Juventus are set to welcome Bologna at the Allianz stadium for Sunday’s lunch time kickoff.
Although Andrea Pirlo’s squad should be head and shoulders above their Emilian opponents, we’ve seen the Old Lady struggling on multiple occasions this term while playing against even weaker sides, with the likes of Benevento and Crotone in mind.
Despite the opposite results, the last two matches were not actually all that different and it is unclear whether that is a positive or a negative thing. Hirving Lozano, like Arturo Vidal few days before, had a point-blank opportunity around 15 minutes into the match, but Wojciech Szczesny pulled off a great save and allowed the Bianconeri to keep patiently looking for a crease to open up on the other end. It took a corner kick and a fortuitous bounce for it materialize, Cristiano Ronaldo pounced and the contest changed, while the Nerazzurri defended spotlessly for the entirety of the clash.
As well documented, the Old Lady leads the League in possession with a decent margin, but that has not led to a consistent number of clear-cut changes, nor it has prevented the opponents from creating one or two major scoring opportunities in each tilt and avoiding those would actually the whole point of controlling the ball.
Juventus will be welcoming Bologna for the Serie A fixture at 5:00 PM IST at the Juventus Stadium on Sunday. Juventus has acquired the fifth spot with 33 points while Bologna has occupied the 12th spot with 20 points.
Juventus played 17 matches out which they won nine, lost two games and had a draw on six occasions. On the other hand, Bologna also had 18 matches, they won and drew five games each while lost eight games.
After facing a 2-0 defeat against Inter Milan last weekend, Juventus bounced back by conquering the Italian Super Cup over Napoli in midweek. This victory must have increased the side’s confidence ahead of their upcoming game.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’ side currently sits in a respectable 12th spot in the league standings with 20 points. And whilst they may have conceded 31 goals so far – which is a little bit more than expected – their tally of 24 goals scored is a decent one.
Juventus have been quite inconsistent in their maiden campaign under the tutelage of Andrea Pirlo, whose methods have not produced the most ideal of results at times. As things stand, the Bianconeri sit 5th in the Serie A standings, having managed to win just 9 of their 17 games till date.
The defending champions, though, will be brimming with confidence after winning the first trophy of the season this week, having beaten Napoli to lift the Supercoppa Italiana. Bologna, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold, winning just 5 of their opening 18 league games and are 12th on the table. The Rossoblu, though, come into this game having ended ended a run of eight games without a win last weekend.
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Their most troublesome issues under rookie coach Andrea Pirlo have been a disjointed midfield and in defence, where the Bianconeri have curiously kept just three clean sheets to date – despite having one of the best ‘goals conceded’ columns on the peninsula.
Certainly, that is where their weaknesses were exposed by the ruthless counter-attacking of experienced Inter last week, as Pirlo’s men capitulated in the Derby d’Italia.
Subsequent victory in the Supercoppa has proved a pleasant distraction from their recent travails, as they have slipped ten points off the furious pace set by would-be ‘Winter Champions’ Milan – albeit with a game in hand.
Ahead of next week’s eminently winnable Coppa Italia quarter-final tie with Serie B side SPAL, Bologna’s visit would appear to present a perfect opportunity to keep the pressure on in the Milan clubs’ rear-view mirror – with the Emilian outfit a regular whipping boy for the Old Lady.
Fresh from the Italian Super Cup triumph over Napoli on Wednesday, Juventus have already started planning for their weekend encounter against Bologna in round 19 of Serie A.
Whilst the 2-0 victory over Napoli undoubtedly raised the morale of the squad, the Bianconeri still find themselves trailing by ten points in the league table – although with a match in hand – and their current fifth spot doesn’t sit well with anyone involved within the club.
Therefore, Andrea Pirlo’s men can no longer afford to commit mistakes in the domestic league, and on Sunday they must find their way through their Rossoblu opponents when the two sides meet at the Allianz stadium.
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