Preview: Torino vs Juventus – prediction, team news, lineups
With a major European victory poised to propel them after a slow start to Serie A, on Saturday night Juventus will visit city rivals Torino at the Derby della Mole.
The first Turin Derby of the season represents an opportunity for Max Allegri’s men to continue their national renaissance, while their hosts will feel confident as they are one place ahead of Juve in the standings and are unbeaten in four. games.
Having returned to the stereotype against the European champions in the middle of the week, Juventus achieved an excellent 1-0 victory over Chelsea in which their performance has been labeled a “defensive masterclass”.
By denying the Premier League team a single shot on goal during their Champions League encounter, Juve were able to nullify all their expensive attacking talent acquired by adopting the methods of years past. As a result, after two games they have six points and have yet to concede a goal, taking a big step towards qualifying for the round of 16.
After beating Spezia and Sampdoria in recent league matches by the same score of 3-2, the Bianconeri have also bounced back to 10th place in the table after previously suffering the ignominy of a relegation zone spell. , unthinkable under Allegri’s previous reign.
Since his return to the Juventus bench, things have certainly not gone well for the former Milan manager, but three consecutive victories provide the opportunity for his team to sign the next international break with victory in a local matter. intensely disputed.
The Old Queen reigns supreme in derbies, having lost just one of the last 30 Serie A meetings with Torino and kept a clean sheet in 62% of their away matches since the turn of the century. Not only that, but Juve have also scored each and every time during that period, and at a rate of almost two per game.
However, their fans will be eager for them to take advantage of the excellent efforts of Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci and their defensive colleagues in the middle of the week, as Juventus have conceded in each of their last 20 Serie A matches. A goal to their former rivals on Saturday would mean matching the club’s longest streak without a clean sheet in competition, a record set in 1955.
While their more illustrious cousins on the other side of the city division have recovered from a rocky start in league action, Torino have sailed fairly serenely with new coach Ivan Juric, as they went through September undefeated, winning and tying two of their matches. four accessories.
Without a doubt, the Croatian manager has worked hard to bolster Granata’s notoriously weak defense, and his team has conceded the fewest shots in Serie A this season, some 29 fewer than Juventus. In total, Torino has seen fewer than eight attempts per game threatening Vanja Milinkovic-Savic’s goal so far, representing their best rate since this data was first recorded in 2004.
So given their positive start, Saturday’s game will be the first time they’ve faced Juve with both teams tied on points in six years, although they could have built up an advantage over the Bianconeri if they had held a one-goal lead. versus the hyped Venezia last time.
Allowing Mattia Aramu to equalize Josip Brekalo’s first goal in the second half was a source of much frustration for Juric, who previously did wonders for Verona and is now looking to win over the Toro faithful with a Derby win on his first attempt.
However, finding goals can be a source of concern as star forward Andrea Belotti remains out of a team that has only scored more than once in a single game against Salernitana.