Verdict: Home win
Best Odds: 1/2
The new edition of Derby della Mole will be nothing more than the opportunity for both sides to earn the bragging rights in the city of Turin, although Juventus do have a unique chance to clinch their sixth successive Serie A trophy by defeating their local rivals, with Torino obviously hoping to spoil the party.
This is turning to be quite a season for Italy’s most popular club, who are still in the race for three major trophies, and, as things stand now, they have a decent shot at winning the treble. Another Serie A trophy is already in the bag, as the Bianconeri head into the final four fixtures nine points clear of second-placed AS Roma, having not been punished for the 2-2 draw against high-flying Atalanta. On the other hand, Juventus have largely impressed in the Champions League and Wednesday’s 2-0 triumph over Monaco at Stade Louis II means they have all but booked a ticket for the final in Cardiff. When we also take into an account that the Old Lady are set to face Lazio in the Coppa Italia final, Max Allegri and his side have got to be congratulated for what could be a resounding success. It goes without saying that Juventus cannot afford to relax just yet as two major finals are on the horizon, but the excellent performance against Monaco is enough to suggest they are fully focused on task at hand.
Important midfielder Sami Khedira returns from European suspension, but Marko Pjaca and Daniele Rugani are out injured.
Having finished the previous campaign in 12th position, we can say that current ninth place in Serie A is an improvement for Torino, but let’s not forget that Granata were hoping to join the chase for European positions. With just 49 points in 34 games, it is clear that is not going to happen, although we have seen some promising performances from players like Andrea Belotti, Adem Ljajic, Daniele Baselli, Davide Zappacosta and Marco Benassi. It is now up to the club board and head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic to keep the talented squad together and attempt to get the maximum out of it, as this Torino side clearly deserve to be playing European football. The best they can hope now is to prevent Juventus from celebrating the league trophy in Derby della Mole and prove they have what it takes to match the best Italian sides. Torino head into the high-profile game in good spirits having gone six games without a defeat, although that was one of the strangest runs in recent history. While they shared spoils with Inter Milan, Udinese, Crotone and Sampdoria at home, Granata defeated Cagliari and Chievo on the road, and who knows, they could make it three away wins in a row.
Sinisa Mihajlovic will stick to his new 4-2-3-1 formation, with Marco Benassi returning to the side and Lorenzo De Silvestri out injured.
Key Factors to Consider
- Torino are unbeaten in last six fixtures (W2 D4)
- Granata won last two away games in Serie A
- Juventus won last four meetings with Torino
- The Bianconeri won last seven home games vs Torino
- Juventus kept 6 clean sheets in last 7 matches
Juventus are high on confidence after the triumph over Monaco, and even if Max Allegri decides to rest some of the starters for the return leg, the Bianconeri should be able to extend the excellent run in meetings with the Principality Club.
Verdict: Home win
Best Odds: 1/2
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