Juventus vs Monza Match Analysis & Prediction
19/01/2023 11:00 pm
Looking to shake off a humbling end to their winning run last week, Juventus return to action in the Coppa Italia on Thursday, as they take on Monza for a spot in the quarter-finals.
On the back of an eight-game winning streak without conceding a goal, and knowing if they left Stadio Maradona with maximum points they would reduced Napoli’s lead at the Serie A summit from seven to four, Juventus kicked off last Friday’s blockbuster as serious Scudetto contenders.
However, their once steadfast defence was blown wide open again and again, 5-1 the final result, with Angel Di Maria’s goal proving the most minor of consolations.
From their best run in years to their worst defeat in any competition for three decades, Juventus have certainly experienced a bitter blow, perhaps surpassing their group-stage Champions League exit, which featured defeat to Maccabi Haifa, and now staying in the top four is surely the limit of their ambitions.
Set to meet Nantes in the Europa League next month, Juve can seek solace in cup competitions instead, so they will particularly keen to clear their first hurdle on Thursday, at home to in-form opponents.
In one of several setbacks in his less successful second stint in charge, Max Allegri saw his side beaten 1-0 at Monza back in October, when Di Maria received his marching orders just before the break.
On that occasion, former Juventus winger Raffaele Palladino had just stepped into the Monza dugout as caretaker coach, and the Lombardy club were bottom of Serie A in their first attempt at the Italian top flight.
Following their unexpected upset of the Old Lady under Palladino – now permanently in charge – Monza have recovered from a start of just one point from six matches to reach mid-table security approaching the halfway stage of the season.
Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Cremonese lifted Monza 12 points clear of danger, which is much more what their owners hand in mind when acquiring several established Serie A starters following promotion through the playoffs.
Monza’s route to the Coppa Italia’s last 16 took in another pair of 3-2 victories over Frosinone and Udinese in the earlier rounds, but they now step up in class upon making the trip to Turin.
Juventus vs. Monza Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just two occasions, where they have each claimed a victory, scoring two goals each in the process.
Juventus Team News
After the return to full training of both Juan Cuadrado and Dusan Vlahovic, they could complete their removal from the Juventus’ overpopulated injury list.
Paul Pogba is nearing a return to the side, but will not feature just yet, while Kaio Jorge, Mattia De Sciglio and Leonardo Bonucci remain absent.
Juventus's Last 5 Matches
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Monza Team News
Monza have Juventus loanee Nicolo Rovella absent through injury once again, while Dany Mota’s participation is also in doubt due to a muscular problem.
Mota’s absence will see either Christian Gytkjaer or Andrea Petagna start up front, while summer signing Alessio Cragno may be offered a rare start in goal if current goalkeeper Michele Di Gregorio is rested.
Monza's Last 5 Matches
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Juventus vs. Monza: Odds and Predictions
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