In their 2-2 Champions League draw away to Chelsea on Wednesday Juventus displayed the fight and determination that, in conjunction with their careful use of the ball, was key to last season’s undefeated league title triumph.
One of the main questions coming into this season was whether Juventus would be able to cope with the dual commitment of domestic and European action. This will be tested for the first time on Saturday when they host Chievo at the Juventus Arena (7.45pm BST, Saturday, Sept 22) .
The Old Lady appear to have suffered few ill-effects from their midweek outing, although Arturo Vidal could very well be rested after being rushed back from injury for the Chelsea match. Emanuele Giaccherini, who scored while deputising for Vidal against Genoa last week, would be an able deputy.
Chievo, meanwhile, began their campaign with a fine 2-0 home win over Bologna, but have since suffered two consecutive defeats, to Parma and Lazio, and therefore enter this match low on confidence. They can take some solace in having drawn all four of their most recent encounters with Juventus, but it seems unlikely they’ll manage a repeat this time around.
Betting Tip: Juventus are likely to win, but the odds on them doing so are not particularly attractive. Chievo are not very potent in attack and Juventus are generally very strong defensively. So we suggest backing only Juventus to score @ 10/11 with Bet365.