PRE MATCH: SAMPDORIA VS JUVENTUS

Three wins in a week has Juventus on a roll, as they visit Samdoria, at the Stadio Luigi Ferrari's on Saturday evening.


Ex Juventus manager Claudio Ranieri's team, have won back to back games and are back at the top half of the Serie A table.


After the debacle versus Inter in the Derby D' Italia, Juventus has rebounded nicely by defeating Napoli in the Super Coppa Italia, Bologna, and Spal in the Coppa Italia Quartfinal in convincing fashion.


Andrea Pirlo has the opportunity to rest stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, amongst others and were in complete control vs Spal.

Away from Turin, however, the Bianconeri's form has wavered so far - registering just four wins and as many draws on the road compared to six successes at home.


Adding a win to that record on Saturday would allow Juventus to at least temporarily take third place with a game in hand on most other sides in a seemingly still open Scudetto race.


Successive wins against strugglers Parma and Udinese have helped Sampdoria into 10th place in the Serie A standings at the halfway stage, with the wildly inconsistent Blucerchiati remaining strangers to the draw - with eight wins and nine losses coming in a refreshingly entertaining first phase of the campaign.

Samp have in fact won their last two matches without conceding a goal, with the last time they managed that seemingly modest feat coming back in September 2018 - albeit their most recent opponents were considerably less fearsome than this week's.


Three home wins in their last five for Claudio Ranieri's men also included bringing Inter's long winning streak to an end earlier this month and should provide them with a further measure of confidence ahead of Juve's visit.


Top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Juventus starting side after benefiting from a rare rest in midweek, along with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and Giorgio Chiellini. Both Juan Cuadrado and Federico Chiesa are expected to featurre, on the wings in Pirlos's 4-4-2 formation.

Although Rodrigo Betancur has a minor foot injury and will play, only Paulo Dybala and Dejan Kulusevski are out with Kulusevski suspeneded due to yellow card violations.


Final Analysis

This will be a tough match for Juventus as they take on Sampdoria, who will put up a fight. Juventus has to play well in the back line and not get caught, and score early and often .


Final Score: Juventus 3-0 Sampdoria




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