Having the possibility to take the lead of the Italian Championship season 2017/2018, Juventus visits the Chievo this Saturday, January 27. The duel is part of the schedule of the twenty-second round and will be held at the stadium Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Vernona. The start is scheduled for 17:45 (Brasília time).
Chievo’s recent performance
Chievo completed this week two months without achieving a victory. Since the end of November he has made eight games losing five and tying three times. The negative series caused their elimination in the Glass of Italy and the fall in the classification of the Italian Championship.
With 22 points (five wins, seven draws and nine defeats), the Verona team occupy the thirteenth place. His only mission until the end of the tournament is to avoid relegation. In this respect, the situation is not so worrying. It has six points of advantage in comparison with the Spal, eighteenth placed and first in the region of the sticking.
In addition to the concerns about the fast of victories, coach Rolando Maran still has to manage medical problems of important players. Alessandro Gamberini (15 matches in the Italian League without a goal), Lucas Lucas (13 matches, two goals) and strikers Roberto Inglese (18 matches, seven goals) and Riccardo Meggiorini (eight matches, without a goal).
The current form of Juventus
Juventus suffered their last defeat in the second half of November. It has been 12 games without losing, being in ten of them finished like winner. He is still in contention for the Italian Cup, where he will play the semifinal against Atalanta, and have a chance to take the top spot in the Italian Championship on Saturday, even temporarily.
With 53 points (17 wins, two draws and two losses), Juve are in second place. The difference for Napoli, leader, is only one point. Having a top goalscoring deficit (35 to 32), even the draw will make Turin’s alvinegro spend the evening at the top of Serie A, as the Neapolitans will only enter the field on Sunday to face Bologna.
Coach Massiliano Allegri also has important medical problems and will depend on new exams to know who he can count on in the match in Verona. One of the athletes in injury treatment is left-back Alex Sandro (14 games in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, one goal). A concussion caused him to leave earlier in the win against Genoa 1-0 on Jan. 22 at the close of the twenty-first round. There is still no prediction as to when it will resume.
Also doubtful for the confrontation the defender Benedikt Howedes (a game, no goal); Juan Cuadrado (14 matches, three goals), Sami Khedira (14 matches, three goals) and Claudio Marchisio (eight matches without a goal); and striker Paulo Dybala (19 games, 14 goals).
History of the matches between Chievo and Juventus
Juventus have beaten Chievo in the last four times the teams have been facing each other. The undefeated series, however, is more extensive. It reaches 15 games (10 wins and five draws).
Although facing a large number of contusions with important players in this list, Juventus has enough cast in number and quality to be considered the best option for the confrontation with Verona. The price is 1.33 on Bet365. Draw shows return of 5.00. Chievo’s success multiplies the investment by 9.00. Quotes were in effect at 15:00 on 1/25/2018.