Juventus have a good recent record at the Reggio Emilia, scoring exactly three goals in five of their last eight matches against Sassuolo here, including the last four in a row.
Sassuolo are still on course to secure a third consecutive top-half finish despite an inconsistent run of Serie A form across their last five matches. They lost 1-0 at Cagliari in their most recent outing, however having beaten six of the current top-eight already this season, Alessio Dionisi’s men may be confident of getting back on track here. One of those opponents was actually Juventus, and Sassuolo are now looking for their first-ever Serie A H2H double following that famous 2-1 victory in Turin earlier in this campaign. That was only their second competitive victory over the ’Bianconeri’ since their promotion in 2013, but that shouldn’t deter Sassuolo who hold an impressive record of losing to a better-positioned team in the table at home just twice all season.
A 1-1 draw to nine-man Bologna in their last Serie A outing only added further pressure on Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, with some fans even calling for the return of former boss Antonio Conte! A Coppa Italia victory over Fiorentina in midweek did alleviate some of that pressure, but Allegri isn’t doing a very good job of winning over critics after stating his side need to focus on ‘defending better’, despite scoring the fewest goals of any top-half side in the division (50). Juventus have a good recent record at the Reggio Emilia, scoring exactly three goals in five of their last eight matches against Sassuolo here, including the last four in a row.
A repeat of that scoring prowess would not only see Juventus strengthen their position inside the top four, but would also see them win four consecutive Serie A away matches for the first time in over three years!
Sassuolo’s second-highest Serie A scorer Gianluca Scamacca (13) recently extended his contract with the club – three of his last four league goals arrived inside the first 30 minutes. In contrast, opponent Dusan Vlahovic has scored three of his last four Serie A goals beyond the hour mark, including Juve’s recent equaliser against Bologna. The home side on the day wasn’t ahead at half-time in any of the last eight H2Hs.