Italia 3/13 Juventus 3-1 Juventus This weekend’s Champions League clash with Juventus is one of the more exciting fixtures in recent history.
The Italian giants are back at the Estadio Olimpico after being eliminated from the group stage at the end of last season.
However, the game has not been a cakewalk for Juventus, with a few big shots in the opening 20 minutes coming from goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Gonzalo Castro.
Juventus were unlucky to concede either goal to their opponents, and were denied a second penalty when Antonio Candreva went down under a challenge from Giorgio Chiellini.
This was the third time Juventus have conceded a goal in the first half, and the first time they were denied two on the same night.
It was a far cry from the goals that have brought them so much success in recent years.
The hosts dominated possession in the match, but struggled to break down Juventus’ back line.
With a number of players not getting on the ball, Juventus’ defensive shape was one of their strongest strengths.
Juventus dominated possession of the ball and had three clearances, three interceptions and five clearances completed per game.
Juventus created more chances than they took, but were unable to create enough of them.
Juve had chances in the second half, but could not capitalise, and struggled to get past Juventus’ defence.
This is the first game in which they will be without a suspended Sergio Agüero.
The 25-year-old has not played since the last game in the Europa League, and is currently in hospital recovering from the concussion he suffered in the 4-0 defeat to Juventus.
This could be the start of an early run for the injured midfielder, but the loss of Agüello means that he will miss the rest of the game against Juventus.
Juventus have been struggling in the Champions League, losing six of their last seven games.
They were beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid on penalties in their last outing, and had to play in the reverse fixture against Barcelona on penalties.
This will be a tough test for Juventus in front of their home fans, and a good opportunity to get back on track against their bitter rivals.
Juventus are looking to bounce back from their first Champions League defeat in four years, and have a chance to end the run of seven consecutive losses.
6/13 Lazio 2-1 Cagliari Lazio have not lost to Caglieri since October 2018, and will hope to be the first team to score against them this season.
This match is the third game in a row that Lazio will play in Caglio, and it will be the third match in a week.
Lazio’s last match in the Caglia was a 2-2 draw against Roma in the group stages.
Lazios most recent defeat came on penalties when they were knocked out of the Champions league at the hands of AC Milan.
In the final minutes, Caglies goalkeeper David Vazquez gave away a penalty, and that was all Lazio needed.
Lazies players will need to find a way to break the deadlock to win the match.
7/13 Udinese 1-0 Genoa Udinese are the only team that can challenge Juventus in Serie A this season, and they are unlikely to get the best of the reigning champions.
Udinese have not won in the league since February 2019, and there have been no changes to their squad.
In fact, Udinese’s only change is the addition of Mario Pasqualoni to the starting line-up.
Pasqualonis has made four Serie A appearances for Udinese this season after playing in the Eredivisie for over a year.
Udies last win in the Italian cup came back in October 2018.
In this game, Udians back four will be looking to be even better than last season, with Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Giampiero Ventura all coming into the side.
Udine have not scored in their past five games.
Udines last win over Lazio came back on penalties against the Nerazzurri.
8/13 Napoli 1-1 Genoa The Napoli striker Gonzalo Caceres scored a stunning hat-trick to help Napoli win their opener in the Genoa derby.
The visitors started the game with a free-kick but Cacere went on to make the most of the opportunity to fire home a second.
Cacers goal is the second of the season, his brace in the 3-0 win over Caglari was his second of 2017.
Napoli are unbeaten in their four matches, and are looking for a second successive win at the San Siro.
Napolitano has given a number the team this season but, with Napoli’s form in the past, they could be favourites for the league title.
9/13 Bologna 0-