Salernitana vs Juventus. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
US Salernitana 1919 will host Juventus FC in the Serie A 21st-tour match at Stadio Arechi Stadium. The fixture will take place on Wednesday, February 8, beginning at 01:15 IST.
Half of the matches of the current Serie A have passed. We can see who is a real contender for the championship, and which teams this season can’t get their act together and score points by some fluke rather than by confident play.
Two teams that float at the bottom third of the table will meet today in the closing math of the tour. But here we find a certain contrast, with one team basically cruising on the tracks that are predictable for themselves. The other team, however, is truly a victim of circumstance. Salernitana is simply modest and not experienced enough to successfully participate in the top division. While Juventus was hit by a serious scandal and lost points, positive atmosphere because of it.
Curiously enough, in the first round, the rivals had an extremely dramatic encounter. Juventus were 0-2 down, but they managed to come back in the game and even scored a third goal in stoppage time. However, the referee cancelled the goal, triggering a mass scuffle and several suspensions. After the match, it was widely discussed that the refereeing team made a mistake in determining offside in the scandalous moment.
How will it go this time? Will the Old Lady be able to prove that they don’t care about all the accusations and nervousness, or will the newcomer team will ‘feel blood’ to get all 3 points from Zebras? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
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Salernitana News & Current Form:
The team broke their 7-match winless streak in the Italian championship (2 draws, 5 defeats), defeating Lecce in the last match held with a score of 2 – 1. The guests got off to a flying start, which was marked by two goals scored by the 20th minute. Boulaye Dia, certainly the best player of the current Salerno season, was the hero again with a goal (the 8th goal of the season) and an assist. Just three minutes later, the home side scored, but then the emotions on the pitch faded away and the scoreline at the Via del Mare arena remained unchanged.
The club is in its 2nd season in a row in Serie A, and after a break of more than 20 years. By and large, the Garnets should now be hanging in Serie B again, but in the last draw they were saved by luck (a measly 31 points were enough to keep their position in the top division).
Although it is impossible not to note that Davide Nicola again managed in incredibly difficult conditions, heading an outsider in the course of the draw. He was recently fired after a series of setbacks, such as the 2 – 8 loss to Atalanta BC. Having fired the coach impulsively, the president changed his mind a day later. But the specialist persuaded the management to reinstate him. However, the results, in general, were not bad. And, after his reappointment, in the last round, the team with him beat Lecce away.
But Salernitana is still unable to score in Serie A and has conceded in 9 consecutive meetings. The victory in the last match of the championship allowed the club to climb to 14th place in the standings and increase the gap from the relegation zone to 8 points. The team has not won on the home field for 4 games in the top division (2 draws, 2 defeats). However, the club remains vulnerable in defense, conceding more than the rest of the championship, and even at home they often make mistakes in defense, which leads to major defeats. Salernitan is the most unreliable club of the current championship in terms of defensive play with 38 conceded goals.
Juventus News & Current Form:
As for Juventus, after the elimination of points, the team did not look the best and could not win three rounds in a row. The Old Lady are just two points ahead of their current opponent and in case of another defeat will lose several more positions. That’s sure to energize the Turin club’s players, who have an advantage over their opponent in every way.
After dropping 15 points, the team will not drop out of the elite division, but they can probably forget about finishing in the Eurocup zone. However, the players can enter the international arena through victory in the Coppa Italia or the UEFA Europa League, and by all indications, the Black and Whites have already started to treat Serie A with a sleeved hand – the last three rounds without a victory.
It would seem that the club is already punished after the first deduction of points, but no. The prosecutor demands the removal of another 30 points, and then the team from 13th place will drop to last place in the table and will be more than 10 points behind the lifesaving 17th position. In that case, the Turin players will face an uphill struggle for survival. And in the case of relegation – the hardest comeback, because the leaders will probably want to leave the club. There is also news about the sanctions for the other players, not only managers of the club. Tensions are running high and this hung-up situation could seriously hamper the Turin side.
Until a final decision is made, the players, led by Massimiliano Allegri, can only show their best and pick up points. Salernitana, who occupy 16th place, is ideally suited to fill up their piggy bank. Davide Nicola’s team are the most conceded team in the Italian championship.
The Turin team lost to AC Monza in the last match of the championship (0 – 2) and extended their unbeaten streak to 3 meetings in this tournament (1 draw, 2 losses). Moreover, Juventus conceded at least twice in all 3 games, and before that they kept their goal locked for 8 games in the top division. After that, however, they beat SS Lazio (1 – 0). This victory paves the way for the team to the semifinals of the Italian Cup. The team also faced the division leader SSC Napoli (5 – 1). The outcome shows that Juventus are no match for the strong and aspiring clubs.
Coach commented on the win against Lazio:
“The team as a whole played a good game. The guys showed a good reaction to what was going on, even though it wasn’t easy. We got a painful blow with a 15-point penalty, so also a tough loss to Monza. Tonight the team was on the field, everyone helped each other, defended and attacked, even created some nice combinations, without conceding anything to Lazio. It was a beautiful game, a beautiful victory, which they deserved.”
