Juventus v Genoa – Serie A – Saturday 26 January 7:45pm Live on ESPN
The fixture at the Juventus Stadium is an important one at both ends of the Serie A table. Juventus are looking for points to maintain a healthy lead at the top of the table whilst visitors Genoa are in desperate need of points in their bid to avoid the drop into Serie B.
After a shaky start to 2013 with a draw and a defeat in their opening games of the new year, Juve put in a good performance last weekend to destroy Udinese 4-0. Former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba got two goals, including a stunning 30 yard effort which is worth a YouTube search if you haven’t seen it. He’s a massive 11/1 (bwin) to open the scoring again in this one.
They continue to miss key players Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Pirlo, so they won’t be at full strength. But they may not need to be at their best to take the three points.
Genoa are not in great form, as their league position would suggest.They have a new man in charge and Davide Ballardini couldn’t have asked for a more difficult fixture to open his new reign.
They have won just once in their last seven matches in the league and come into the fixture on the back of a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Catania last weekend. If they are to cause the Juventus rearguard any problems, Marco Borriello will have to be on his game. The striker has done the rounds in Serie A and now finds himself spearheading the Genoa attack and is the most likely of their squad to get on the scoresheet. He’s available at 14/1 (Bet365) to open the scoring and 4/1 (888 Sport) to score anytime.
Despite a few key injuries, you have to expect that The Old Lady of Italian football will overcome Genoa with ease.