Serie A matches end on Sunday at the Allianz Stadium, with Juventus and Salernitana facing each other in the first half. Although only three points separate the two sides before kick-off, there should be a huge difference in quality at hand. Bianconeri The upper hand is here.
This wasn’t the best start for Juventus as the club’s fans grew louder as they tried to hasten Massimiliano Allegri’s departure. After an outright 1-1 draw with Fiorentina last time out, the Serie A champions lost somewhat predictably to a 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League midweek.
Allegri has set a bad record of two wins out of five league games this season (D3) and has become a hugely unpopular figure in Turin. Thus, any failed attempt to lock in all three points against Salernitana in the middle of the standings could mean the end of his second lackluster spell at Juventus. However, visitors have already proven that they are not very easy this season.
Davide Nicola’s men have not lost in four consecutive Serie A matches (W1, D3) since a narrow 1-0 loss at home to AS Roma in the opening weekend. Just last weekend, Salernitana drew 2-2 at home to Empoli as Boulay Dia, who signed in the summer, raised his season tally to three goals and helped his side turn around from an early delay before conceding a late net.
Allegri must be aware that his team’s Serie A start (W2, D3) in which his team was unbeaten in five matches (W2, D3) has not yet affected the demanding Juve bosses. Juventus’ disappointing home performance dating back to last season could not cheer up the Turin supporters either. Bianconeri He has won only three of his last seven league matches at Allianz Stadium (D3, L1).
Although it’s fair to say it’s not a solid foundation for them to try to reclaim the Scudetto for the first time since 2019/20, Juventus still have plenty of time to improve. Salernitana’s next visit to Turin may prove useful. Allegri’s boys have won four of the six previous Serie A matches Grenade (D1, L1), accumulate five clean sheets in that period.
For years, Juventus seemed like an impenetrable team, but their glory days are long gone. Coming into this confrontation, Leonardo Bonucci and his teammates have kept just one clean sheet in four competitive matches. But on the bright side, Dusan Vlahovic & Co have scored within ten minutes of playing in their last three Serie A matches.
Salernitana chose himself after giving up the opening game to score in back-to-back Serie A draws in preparation for this trip. This is a testament to the tremendous willpower of the team and the head coach of the fighting spirit that Nicola has built over the past few months. But they will have to play off the field to maintain their undefeated streak in all four games.
Worryingly for Salernitana, they lost all six away games against teams from Piedmont, conceding an average of 3.5 goals per game. That could change this weekend, as Granata are unbeaten in their last six away matches (W2, D4), including four straight draws prior to this match. With three of them getting the same score 1-1, low scoring could be a topic here.
There’s no doubt that Salernitana wouldn’t mind another share of the loot, however they would have to ditch their socks to get it. In fact, they have lost their previous two Serie A visits to Juventus by scoring two goals or nothing, suggesting that they have no recipe for Allegri’s formation.
Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesa are still a long way from returning to the fold, while Angel Di Maria and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczny are both skeptical. But Juve should be safe and sound in the hands of Mattia Perin, who has been far from exceptional in recent times.
As for Salernitana, Emil Buhenen, Mateo Lovato, Ivan Radovanovic and club captain Franck Ribery are expected to remain on the sidelines due to injury.
Possible Juventus lineup against Salernitana
Juventus (4-4-2): Matthias Perrin; Mattia de Sciglio, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniel Rugani, Alex Sandro; Weston McKinney, Leandro Paredes, Manuel Locatelli, Philip Kostick; Moise Kean and Dusan Vlahovic.
Salerno (3-5-2): Luigi Sepe, Dylan Brun, Norbert Guimper, Federico Fazio; Antonio Candreva, Lassana Coulibaly, Giulio Maggiore, Tony Vilhena, Pasquale Matzucci; Bolay Dia, Federico Bonazoli.