Juventus moved back to the top of the table following a 1-2 win in the Derby d'Italia against Inter Milan before the international break. Though it's still too early to say where the Scudetto will head to this season, the Nerazzurri still let go a brilliant opportunity to make a statement of intent early in the season.
Had Inter won that game, Juve would have been five points behind in the points table. That would have been an alien situation for the defending champions who have almost walked away with the last 8 Serie A titles. Hardly challenged. There would have been pressure on Maurizio Sarri and his troops. And nobody knows now how Sarri would have gone about his business in the now hypothetical-looking situation.
Now the reality is that Juve are back on their lofty perch. They are top and will be looking for another win when Bologna visits Turin for a matchup in Serie A at Juventus Stadium.
The visitors come into this match on the back of a four-game winless run. They had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home against Lazio in the last league fixture before the international break.
The Serie A match will be played between Juventus and Bologna at Juventus Stadium (Allianz Stadium), in Turin, Italy. The ground has a capacity of 41,507.
The game will start at 12:15 AM (IST), on Saturday, October 20.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Juventus – D W W W W W
Bologna – W L D L D D
Juventus Team News:
Club captain Giorgio Chiellini alongwith Marko Pjaca, Mattia De Sciglio and Douglas Costa, remains out injured these days.
Sarri confirmed that striker Mario Mandzukic is not training with the squad. The former Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid striker is not in Sarri's plans, it seems after not getting a place in Juve's Champions League squad for the group stage.
It seems Emre Can is also surplus to requirements at Juventus after meeting with the same fate as of Mandzukic's.
Expect some changes from Sarri:
That's because of the availability of both Aaron Ramsey and Danilo for this game. Ramsey and Danilo both missed Juve's 1-2 win over Inter Milan with injuries. So expect a shake-up in the playing 11, more so, because Juve have a Champions League assignments against Lokomotiv Moscow after this game.
Sarri also revealed that both Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are fit to play against Bologna.
“I think Dybala and Higuain are both suitable for playing against Bologna,” Sarri said.
The former Chelsea manager also said that he will continue to use Juan Cuadrado as a full-back for the time being. Though, Danilo is fit and will push for a start at right-back.
Juventus Probable XI:
Szczesny (GK), Danilo / Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro, Rabiot, Pjanic, Matuidi, Ramsey / Bernardeschi, Higuain, Ronaldo
Bologna FC Team News:
Gary Medel is out of contention due to the red card he received in the 2-2 draw against Lazio.
Tekehiro Tomiyasu and Mattia Destro are both out injured for Bologna. The duo is joined by left-back Mitchell Dijks who failed to shake off the knock.
Goalkeepers: Lukasz Skorupski, Angelo Da Costa, Fallou Sarr
Defenders: Mattia Bani, Gabriele Corbo, Stefano Denswill, Danilo Larangeira, Ladislav Krejci, Ibrahima Mbaye, Nehuen Paz
Midfielders: Blerim Dzemaili, Andrea Poli, Jerdy Schouten, Roberto Soriano, Mattias Svanberg
Attackers: Riccardo Orsolini, Rodrigo Palacio, Nicola Sansone, Federico Santander, Andreas Skov Olsen
Bologna Probable XI:
Skorupski (GK), Mbaye, Danilo, Denswil, Krejci, Dzemaili, Poli, Orsolini, Soriano, Sansone, Palacio
Likely to score:
JUV vs BOG Dream11 potential winner:
Juventus are favourite to win the game.