Juventus vs Pescara by Enzo
Juventus did what was needed in previous round and managed to take all three points away to Chievo following 2:1 victory. They controlled the ball from the start and looked like more stronger team, however only managed to break the opponent's defense in 53rd minute with a goal from Mandzukic.
Even though their opponent reacted thirteen minutes later with a goal from penalty kick taken by Pellissier, once they increased the tempo again - it was easy for them to change the things around and instal the lead again, in 75th minute with a goal from Pjanic. Thanks to this victory, Juventus remained to be at the top of the table with four points more than second placed Roma and surely wants an easy victory here, to secure their position but also to boost the morale in front of more important matches.
Defenders Andrea Barzagli (10/0), Giorgio Chiellini (9/2), fowards Marko Pjaca (5/0) and Paulo Dybala (8/3) should be sidelined with injuries here.
Pescara, on the other side, continued in the same style, coming from a 0:4 defeat at home against Empoli before the international break. There is no doubt that the team was happy to see the international break coming in order to have more time to change the things around, but it's hard to believe that we will see some of improvements against such a strong opponent like Juventus is.
Their defeat against Empoli was four consecutive in Serie A, probably even more worrying is the fact that they didn't score in last three matches - but also that their only victory so far in the season came as an Federation decision against Sassuolo. The team currently stands at 18th position at the table, having just two points more than rock bottom placed Crotone and with 1-4-7 record, they surely don't inspire with confidence that the team will be able to stay in Serie A for much longer.
Defenders Michele Fornasier (9/0), Norbert Gyomber (4/0), Alessandro Crescenzi (8/0) and Andrea Coda (3/0) are all injured for this one, as well as midfielder Alberto Aquilani (8/1). Doubtful for this match remains forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (3/1).
- Juventus have scored at least 2 goals in their last 10 home matches (Serie A).
Quality teams' difference and individual difference is so huge here that I can't see past huge Juventus victory here. They weren't playing always up to their level, but now is the time to respond with a high quality performance.