Having endured an uncharacteristic period of struggle, Juventus aim to get back on track in 2022-23, and they kick off their campaign with a home fixture against Sassuolo on Monday.
While Massimiliano Allegri’s side finished fourth for the second straight season, Sassuolo slipped to 11th despite some typically enterprising displays, including a 2-1 victory over Juventus in October.
The season that started with the hasty departure of Christiano Ronaldo for Manchester United and featured the January arrival of striker Dusan Vlahovic ended in mediocrity for Juve, as they only had Champions League qualification to show for their efforts across a testing 12 months.
Allegri’s return to the touchline could not alt their decline, losing both the Supercoppa Italiana and the Coppa Italia final to Inter, and changes have been plentiful this summer, with captain Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala having moved on.
However, re-signing Paul Pogba plus bringing in Filip Kostic, Angel Di Maria and Bremer – the latter replacing Matthijs de Ligt – has sparked hopes of a revival among the Juve faithful.
Meanwhile, Sassuolo have won just once away to Juventus in Serie A, losing seven of nine matches to date, but they came out on top in their most recent visit last autumn, earning a 2-1 win.
Sassuolo have established a reputation as one of the most entertaining teams to watch in Serie A, and despite some early difficulties, they managed to finish 11th in Alessio Dionisi’s first season at the club since succeeding Roberto De Zerbi.
However, with Giacomo Raspadori still leading the line, Sassuolo slumped out of the Coppa Italia at the first round stage last week, losing 3-2 at Serie B side Modena. Their chances of silverware are already over for another year, hardly the perfect preparation for a trip to Turin.
Juventus vs Sassuolo head to head
The two teams have previously met on 19 occasions across all competitions, where Juventus have claimed 14 victories while Sassuolo have won two, and they have drawn in three. Juventus have scored 46 goals and conceded 17. In their last five meetings, Sassuolo have won one while Juventus have won four.
Juventus 3-1 Sassuolo 10/01/21
Sassuolo 1-3 Juventus 12/05/21
Juventus 1-2 Sassuolo 27/10/21
Juventus 2-1 Sassuolo 10/02/22
Sassuolo 1-2 Juventus 25/04/22
Juventus latest home form
Juventus have recently failed to keep a good run of form at home, having won just two of their five most recent matches. They lost 4-0 to Atletico Madrid in their last home game in a friendly. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded 11.
Juventus 2-1Venezia 01/05/22
Juventus 2-4(E) Inter Milan 11/05/22
Juventus 2-2 Lazio 16/05/22
Juventus 2-0 Guadalajara 23/07/22
Juventus 0-4 Atletico Madrid 07/08/22
Juventus latest away form
Juventus have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their five most recent matches. They lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in their last away game in a friendly. In their last five matches, they have scored five goals and conceded nine.
Sassuolo 1-2 Juventus 25/04/22
Genoa 2-1 Juventus 06/05/22
Fiorentina 2-0 Juventus 21/05/22
Barcelona 2-2 Juventus 27/07/22
Real Madrid 2-0 Juventus 31/07/22
Sassuolo latest home form
Sassuolo have recently been on a good run of form at home, as they have won each of their three most recent matches. They managed to defeat Vis Pesaro 4-1 in their last home game in a friendly. In their last five matches, they have scored 10 goals and conceded six.
Sassuolo 1-1 Udinese 07/05/22
Sassuolo 0-3 AC Milan 22/05/22
Sassuolo 3-1 Jablonec 16/07/22
Sassuolo 2-0 Sudtirol 21/07/22
Sassuolo 4-1 Vis Pesaro 04/08/22
Sassuolo latest away form
Sassuolo have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their seven most recent matches. They lost 3-2 to Modena in their last away game in the Coppa Italia. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded 13.
Cagliari 1-0 Sassuolo 16/04/22
Napoli 6-1 Sassuolo 30/04/22
Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo 15/05/22
Reims 2-2 Sassuolo 31/07/22
Modena 3-2 Sassuolo 08/08/22
Allegri is set to be without first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny due to a thigh injury, while Moise Kean and Adrien Rabiot are both suspended.
Paul Pogba is ruled out until next month due to his meniscus injury, with long-term absentee Federico Chiesa also set to remain absent for the hosts.
Sassuolo have Gianluca Scamacca’s exit to deal with, with fellow forward Hamed Traore being ruled out by a foot injury, while Maxime Lopez is suspended for the first game of the new season.
Captain Domenico Berardi will seek to build on a tally of 15 goals and 14 assists in Serie A last season.
Prediction and Odds
Due to disruption in personnel plus a series of injuries and suspensions, Juventus may struggle to settle in to the new Serie A campaign at the first attempt.
Sassuolo regularly recover from losing their best players, including Manuel Locatelli to their hosts, so it could be of good value for a first-day draw.
Odds: 1 2.20 X 2.05 2 2.28
Juventus 0-0 Sassuolo
Juventus 1-1 Sassuolo
Juventus 2-2 Sassuolo
Juventus 1-0 Sassuolo
Juventus 0-1 Sassuolo