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Prediction: Juventus vs Torino

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 4 Dec 2020

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Verdict: Juventus win and both teams to score

Best Odds: 7/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

Turning their attention back to Serie A duties on Saturday evening, Juventus will welcome Torino to the Allianz looking to close the buffer at the top of the table.

Juventus

Starting with the hosts, landing themselves what turned into a routine 3-0 victory against Dynamo Kyiv in midweek and already securing their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s tournament, Juventus will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Serie A duties this weekend. Now under the guidance of former icon Andrea Pirlo, the Old Lady open Saturday’s fixtures just about hanging onto their spot in the top-four and they’re six points adrift of leaders AC Milan. While Juve might be yet to taste defeat across all formats since opening the 2020/2021 campaign, they have struggled to pick up maximum points and are seeking some stability. Shocking almost everyone across Europe when putting on a hugely flat display away at Serie A returners Benevento last weekend, Pirlo’s defending champions had to settle for a sluggish 1-1 draw on the road and they have already dropped points against the likes of Crotone and Verona.

Team News

After being given his marching orders last weekend, Juventus will be unable to call upon Alvaro Morata on Saturday.

The Old Lady will also be without both Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon who have failed to overcome injury issues.

Torino

As for the visitors, while Torino might have managed to pick themselves up what was a much-needed 2-1 win against Genoa prior to November’s international break, the Bulls find themselves in the midst of another relegation scrap. Despite just about managing to hang onto their Serie A status after what was a dreadful campaign at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino last year, Marco Giampaolo’s men have remarkably managed to win just one of their last 14 top-flight contests continuing on from last season. Making the trip to Turin already sat two points adrift of safety and having to settle for a 2-2 draw against Sampdoria last weekend, it should also be noted that they suffered a 4-2 defeat against Inter Milan in their last contest on the road. While leading marksman Andrea Belotti might have managed to bag himself seven Serie A strikes in as many appearances so far this season, the Bulls will know they face an unenviable task this weekend.

Team News

Despite picking up a minor knee injury, Torino will be boosted by the news that Andrea Belotti has been given the green light to start in Turin.

However, Saturday’s guests will be without the quartet of Sasa Lukic, Amer Gojak, Mergim Vojvoda and midfielder Daniele Baselli.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in July, Juventus picked up a 4-1 win.
    • Juventus have won each of their last three straight matchups at the Allianz across all competitions.
    • Continuing on from last season, Torino have managed to win just one of their last 14 Serie A contests.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo has recorded seven goals in his last six matchups across all formats for Juventus.
    • Likewise, Andrea Belotti has seven Serie A strikes in as many appearances.

    Conclusion

    Although Juventus might not have managed to find their best form since opening the 2020/2021 campaign, the Old Lady will be smelling a real chance to potentially make up some ground this weekend. Making a return to winning ways with a thumping 3-0 win against Dynamo Kyiv on Champions League duties in midweek, Cristiano Ronaldo and co will be looking to cash in on a Torino side who find themselves in the midst of another relegation scrap. Picking up a 4-1 win when they last faced off against Saturday’s guests back in July, we’re backing a similar outcome in Turin this weekend.

    Verdict: Juventus win and both teams to score

    Best Odds: 7/4

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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