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Preview: Juventus – Benevento

Juventus continue their chase at the top of the Serie A table, as they are currently third, three points below leaders Napoli. Today, they will receive the visit of Benevento, who are bottom of the table, with no points after 11 matches.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

There are huge contrasts in this first ever meeting between Italy’s most decorated team and Serie A (SA) debutants Benevento. The visiting minnows qualified for SA in dramatic fashion, scraping out narrow wins through the playoffs. They now face their biggest challenge yet, away to 33 times league champions Juventus.

Juventus have opened the season well (W9 D1 L1), but still find themselves trailing Napoli and Inter in the table. Their 33 goals scored, however, is the best in the league and at home they have averaged 2.67 goals scored per game.

For Benevento, SA has proven a brutal step up in quality. Their 11 games have resulted in 11 losses so far (GD: 4-29). They might find some slight consolation in that they have scored 3 of their 4 goals in the last 5 games – they only found the net once in the first 6 matches.

They will find no consolation looking at Juventus’ home statistics. Over the last 3 seasons before this one (57 games), Juventus have recorded 50 wins, 6 draws and only 1 defeat, averaging 2.23 goals for and just 0.45 against. Good luck, Benevento!

Paulo Dybala opened the season in blistering form, netting 11 goals. However, only 1 of those goals has come in the last 5 matches. Striking while it’s hot, the young Argentine has scored 2+ goals on 3 occasions in SA already this season.

 

Missing players

Juventus: M. Benatia (ankle injury), B. Howedes (thigh injury), S. Lichtsteiner (injury)

Benevento: A. Costa (muscle injury), M. D’Alessandro (doubtful).