Arkadziusz Milik and Paul Pogba are out for Juventus, but Dusan Vlahovic, Moise Kean, Angel Di Maria, Federico Chiesa and others are available. They will form the attacking backbone, which will be very difficult for Salernita to cope with. Especially considering how much the team from Salerno has been conceding lately – 14 goals in five games.
Being asked about Pogba, the coach answered:
“A week ago he played a friendly match, showing a good game. The last time he was on the field was in April. It takes time and patience, and we hope he returns as soon as possible. We need him for a quality leap.”
Salernitana form guide: L-L-D-L-L-W
Juventus form guide: W-L-W-D-L-W
Salernitana vs Juventus Head-To-Head Record:
- November 30, 2021: Salernitana 0 – 2 Juventus (Serie A);
- March 20, 2022: Juventus 2 – 0 Salernitana (Serie A);
- September 11, 2022: Juventus 2 – 2 Salernitana (Serie A).
Salernitana vs Juventus Predicted XI:
Salernitana’s possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Ochoa; Troost-Ekong, Bronn, Bradaric; Coulibaly, Bohinen, Vilhena; Candreva, Piatek, Dia.
Juventus’ possible starting lineup (3-5-1-1): Szczesny; Danilo, Bremer, Sandro; Cuadrado, Fagiolo, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Chiesa, Vlahovic.
Statistical preview of the match Salernitana vs Juventus:
- Salernitana’s First XI average age is 28.3 yrs.
- Juventus’ First XI average age is 29.1 yrs.
- In the last 5 games Juventus conceded an average of 2.20 goals per game.
- Salernitan conceded in the last 9 games.
- In the last 5 games Salernitana is scoring an average of 1.20 goals per game.
- In their last 5 games Salernitana conceded an average of 2.80 goals per game.
- Juventus scored in the last 3 games against this opponent.
- Juventus have scored in 12 of their last 14 games.
- Juventus have conceded in their last 3 games.
- Juventus are scoring an average of 1.40 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Salernitana has served at least 4 corners in 16 of their last 19 home matches in Serie A.
What has been said before the match:
Salernitana coach Davide Nicola is anticipating tonight’s game:
“This match is important to see our progress, especially from the point of view of the compactness acquired in the last few matches and in the ability to produce play. For us, every match is a salvation match because it is part of our journey.”
“Given the virtual situation that Juventus has at the moment, it can be considered a direct confrontation but we all know the value of our opponents. Juventus is a team that has achieved eight wins in a row without conceding a goal and then has had a decline that can be there over the course of a season.”
“I expect a very strong team that will want to demonstrate their qualities and be aware of leaving some dynamics off the pitch. We will have to work as a team without ever losing concentration, humility and the desire to help our partner.”
“You can’t make comparisons with the first leg match because so many dynamics have changed. Every single race must be prepared with great attention, improvement only comes through work.”
“We want to play a game that expresses ourselves as a team and shows people that we always want to achieve results. I really appreciate and respect my friend Massimiliano Allegri above all for the way Juventus play on the pitch. Juve are capable of interpreting different systems, have precise game principles and work on spaces, all of which constitutes a surplus of work for the opponent.”
“My players are good, hungry and eager so I am convinced that this team has significant room for growth. Every day we get to know each other more and I notice the different potentials in the individuals.”
Massimiliano Allegri commented on the game with the Garnets:
“A complicated match, an environment driven by the fans and a team that is doing well with Davide Nicola who is doing a great job. It’s important to face them with the right attitude, looking at the league table it’s a direct confrontation.”
“The fact is that we have 23 points. We have to reach 40 points which avoids relegation, it makes me laugh, but that’s how it is. The first objective is to catch those ahead of us.”
“After all, it’s a long season and we have to continue our journey. We are in the semi-final of the Coppa Italia and our aim is to progress in the Europa League as well.”
“We must do our talking on the field, though, without any alibis. To give ourselves goals now is unthinkable. Now we have to reach the team ahead of us and climb slowly. Tomorrow, we have to win because in the last three league games we’ve only got one point.”
Salernitana vs Juventus Prediction:
It remains to be seen whether Juve will roll with the punches in this clash, or whether they could opt for a rotation. Salernitana, in contrast, will be happy to poke a big side which is in a bad mood in front of the home crowd, so a possible home side’s resulting shot is quite plausible. Their efficiency is not bad at all – an average of 1.25 goals per game (11th result in the league).
However, at the same time, the Garnets concede the most in the league (38 in 20 games) – one should not hope that such a poorly defending team will hold Juventus back, and we are more likely to see a large number of goals scored. And in general, Salernitana are far from their optimum conditions and fail to perform well against the grands, even at their home arena.
It is true that Juventus are not in the best frame of mind at the moment, and the priority is more on the UEFA Europa League and the Italian Cup than the domestic league.
But the team will not allow themselves to take this game lightly. The visitors can easily take all three points, given their superiority in class and experience.
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Both teams to score, the match total to be over 2.5 and Juventus to win – Yes.