A these days, was held to a scoreless draw against a Hellas Verona side that is surprisingly amongst the mid-table club. It was a game that pretty much everybody expected Lazio to win, especially so with there being the chance of Simone Inzaghi’s side leapfrogging Inter Milan in the league standings and putting that much more pressure on first-place Juventus.
Guess who has that same Hellas Verona club tonight?
Yep, it’s our Juve!
Juventus has made the trip to the Bentigodi and will try to avert what happened to Lazio just a few days earlier against Hellas Verona. And with the Milan derby taking place 24 hours from now and Inter’s now-inconsistent ways over the past month, Juventus could very well get the chance to extend its lead atop the Serie A table this weekend.
But, as we know all too well with this Juve side, sometimes the logical doesn’t always apply.
When there’s a chance to extend the Serie A lead like there was a couple of weeks ago when Juventus went to Naples, it doesn’t always work out the way we so planned it.
The thing is, though, the last time we saw Juventus on the field, they were playing a pretty solid all-around game against Fiorentina. It’s that kind of performance, although not very dominant, that was an encouraging response from the mess that was the loss to Napoli the weekend prior. Can Juventus build off that Fiorentina win? Or will Juve do an unsurprising Juve thing and lay an egg in Verona and drop some points?
The hope is that Juventus doesn’t mess around and does more of what it did against Fiorentina than it did against Napoli. That’s pretty much a given even though it feels like I’ve said it about five times in the last three sentences. But when it comes to this Juventus team, one that has been more inconsistent with its form over the last two or three months than when they were truly struggling in October and November, you never truly know for sure.
So now we wait and see what happens.
Three points is really the only option here — no matter what Hellas Verona did the last time it faced one of the top teams in Serie A this season.
When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
Where: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentigodi, Verona, Italy
Official kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time; 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cuadrado, de Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Douglas Costa, Higuain, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, De Sciglio, Rugani, Coccolo, Ramsey, Matuidi, Dybala, Olivieri
Hellas Verona starting XI (4-3-2-1): Silvestri; Rrahmani, Kumbulla, Gunter; Faraoni, Amrabat, Veloso, Lazovic; Pessina, Zaccagni; Borini
Hellas Verona bench: Berardi, Radunovic, Eysseric, Stepinski, Di Carmine, Pazzini, Verre, Bocchetti, Dimarco, Dawidowicz, Empereur, Adjapong
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