On February 28, the last day of winter, the famous Turin derby will take place. Juventus will host Torino. The teams will play in the 24th round of the Italian Serie A.
“The Bianconeri are in an unenviable position because of the famous history with the sanctions. The Italian soccer authorities punished Juve for the sins of the previous club management. The team were stripped of 15 points, which significantly affected the chances of Massimiliano Allegri’s charges to qualify for the Champions League via Serie A.
Whatever the case may be, Juventus are currently sitting in seventh place in the Italian league standings and are not ready to give up without a fight. They are 12 points away from the Champions League zone, but Allegri’s side have long since become accustomed to methodically stamping out wins with a minimum score and waiting patiently for their rivals to falter.
In terms of personnel matters, almost all the key players for Juve are healthy, which can not but gladden Allegri. The only thing is that Paul Pogba, who has been suffering a lot, still cannot “come out” of the Sickbay, but everyone got used to the absence of the Frenchman. Since his return to Turin in the summer of 2022, Pogba has not played a single (!) official match.
Ivan Juric’s team also contends for a place in the European competitions. “The Bulls are aiming for the Conference League. “Toro somewhat spoiled their position by unexpectedly playing a draw against Serie A outsider Cremonese. Moreover, Torino easily avoided embarrassment by coming back from a 2-1 deficit. By the way, Cremonese hasn’t won a single (!) Victory in 23 rounds of the Italian championship.
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- Toro have not known success in a face-to-face encounter with Juventus for a long time. The last derby victory was on April 26, 2015.
- Turin derbies do not often pamper sophisticated viewers with results. In three games in a row the teams have failed to break the bookmakers’ total of more than 2.5 goals.
Juventus continue to fight on three fronts and are ready to delight their fans with another success in the derby. Whatever Allegri said at press conferences (like “I never play 1-0”), the Bianconeri are used to winning with a minimum scoreline. We assume that something similar will happen now.
As for Torino, it’s also difficult to attribute Juric to the adherents of bright and attacking soccer. In big matches, the Bulls play extremely cautiously, preferring to act on the counterattack. Juventus have had problems defensively, but it seems that Allegri has been able to rectify the situation. Perhaps we should not expect productive and sparkling soccer, so we should consider betting on the total of less than 2.5 goals.