Time for Juve to ramp it up
Juventus host Hellas Verona at the Allianz arena on Sunday evening during Serie A's gameweek 5. Only 1 point separates the pair which is more down to Juve's rocky start rather than Verona's brilliance but the northern Italian's should not be underestimated.
The Bianconeri find themselves in somewhat of a transitional phase with new coach and former player Andrea Pirlo eager to implement his own ideas and style of play.
Juve's return of 2 wins and 2 draws from their first 4 games is highly interesting when delving a little deeper into the specific results and opposition. Their 3-0 victories against Sampdoria and Napoli were excellent and showed both the potential of Pirlo as well as the squad at his disposal. Two of the standout performers included Ronaldo, obviously, but also new guy on the block, Dejan Kulusevski who's speed and dribbling ability have already granted him a solid spot in the starting lineup.
Juventus still looking for consistency
However, their draws against Roma (2-2) and Crotone (1-1) will be seen as missed opportunities. Despite going a man down around the 60th minute in both games Juve's performance both at the front and back were simply not up to the standard a club of Juve's stature expects.
Despite winning 3 their last 4 games against Sundays opposition, Verona have been somewhat of a thorn in Juve's side. This matchup has a tendency of producing very close affairs with the last 3 games all finishing 2-1. Juventus should prepare themselves for yet another hard-fought battle on Sunday.
Verona have kicked off the season with 2 wins, a draw and a defeat racking up the goal-difference of 4-1. They have been defensively astute whilst still being able to offer some offensive threat which will go a long way in helping them finish in the upper-half of the table as they did last season.
Ivan Juric's men will have been disappointed after their 0-0 draw against Genoa after having dominated the majority of the game as well as missing a fantastic chance in extra-time. Verona's positive start to the season will have them brimming with confidence but has also proved that they are not to be taken lightly, no matter the opposition.
Travelling to Turin to face Juventus is a daunting task but one i feel Verona will be up to, especially given the fact that they managed to beat them during their last fixture with 2-1 despite it being on home-soil.
If Juve can avoid yet another red card, i do not see any reason as to why or how Juve won't win this, especially given the fact that they are excellent when playing at home. I will be backing a Juventus win and under 3.5 goals 2.10 with Betway.