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Match Preview: Juventus vs Bologna

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Italian football returns following October’s international break, with the eight round being on schedule this weekend.

​Juventus continue their quest for a ninth successive Serie A title this evening, as they host Bologna at 20:45 (CET).

The Bianconeri finally took over the top of the table from Inter, beating them 2-1 right before the international break. They are now the only unbeaten side in the league with 19 points out of 21 available to this point of the 2019-20 campaign.

Bologna saved a point against Lazio in the previous round, as Joaquin Correa missed the opportunity to win the game for the visitors, hitting the crossbar from his late penalty kick.

They are currently sitting in 11th place on the table with nine points from the opening seven games of the season.

Team news

Sarri is dealing with a minor injury crisis at the back, with neither of Giorgio Chiellini, Danilo and Mattia De Sciglio fit and available for the game.

The Juventus absentees list is completed by Brazilian winger Douglas Costa and reserve goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

Bologna, on the other hand, have just two men missing through injuries – defenders Mitchell Dijks and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Gary Medel will also miss the trip to Turin due to suspension, as he was sent off in the 70th minute during the 2-2 draw against Lazio.

Talk to the press

Juve boss Maurizio Sarri, who is chasing his first domestic title as a manager, believes Bologna is a dangerous side to play against.

“In view of each game and the circumstances, we decide whether to use 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2. The players have to be ready to adapt to both formations, just like they have done up to now.

“Bologna are one of the sides who have impressed me the most in the first part of the season,” said Sarri via the Juventus official website.

“The rankings in the table right now are not important, we have to concentrate on putting in great performances. It’s always difficult starting again after the international break, it’s not easy for the players and there are a lot of risks.”


Juventus have totally dominated Bologna over the past 20 years, as they have registered 26 wins in the past 35 encounters with the Rossoblu, losing only once in the process.

Bologna’s only win over Juventus in the 21st century came on the road though, a 2-0 win back in February 2011, thanks to Marco Di Vaio’s double. This is the only time the Old Lady failed to win the net against the Red and Blues in the past two decades.

The Bianconeri have won each of their past six Serie A meetings with this opponent though, after the 1-1 draw in September 2011.

Maurizio Sarri is still unbeaten as a Juventus manager, noting seven wins and two draws across all competitions. He has won each one of the four games he led the club at the Allianz Stadium.

Bologna is on a four-game streak without a win in top-flight Italian football, collecting only two points of 12 available.

Five of Juventus’ six wins in Serie A this season came with a one-goal margin, as they defeated SPAL 2-0 in the game that’s left.