SPAL vs Juventus : Juventus hosts SPAL on Matchday 6 in Serie A play on Saturday with the Old Lady looking for some more momentum before returning to Champions League group stage play this week. Juve is undefeated in the league with a 4-1-0 record but still trails Inter Milan by two points in the table.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28
Time: 9 a.m. ET
Location: Allianz Stadium — Turin, Italy
TV channel: None
Odds: Juve -400 | SPAL +1100 | Draw +450
This team is still chasing Inter, who are off to a 5-0-0 start. Juve is 4-1-0 and right on their tails, with this potentially the weekend they catch Inter with Antonio Conte’s team taking on Lazio. For Juve, the key is not to overlook SPAL with a big Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. Juve has conceded just two goals in their last three league games.
Juventus are currently two points below Inter in the standings, having collected 13 points from 5 games, following their 2-1 victory against newly-promoted Brescia this midweek. With the Nerazzurri scheduled to play Sampdoria later on Saturday, Maurizio Sarri’s side have a chance to dislodge them off the top of the table and put pressure on their challengers with a victory at home.
SPAL are stationed in the 19th place after a disastrous start to the new season. Leonardo Semplici’s men have collected just 3 points from 5 matches (W1 L4) and find themselves in a difficult position this early into the season. While a trip to Turin is a daunting prospect, SPAL can draw confidence from the fact that they beat Juventus 2-1 in their last meeting at home.
Ahead of the latest meeting between Juventus and SPAL at the Allianz Stadium, we at The Hard Tackle take a closer look at both the teams.
Gli Spallini are one of only two teams in Italy’s top flight – the other being basement side Sampdoria – to lose four of their five matches this season. They are also have the joint-worst defensive record with 11 goals conceded, and it is a tough ask for the visitors to pick up a positive result this weekend.
SPAL started their campaign with back-to-back defeats to Atalanta BC and Bologna but did manage to record an impressive 2-1 victory over Lazio on September 15. Semplici’s team were unable to build on that result, though, and have lost their last two against Sassuolo and Lecce – conceding six times and scoring just once.
The White and Blues showed last season that they can compete at this level having finished 13th – they also beat Juve on home soil during the 2018-19 campaign and were not embarrassed in the away game with the champions only running out 2-0 winners in front of their own supporters.
SPAL also have two attackers in decent form this season with Andrea Petagna and Federico Di Francesco both managing two each in the league thus far, and the visitors will likely need a strong performance from the pair if they are to stand a chance of picking up a positive result in Turin.