Verdict: Juventus win
Best Odds: 5/6
In a showdown between two sides who find themselves battling it out at opposite ends of the Serie A table, Juventus will make the trip to Genoa on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, crashing back down to earth last weekend with another flat display, it appears that Genoa are freefalling their way out of Serie A this season. Last seen getting hit with a 1-0 loss away at Sampdoria, the Grifone find themselves sat down in 19th and two points adrift of breaking out of the relegation zone. Knowing that they face a tough end to the 2021/22 campaign as they face back-to-back meetings against Juventus and Napoli, Head Coach Alexander Blessin will be desperate for his side to pull off a miracle here. While Genoa might have managed to pick up a much-needed 1-0 win at home against Cagliari on April 24th, it appears that was just a minor boost for the Liguria-based outfit. Losing four of their last five Serie A contests, a run highlighted by a 4-1 drumming at home against Lazio last month, Friday’s hosts have also gained a reputation for their rather glaring issues in the final third.
Stefano Sturaro is expected to feature on Friday night despite dealing with a recent knock.
However, Genoa will be without the likes of Zinho Vanheusden, Nicolo Rovella, Andrea Cambiaso, Lennart Czyborra, Nikola Maksimovic and Roberto Piccoli here.
As for the visitors, while Genoa might be limping their way over the finish line, Juventus should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Last seen over the weekend picking up a 2-1 victory at home against Venezia, the Italian giants have already confirmed another Champions League spot for next season. Head Coach Massimiliano Allegri finds his side enjoying a five-match unbeaten run across all formats. Booking their place in the final of this year’s Coppa Italia after a 3-0 aggregate win against Fiorentina, the Old Lady should be smelling the chance to lay down another marker here. With attacking talisman Dusan Vlahovic already racking up 23 strikes this season, Juventus should also be boosted by a rampant record against Friday’s opponents. Including a 2-0 win when they welcomed Genoa to Turin back on December 5th, Allegri’s squad are unbeaten in their previous six meetings against the relegation scrappers.
Juventus have confirmed that the quartet of Federico Chiesa, Manuel Locatelli, Kaio Jorge and Weston McKennie will not feature on Friday night.
Likewise, the Old Lady are also sweating over the fitness of Mattia De Sciglio and Juan Cuadrado.
Key Factors to Consider
When Friday’s opponents faced off in Turin back on December 5th, Juventus picked up a 2-0 victory.
Likewise, the former Italian champions are unbeaten in their last five domestic contests, recording four wins.
Genoa have lost four of their last five Serie A contests.
Friday’s hosts have also scored just a pair of goals in those five matchups.
Juventus are unbeaten in their previous six meetings against the relegation scrappers, recording five wins.
Already securing another Champions League spot for next season, Juventus will be smelling the chance to keep up their recent purple patch on Friday night. Bouncing back from that stunning European defeat at the hands of Villarreal, the former Italian champions are in the midst of a recent five-match unbeaten run. Likewise, securing a routine 2-0 victory when they welcomed Genoa to Turin back on December 5th, the Old Lady do hold a rather rampant record against the relegation scrappers. Unbeaten in their last six meetings against the Grifone, a run that has seen them pick up five victories, it is hard to see anything other than another successful night’s work for Juventus.
Verdict: Juventus win
Best Odds: 5/6
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