Serie A Match Preview: Juventus vs Fiorentina
Date: 20 September 2017
Kickoff: 00:30 IST(next day), 6:45 GMT, 7:15 CET
Broadcast: Sony ten1 & ten1 HD, Sky Sports
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Venue: Turin Stadion
Juventus look to maintain their unbeaten home form when they welcome Fiorentina at Turin Stadion
Champions Juventus play their first midweek fixture, obliged to continue their perfect start to their campaign.
Maximiliano Allegri’s men did not allowed any opponent to cross his path as Juve registered another win in the weekend away to Sassuolo in an enthuastic display of 3-1 scoreline. That made them invincible in first four games, winning each of them. Now Fiorentina arrives at their palace where they never faced defeated since 2014.
Allegri will be wishing to get another win before the Turin derby in which Juve host Torino in a mouth watering clash. Fiorentina will be a perfect opponents to test against as they themselves are worried about their latest performances.
The old lady of Turin are gunning forward with their Argentinian starlet holding the authority of Juventus’s progress. Dybala is surely turning to be the ‘Messi’ of Turin which is rightfully compared to. His brain in creating things out of nothing is his blessings for the game. Having already registered seven goals to his name this campaign, Dybala put up a stunning hat trick in the weekend against Sassuolo. His positivity and immaculate finishes will certaintly give more joyous to fans as they witness another establish ment of world’s greatest player. Only troublesome point that can stain white and black stripes that Chellini will once again miss the clash due to the injury he is sustaining. Even if so, he is match fit Allegri would not risk him with Turin derby at the door followed by the match against Olympiakos in the Champions league next week. Benatia is likely to replace him in the center role.
Fiorentina have a tale of worries. With a 3-0 loss versus Inter in the season’s opener, Fiorentina lost their feet once more against Sampdoria in a 2-1 disarray. Things took a turn though as they rift apart weak challengers Hellas Verona 5-0 and then collected three points unconvincingly in a trip to Bologna this weekend. Now they face in more terrifying test in the form of Juventus.
One man capable of changing the diagram of his club is their forward Chiesa. With the loss of Federico Bernadeschi await to meet his former club, Chiesa look to settle well in his new role in place of him. He administered his club’s victory over Bologna, scoring the opener with a swerving curler effort crashing onto the net. Along with Bernadeschi, key players like Valero and Vecino moved out of the club. The club is still struggling to get the best of their new signing as Giovanni Simeone, Valentin & Cyril Thereau.
La viola however will be looking back at their last meeting with the champions. The Bianconaries had a hard fought season opener against them last season when Fiorentina forced Juve at Turin Stadion, ultimately which the home side won 2-1. In the returning leg, the revenge was finally seek with the same scoreline now going to the favour of Fiorentina. Nikolai Kalinic scored in both fixtures but now he has joined league rivals Ac Milan. Juan Cuardado will also meet his former side where he played from 2012 to 2015 before joining Chelsea and then permanently signing to Juventus.
These two big clubs of Italy as let the fixture run for 157th time with Juventus routing their fellow opponents 73-33, 50th time they have drawn each other.
Howedes, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Khedira and Pjaca are close to returning from injury but will either not feature or given the start in this fixture with such an important derby upcoming this weekend.
Attacking midfielder Riccardo Sapornara will not play the fixture due to injury. Expect him, coach Stefano Pioli will start the same 11 which competed against Bologna last weekend.
PREDICTED LINE UP
JUVENTUS: Buffon, Lichsteiner, Rugani, Chellini, Asamoah, Pjanic, Matuidi, Cuardado, Dybala, Bernadeschi, Higuain
FIORENTINA: Sportiello, Gaspar, Pezzella, Astori, Biraghi, Veretout, Badelj, Chiesa, Benassi, Dias, Simeone