Preview: Sassuolo vs Juventus
Hosts Sassuolo may sit in eighth spot, but the Neroverdi have built their reputation as a team that thrive on causing problems for the bigger teams in Serie A. They will be looking forward to doing just that when Juventus come to their home ground in Wednesday as a European spot, while it's not likely a possibility, isn't totally out of reach for the outfit for Emilia-Romagna. Roberto De Zerbi's side six just six points behind Napoli, who have already secured their spot in the Europa League thanks to their victory in the Coppa Italia, and there are six rounds of Serie A to go - so anything can happen between now and then.
The Neroverdi have been in excellent form since the league's restart. Save for a heavy 4-1 loss to Atalanta - which really, isn't surprising considering how La Dea seem to be steamrolling everyone lately - they are unbeaten in all their games, with two draws and four wins from their last six fixtures. That includes again proving to be a nuisance for Inter as they twice clawed their way back to secure a point in an entertaining 3-3 stalemate, and pretty much destroying Lazio's Scudetto hopes by beating the Aquile 2-1 in their most recent match.
They've also already managed to nick a point against Juventus earlier this term, during which the Bianconeri were saved by Cristiano Ronaldo's coverted penalty to avoid would have been an embarassing loss at their home ground in December.
As for Juventus, they come into this game having had to settle for a point for the team of the moment: Atalanta. A pair of penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to make sure that Maurizio Sarri's men didn't end up losing back to back matches following their surprise 4-2 defeat to Milan earlier in the week, and it goes without saying that La Vecchia Signora will be keen on making sure they pick up all three points against the stubborn Neroverdi. Next up on their menu is a clash with Lazio. Although the Scudetto race seems to be effectively over, if Juventus slip up here and Lazio win their match against Udinese, their eight point lead will be cut to five ahead of their showdown with the Aquile.
That's not a position Sarri will want to find himself in with four games to go till the end of the season.
Team news: Sassuolo vs Juventus
Sassuolo: Pedro Obiang, Gregoire Defrel, and Filippo Romagna are all out due to injuries.
Juventus: Giorgio Chiellini, Sami Khedira, Merih Demiral, and Mattia De Sciglio are all still on the treatment table. In addition, Juan Cuadrado will miss the trip to Sassuolo's home base due to suspension.
Match facts: Sassuolo vs Juventus
- Juventus have won their last three away matches against Sassuolo across all comps
- Sassuolo have beaten Juventus just once in their entire history (D2 L10)
- However, that win was at their home ground in October 2015 (1-0)
- Current Sassuolo boss De Zerbi has never beaten Juventus (D1 L5), while Sarri's record vs Sassuolo is (W3 D5 L4)
- After their 2015 win, Sassuolo lost their next seven meetings with Juevntus, home and away, before managing to earn their 2-2 draw in Turin this season
Where to watch Sassuolo vs Juventus live on July 15, 2020
Sassuolo vs Juventus kick-off at 12:45 PST/15:45 EST/19:45 GMT/21:45 CET
USA: Rai Italia Nord America, ESPN+
Italy: Sky Sport Uno, SKY Go Italia, Sky Sport Serie A, NOW TV
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Sassuolo vs Juventus Broadcast Information
Stadium: MAPEI Stadium - Città del Tricolore (Reggio nell'Emilia)
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