Juventus

25th October 2020 LIVE

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Stadium: Allianz Stadium (Torino)

Hellas Verona

 

Juventus have not yet shown their best this season, given a squad so rich in quality and depth.

A successful jaunt to Kiev in midweek, though, may have boosted the spirits of Pirlo’s somewhat transitional side.

The effects of such travel could well be felt in the latter stages against Verona, but the Bianconeri are still expected to take maximum points on Sunday.

Playing a day ahead of Milan’s enticing game with Roma gives the defending champions a golden opportunity to re-state their case as favourites for the scudetto, just as doubts about their ability to hold off a closing pack this year begin to rise.

Ronaldo’s absence – along with that of Weston McKennie – is far from insurmountable with such a formidable squad at the command of their rookie coach, and any team which can afford to keep the sublimely gifted Paulo Dybala on the bench, is surely not short of resources.

Even for a side with an almost indecently dominant home record generally, Juventus have particularly enjoyed entertaining Verona in the recent past, having scored in each of their last 14 matches against them.

Remarkably, they have faced the side from Veneto on home soil more than any other current Serie A club without ever losing, although they were defeated at the Bentegodi the last time the two sides met, back in February.