Juventus kickstart their hopes of clinching the Coppa Italia after losing it last year. The side welcomes struggling Genoa at the Allianz Arena this Wednesday with a kickoff at 10:45 pm.
Both sides head into the clash coming off league wins last weekend. The hosts look keen to take the first few steps towards a record-extending 14th cup triumph in the spring.
The Old Lady sealed a second successive Serie A earlier in the weekend with a win against a close rival in the standings. The Bianconeri saw off Sassuolo 3-1 thanks to late goals by Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After their crucial win over Milan at San Siro, the win came after ensuring Andrea Pirlo is back in the Scudetto race. On Christmas Eve, the side was on a series of disappointing draws followed by their unceremonious loss to Fiorentina.
Even with the Champions League football back with February coming in, Juventus have several fixtures in the coming days. The side has to contest the Derby Italia with Inter and the Supercopa Italiana final against a Napoli side that was defeated in last term’s cup final.
On the other hand, Genoa made it to the final 16 by wins over Catanzaro and city rivals Sampdoria. It might have been a successive run but landing Juventus is a significant blow given theirs out of form.
Juventus vs. Genoa Head to Head
Both sides have 29 games against each other while Juventus take home 20 wins while Genoa has four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Juventus 3-1 Sassuolo
Milan 1-3 Juventus
Juventus 4-1 Udinese
Juventus 0-3 Fiorentina
Parma 0-4 Juventus
Genoa 2-0 Bologna
Sassuolo 2-1 Genoa
Genoa 1-1 Lazio
Spezia 1-2 Genoa
Benevento 2-0 Genoa
Juventus Team News
Andrea Pirlo expects to rotate his diminished squad. Firstly, there are tight turnarounds with the range of successive big games. Paulo Dybala and Weston McKennie picked up respective injuries at the weekend. Juan Cuadrado, Matthijs de Ligt, and Alex Sandro recently tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating. Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon might starts perhaps his final Coppa campaign.
Genoa Team News
Federico Marchetti will be the first choice for Genoa, who was a backup keep for Buffon. Perin, who is on loan from Juventus, will get a rest for the visiting side. The side will be without the services of Luca Pellegrini and Goran Pandev.
Prediction and Odds
Old Lady can take their eye off the ball this weekend and might set up a less full-strength squad.
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