Juventus-Hellas Verona: Team news, stats, and prediction

After a tough defeat against Napoli, Juventus bounced back with a commanding win against Fiorentina and reinstated their three-point lead atop the table over fierce rivals Inter. Hellas Verona, by contrast, are unbeaten in their last seven and most recently recorded a clean sheet against Simone Inzaghi’s high-flying Lazio.

While the bianconeri are going into Verona as favourites, the hosts have proven tough to break down and can go toe-to-toe with any side. In their first game against each other, Juventus came out narrow winners, thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick. With the return game taking place in Verona, expect it to be a tight affair.

Since making the leap to Serie A, Ivan Juric has implemented an extremely solid 3-4-1-2 formation and has relied on his water-tight defence to get results. Kumbulla, Gunter and Rrahmani have formed an incredible partnership at the back and have led Verona to an unlikely push for European football.

In fact, only Italy’s top three have conceded less goals than Verona this season. Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri deserves his fair share of credit as well, and has been one of the league’s better shot-stoppers this season. With Juventus coming into town, Juric’s resolute defence will have every chance to prove themselves.


Sarri will have to do without Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral at the back while Federico Bernardeschi is a doubt going into Saturday’s affair. Brazilian international Danilo is also expected to miss the clash against Verona.

According to recent reports, Sarri will deploy Douglas Costa alongside Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the only certainty in attack is their Portuguese superstar as Higuain and Ramsey could also get the nod, as per Gazzetta dello Sport.

Otherwise, Sarri appears to be sticking with the midfield trio of Rabiot, Pjanic and Bentancur, with Matuidi making way for his fellow compatriot.

As for Verona, their classic back three of Gunter, Rrahmani and Kumbulla will get the nod. In the midfield, Juric is not looking to shake things up and will likely field Veloso, Lazovic and Amrabat. In attack, it’s currently a toss-up between Zaccagni and Borini while the former is currently rumoured to start.

Probable XI’s

Juventus: 4-3-3 Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Costa, Dybala, Ronaldo.

3-4-2-1 Silvestri; Rrahmani, Gunter, Kumbulla; Faraoni, Veloso, Amrabat, Lazovic; Pessina, Zaccagni; Verre.


- In their last six clashes against each other, Juventus have emerged victorious four times while Verona won once.

- There have been over 2.5 goals in Juve’s last ten Serie A games.

- Ronaldo has fourteen goals in his last nine Serie A games.

- Verona’s leading goalscorer has three goals on the season. Defence.


While Verona have been resolute at the back all season, they’re coming off a tiring game away from home against Lazio and now have to host an in-form Ronaldo. Considering this, I expect Juventus to extend their lead at the top with a narrow win over Verona. It may not be pretty, but the bianconeri will get it done.

Juventus-Verona: 1-0.

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Serie A Round 14 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Last weekend saw Italian calcio resume for Serie A round 13 on the peninsula. With that, came plenty of noteworthy results and performances to support them.

Argentine duo Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain carried a lackluster Juventus to a 3-1 win over Atalanta in Bergamo, while Giacomo Bonaventura and Hirving Lozano arrived on the scoresheet in a 1-1 stalemate between AC Milan and Napoli at San Siro. Inter’s strike-force Lautaro Martínez and Romelu Lukaku lead the attacking assault as Antonio Conte’s side smooth sailed to a 3-0 win v Torino to keep pace with the Bianconeri at the top of the table.

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Round 9 of the 2019/20 Serie A season is upon us after what was an exhilarating, goal-packed round 8 last weekend off the international break.

Lazio and Atalanta played to a six-goal thriller in which the former overturned a three-goal deficit to pick up a point at home. Sassuolo and Inter saw seven fly into the net while Parma ambushed a free-falling Genoa side 5-1 which resulted in Aurelio Andreazzoli’s sacking and Thiago Motta’s hiring.

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Serie A Round 7 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Last weekend in Round 6 of the 2019/20 Serie A season, the current league’s top six clubs in the table each pulled out victories, most notably Antonio Conte’s Inter making it a perfect six wins with their 3-1 result over cellar dweller Sampdoria at the Marassi.

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Four Talking Points Ahead of Napoli’s Clash with Juventus


Stars collide on Sunday in Naples at the Stadio San Paolo as Juventus and Napoli will author another chapter in their heated rivalry.

Back in late September, the Partenopei, led by Carlo Ancelotti, leapt out of the gates early with a Dries Mertens strike 10 minutes into proceedings in Turin. From there on however, ‘the Old Lady’ established dominance once again over their league rivals, as Mario Mandžukić equalized then grabbed the lead before Leonardo Bonucci put the bow on the victory with Juve’s third in the final quarter-hour.

