The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a surprise 1-0 defeat to newly promoted outfit Monza on September 18, while Bologna lost to Empoli at home, with a similar scoreline a day earlier.
Juventus will host Bologna in a Serie A fixture at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday night. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a surprise 1-0 defeat to newly promoted outfit Monza on September 18, while Bologna lost to Empoli at home, with a similar scoreline a day earlier. Juventus are occupying eighth position in the Italian top flight standings, with 10 points from seven games, while the visitors are sitting at the 16th spot having collected just six points thus far.
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Juventus are already behind the pace set by their potential title rivals and are desperate to get three points this weekend. Last time out against Monza, Christian Gytkjaer’s lone goal in the 74th-minute separated the two sides and handed Bianconeri their first league defeat of the season. Massimiliano Allegeri’s side played the majority of the match with a man less after Argentine winger Angel Di Maria was sent off, five minutes before the break. Juventus’ last victory was back in August, against Spezia, therefore Allegri is under severe scrutiny from all sides.
Bologna, on the other hand, lost to Empoli courtesy of Filippo Bandinelli’s 75th-minute strike. It was the Red and Blues’ third league defeat of the campaign. Prior to that, Bologna got the better of Fiorentina 2-1 courtesy of goals from Musa Barrow and Marko Arnautovic. It was the Petronians’ first Serie A win of the season. The Felsinians have won just one of their 13 away games in the league since the turn of the year.
Juventus midfielders Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesa are sidelined with long-term injuries. Meanwhile the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Adrien Rabiot and Manuel Locatelli are back from injuries and are likely to feature on Sunday. Di Maria is unavailable due to a red card suspension. Therefore Arkadiusz Milik is expected to join Dusan Vlahovic up front. As for Bologna, Austria international Arnautovic is likely to spearhead the attack with Sansone in support. Meanwhile striker Barrow is sidelined with an injury.
Juventus probable starting lineup: Szczesny, Bremer, Bonucci, Danilo, Cuadrado, Locatelli, Paredes, Rabiot, Kostic, Milik, Vlahovic
Bologna probable starting lineup: Skorupski, Soumaoro, Medel, Lucumi, Kasius, Schouten, Dominguez, Soriano, Cambiaso, Sansone, Arnautovic
The Serie A match between Atalanta and fiorentina will take place at Allianz Stadium on Monday at 12:15 am IST.
|Juventus vs Bologna||key details|
|Date||October 2 (Italy)|
|Kickoff time in Italy||8:45 pm (Sunday)|
|Kickoff time in India||12:15 am (Monday)|
For the football fans in India, live coverage of the Serie A matches are available on sports18 network. Meanwhile those in Italy can catch the live action via DAZN network and Sky Go Italia.