Having the chance to enter the field knowing the results of their two biggest rivals in the fight for the title of the Italian Championship, Juventus faces this Sunday, December 17, Bologna. As part of the schedule of the seventeenth round, the antepenultimate of the first round, the match will be held from 12 noon (Brasília time) at the Renato Dall’Ara stadium in Bologna.
Bologna’s recent performance
In the previous round, Milan were beaten 2-1 by Milan. The result interrupted a positive sequence of three matches in which the Boltons reached seven of the nine points played with victories over Verona (3-2 away) and Sampdoria ( 3-0 at home) and the draw against Cagliari (1 to 1 at home).
With 21 points (six wins, three draws and seven losses), he ranks eleventh. Staying comfortably in the middle of the leaderboard seems to be the only viable goal for Bologna this season. Although it is much closer to Sampdoria, which has 27 points, it closes the classification zone for European tournaments, than Spal, which opens with 11 points the region of the sticking, the lack of consistency indicates that nothing should be expected except the permanence in Series A.
The current form of Juventus
The ambitions of Turin’s alvinegro are much higher. Winner of the last six editions of the Italian Championship, the team tries to become the first to reach seven consecutive Serie A titles. The start of the season, however, has shown that the Hepta fight will be much more fierce than in previous years.
With 38 points (12 wins, two draws and two losses), Juve is in third place. Completed the sixteenth round a point behind Napoli, second placed, and with two disadvantage in comparison with the Internazionale, leader. The two hands had their appointments for the seventeenth round scheduled for Saturday, December 16.
Although he can count on the advantage of taking the field knowing the results of the biggest rivals, the need for Juventus does not change. The high level of advantage of the first placed makes the victory before a team in the middle of the leaderboard a must.
To reach the three points and extend his undefeated five-game series (three wins and two draws), the Turin team probably will not be able to count on one of its greatest symbols. Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (ten games in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship) is recovering from a calf injury that took him out of the last two matches.
It will be reassessed by the medical department before departure. If it is released, it resumes the position of holder. If it is vetoed, the stand is for the Polish Wojciech Szczesny (six games).
There are also doubts about Swiss right-back Stephan Lichsteiner (13 matches, no goal) and center-back Benedikt Howedes (a game without a goal) who are also under the care of the club’s medical department.
History of the matches Bologna vs Juventus
Bologna have not been able to beat Turin’s alvinegro for 11 games. In the period, started in 2011, were seven victories of Juve and four draws.
Bologna’s home campaign is far from exciting. The club is only the fourteenth best of the A Series in this category with nine points (two wins, three draws and three losses) of the 24 played. Juve has oscillated as a visitor, but shows acceptable performance. It is the fifth best team in that ranking with 16 points (five wins, one draw and one loss) added in 21 disputed.
In addition, Turin’s alvinegro is clearly technically superior. That way, it is the best guessing option. It has a price of 1.45 in Rivalo. Draw pays 4.50 and success of home owners multiplies the investment by 7.00.