Serie A: Genoa vs Juventus Match Preview
Juventus kicked off their Scudetto defense with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Cagliari and will shift their focus on their upcoming fixture against Genoa away from home.The last time Juventus visited Genoa, they were given a rude shock as they were beaten 3-1.
Serie A 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 26 August 2017
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,21:00 IST
Venue: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
Things have changed drastically after Genoa’s 3-1 win over Juve last season, as the Turin giants went on to win their sixth straight Scudetto. Whereas, the Rossoblu suffered a shocking collapse as they just literally flirted with relegation all season long. But somehow managed to escape it.
Ivan Juric, who was sacked and re-hired, is back, but with a dramatically changed squad. Giovanni Simeone, arguably one of the team’s brightest young stars, is now plying his trade with Fiorentina and they come into this game having earned a rather drab scoreless stalemate with Sassuolo. Genoa have pretty much now sold off now all their key players and despite bringing in replacements, it will be interesting to see how the Grifone cope this season with these changes. So this time it will be a stern test for them hosting the Italian champions.
The Bianconeri have started their title defense with a solid win over Cagliari and this victory helped to assuage some nervous fans’ nerves, especially after their Supercoppa Italiana loss to Lazio. Juventus saw some key players departing the club namely Leonardo bonucci and Dani Alves but the arrivals have some what balanced things as players like Douglas Costa and Blaise matudi have joined the Italian champions.
Now coming back to their opening fixture,they won 3-0 over Cagliari. Mario Mandzukic netted the first goal for Juve – and also the first goal of the Serie A campaign. Before Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain got in on the action. Higuain has scored five goals in eight appearances versus Genoa and so will be looking forward to taking them on this Saturday.
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Douglas Costa, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain.
Injured players: Marchisio (knee), Pjaca (knee)
Suspended players: None
Genoa (3-4-2-1): Perin; Biraschi, Rossettini, Gentiletti; Lazovic, Veloso, Bertolacci, Laxalt; Pandev, Omeonga; Galabinov.
Injured players: Spolli (knee)
Suspended players: Izzo
Head to Head
- Juventus have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 matches against Genoa in all competitions.
- The Bianconeri are undefeated in their last 19 out of 20 Serie A games.
- Genoa’s 3-1 win over Juventus last November was their first since October 2014.
- The last time the Grifone scored three against Juventus was in April 2009.