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Serie A | Gameweek 25
Feb 17, 2024 at 5pm UK
Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi
Juventus logo

Hellas Verona
2 - 2

Folorunsho (11'), Noslin (52')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Vlahovic (28' pen.), Rabiot (55')

Preview: Hellas Verona vs. Juventus - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Serie A clash between Hellas Verona and Juventus, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Recent events have left Juventus trailing behind in this season's Serie A title race, so the Turin giants will aim to get back on track when visiting Hellas Verona on Saturday.

A tally of one point from three games sees Juve in danger of losing their grip on second place, while Hellas have won only once this year to slip further into danger.

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Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic and teammates look dejected after Federico Gatti scores an own goal on February 4, 2024© Reuters

After their Scudetto hopes took a blow due to defeat in the Derby d'Italia, Monday's home loss to Udinese then left Juventus seven points behind Inter Milan - now 10 - and instead looking over their shoulders.

Failing to score for the second straight game, Juve were undone by relegation-threatened opposition at the Allianz Stadium, extending their winless streak to three matches - improving AC Milan are now just one point behind.

Following a free-scoring run of five consecutive league victories - plus success over Frosinone in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals - Max Allegri's men have suddenly stalled.

Therefore, a meeting with one of their favourite opponents this week will be welcome - particularly as Napoli, Lazio and Atalanta BC lie ahead on the Bianconeri's March fixture schedule.

Ahead of Saturday's trip to Stadio Bentegodi, Juventus have taken 26 points from 36 available on the road this term, and they will still expect to prevail, regardless of recent form.

Having won each of their last four league matches versus Verona without conceding a goal - most recently taking maximum points late last year, through a stoppage-time strike by Andrea Cambiaso - Juve are rarely beaten by the Gialloblu.

Hellas Verona coach Marco Baroni reacts on January 6, 2024© Reuters

Without a win through 33 Serie A games against Juventus in Turin, following their 1-0 loss in October's reverse fixture, Verona do not tend to fare much better at the Bentegodi.

In fact, against any visitors, Hellas have posted just three wins from 11 league games at home this season, and when allied with a dire away record, that leaves them stuck inside the bottom three.

Marco Baroni's men were held to a 0-0 draw in Monza last week, both extending their winless streak to four matches and also highlighting a lack of attacking threat since selling Milan Djuric and Cyril Ngonge during the winter transfer window.

For the second season in succession, Verona have accrued fewer than 20 points at this relatively late stage of proceedings, so a relegation battle again lies in store for fans of the Gialloblu.

After narrowly avoiding the drop via last year's relegation playoff, then led by former coach Marco Zaffaroni, Baroni is relying on a raft of loans and low-cost January signings to bail his current side out of danger - but they have yet to make much impression.

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Team News

Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic celebrates scoring their first goal on September 16, 2023© Reuters

After watching last week's loss from the stands, Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic should overcome a thigh problem to play on Saturday, having taken part in full training.

The Serbia international was Serie A's 'Player of the Month' after scoring six goals during January - half of his overall tally - but Arkadiusz Milik is also vying to join either Federico Chiesa or Kenan Yildiz up front.

Moise Kean, Mattia De Sciglio and Mattia Perin are still sidelined by injury; while Danilo returns from suspension, his fellow Brazilian Bremer must now serve a one-match ban.

Meanwhile, Verona may only be missing Juan Manuel Cruz this weekend, as Tomas Suslov is back in contention after being suspended against Monza.

Suslov's return could see Suat Serdar make way, while Polish forward Karol Swiderski will aim to follow his first start since arriving on loan from Charlotte FC by holding off the challenges of Thomas Henry and Federico Bonazzoli.

Hellas Verona possible starting lineup:
Montipo; Tchatchoua, Magnani, Dawidowicz, Cabal; Folorunsho, Duda; Noslin, Suslov, Lazovic; Swiderski

Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Gatti, Rugani, Danilo; Cambiaso, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Yildiz, Vlahovic

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We say: Hellas Verona 0-1 Juventus

An impressive start to 2024 has dramatically tailed off in recent weeks, so Juventus will be content with victory by any means at the Bentegodi. Ever the pragmatist, Max Allegri is certainly not averse to a one-goal win, and Verona's minimal menace should aid Juve's wily head coach.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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