At the time set to try to increase the audience of the Italian Championship in China, Torino and Juventus will face this Sunday, February 18. The ball will roll at 8:30 am (GMT) at the Olympic stadium in Turin. The clash is part of the schedule of the twenty-fifth round of Serie A in its 2017/2018 season.
Torino’s recent performance
A series of three wins and two draws made Torino dream again with the possibility of reaching a place in European competitions. With 36 points (eight wins, 12 draws and four losses), he is in ninth place.
The difference for Sampdoria, which closes the continental tournament ranking zone in sixth place, is five points. It’s not an easy quest, but it has gotten closer with almost certain scoring in home games. Of 12 matches in their domains, Torino scored in ten (five wins and five draws).
The calendar also collaborated with coach Walter Mazzari. While the rival had a midweek commitment to the UEFA Champions League, he can prepare for the Turin derby with virtually all of his squad available. The only exception was the Brazilian defender Lyanco (four games in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, no goal). He is recovering from a foot injury that took him out of the last seven games.
The current form of Juventus
The fatigue was not the only negative balance of the duel against Tottenham on Tuesday, February 13. There was also the moral shock. Juventus scored 2-0 in less than ten minutes. It ended, however, yielding the tie by 2 to 2 for the English. His top scorer, Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain (23 games in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship, 14 goals) wasted a penalty when alvinegro was ahead on the scoreboard. The definition of the place in the quarterfinals will be held in London.
The coach Massimiliano Allegri adopted an optimistic tone and showed some irritation at the end of the match. This attitude may reflect on Sunday, in which the club for the fourth consecutive round will enter the field first than Napoli, leader.
In the previous three, Juventus managed to win and overcome the rival. But then he saw the Neapolitans retake the tip. They have one more point than Albingro, who has 62 (20 wins, two draws and two losses) over 24 rounds.
It will not only be a possible excessive wear of the athletes that will influence the ladder and strategy that Allegri should use for the match. The medical department of the club will also play a key role, as it will be responsible for saying whether defenders Andrea Barzagli (17 games, no goal), Benedikt Howedes (a game, no goal) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (18 games, no goal); the socks Juan Cuadrado (14 games, three goals) and Blaise Matuidi (20 games, two goals); and striker Paolo Dybala (19 games, 14 goals) will be able to play.
History of the matches Torino vs Juventus
Juventus have not lost the Turin derby for seven years. There were six wins and one draw in the period. Only in the current season, the classic happened twice. The first one, for the Italian Championship, had a thrashing of Juve by 4 to 0. The second one, in the Glass of Italy, again finished with success alvinegro. This time by 2 to 0.
Although it has more technical quality, the Juventus faces many medical problems that must cause significant embezzlements for the classic. Added to the atmosphere of rivalry, the draw appears as a good guessing option. Has a price of 3.80 on Bet365. Victory of the owners of the house pays 4.75 and success alvinegro yields 1.70. Quotes were in effect at 7:09 pm on 2/15/2018.