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Spalletti deserves criticism for handing initiative to Juventus in Derby d’Italia


“It’s unfortunate that we lost, but we were the team that had the bigger chances during the game. But this is Juventus’s strength: we more than matched them, but they know how to fully capitalise on their opportunities. We didn’t manage to find the back of the net, however. We could have got a better result tonight, but we’ll try to take good heart from the good things we did tonight: on Tuesday evening, we have to win at San Siro in front of our fans, who are always fantastic.” Continue reading

Spalletti: “We did well for long spells, but we’re still too careless at times”


Luciano Spalletti was understandably frustrated by the manner in which his Inter side were defeated 1-0 by Juventus in tonight’s showpiece Derby d’Italia at Allianz Stadium in Turin. Indeed, the 59-year-old Tuscan made it perfectly clear to the media after the match that he was not satisfied with the way his players handled themselves during the crucial moments, particularly during the second half. Here is what he said: “We did quite well in the game, the team played some great football but we got things wrong at certain times which cannot happen against Juventus. Continue reading

Why Inter must take a proactive approach against Juventus on Friday night


“I would absolutely not be content with a point at the Juventus Stadium. We go there to play it without fear, as that must be the mentality of a sportsman.” Those were the words of Inter captain Mauro Icardi in response to a question about the Nerazzurri’s plan of attack ahead of Friday night’s crucial Derby d’Italia against the Bianconeri. Continue reading

Is the Messi show enough?


Argentina’s disappointing display against Iceland saw them fail to break down a side that, on paper, should have been easily dispatched.

A lot of criticism fell on the shoulders of their talismanic striker Lionel Messi, whose performance failed to live up to the high standards that he has set for himself -  his dismal afternoon culminating in a poor penalty that would have secured his country an important three points.

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Napoli e Juventus, per lo Scudetto è sfida a due

Paulo DybalaÈ sfida Napoli – Juventus per lo Scudetto, questo il responso della  21° giornata di Seria A.  I partneopei hanno espugnato Marassi con un roboante 2-4 centrando la quattordicesima vittoria stagionale, la quinta consecutiva, mentre i bianconeri hanno spento definitivamente le speranze scudetto della Roma, vincendo lo scontro diretto per 1-0, grazie all’ennesima perla di Dybala. I bianconeri hanno così ottenuto l’11° vittoria consecutiva che li proietta al secondo posto della graduatoria a soli due punti dal Napoli capolista.  Gli uomini simbolo di entrambe le squadre sono gli attaccanti, da una parte Higuain e dall’altra Dybala.

Il “Pipita” sta attraversando una stagione strepitosa e si è trasformato in una macchina goal infallibile. Con la rete messa a segno con la Sampdoria ha raggiunto quota 21 reti in campionati, con una media reti di un gol a partita, qualcosa di semplicemente pazzesco. Non a caso il Napoli può vantare il miglior attacco del campionato con 45 reti messi a segno per una media superiore ai due goal a partita. Oltre ad Higuain, un grosso contributo alla causa azzurra è stato portato da Insigne che con 9 reti realizzate sta vivendo la migliore stagione da quando milita nelle file del Napoli. A questo aggiungiamo un rigenerato Hamsik, che nel ruolo di interno destro sta esprimendo il meglio dl suo potenziale ed ha già raggiunto quota 5 reti, pur non essendo più il rigorista del Napoli.  Gli azzurri, inoltre sono la squadra  che ha subito meno sconfitte, solo due  per la precisione, frutto dei ko esterni con Bologna e Sassuolo. Con le big, invece gli uomini di Sarri hanno sempre ottenuto risultati positivi, avendo sconfitto Juventus, Roma e Fiorentina (tutte per 2-1) e pareggiando a reti bianche con l’Inter.

Dall’altra parte abbiamo una Juventus che in forma strepitosa. I bianconeri hanno innestato il turbo compiendo una rimonta che ha dell’incredibile.  Basti pensare che alla fine di ottobre, a seguito della sconfitta con il Sassuolo i bianconeri avevano undici punti di svantaggio sulla Roma.  In soli tre mesi i bianconeri hanno mangiato 21 punti ai giallorossi,  portandosi a più dieci sugli storici rivali. Il volto della riscossa juventina ha il nome di Paulo Dybala.  L’attaccante argentino, dopo un inizio sottotono è letteralmente esploso contribuendo a 19 dei 38 goal realizzati dalla Juventus con 12 reti e e 7 assist. Tra l’altra tutti i goal messi a segno da Dybala, sono stati realizzati con il mancino,  neanche Messi ha saputo fare meglio di lui con il piede sinistro. Allegri poi ha potuto beneficiare del recupero degli infortunati, in primis quello di Khedira che garantisce equilibrio a centrocampo.  Si prospettano 5 mesi di fuoco per la Serie A, la lotta Scudetto è pronta ad entrare nel vivo.