Juventus are set to host a struggling Palermo side this evening in Turin with hopes to secure a sixth straight victory.
Despite the Sicilian side’s recent challenges, Bianconeri manager Massimiliano Allegri praises the new head manager and ensure his side will not take them lightly.
According to thescore.com he states, “Since Lopez arrived Palermo have been a lot tighter. We have to make sure we’re quick, and aggressive. No joking. You pay for every mistake. I don’t want us taking the wrong approach.”
Juventus are enjoying a season of stellar football once again as they are currently seven points ahead of Luciano Spalletti’s Roma. In what has been not an entirely easy campaign for Juventus, this side are surely finding brilliant form ahead of this tie.
Allegri has made some tactical changes that have been benefiting Juventus’ attack. Known for his goal scoring antics, Paolo Dybala has shifted from striker to centre attacking midfielder, exploiting playmaking abilities fans have never seen before. The Argentina international has only recorded five goals and three assists on the year however his recent form suggests these statistics will improve.
As expected, 90 million Euro man Gonzalo Higuain is on top of the Serie A score sheet with 18 goals this campaign along with Roma forward Edin Dzeko. His performance against Cagliari was superb as he notched in two clinical finishes to silence the Stadio Sant’Elia in Cagliari.
In this upcoming fixture, Andrea Barzagli is expected to rest.
Juventus hope to secure a comfortable victory in front of the home crowd not only for the purposes of increasing the point differential with Roma, but also to gain momentum as they travel to Portugal on Wednesday to face Porto in the Champions League.
Last season Juventus fans remember the heartbreak against Bayern Munich in the round of 16. In the first leg La Vecchia Signora came back from a two-goal deficit at home, and coughed up a two-goal advantage on the road, only to perish in extra time to the Bavarians.
Kick off this evening is at 7:45 PM GMT, 2:45 Eastern Standard Time.