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While the respective champions have already been determined in England and Germany and the corresponding celebrations have taken place, there is no telling in either La Liga or Serie A who will be ahead of the pack after 38 match days. A lot can still happen, especially in Italy, when you consider that all teams have to complete another ten matches. However, the defending champion from Turin has the best starting position.
Bianconeri currently leads the field with a four-point lead over Lazio Rome and was also able to distance third-placed Inter Milan to eight points.
The next step towards the title, the team of coach Maurizio Sarri, who is still waiting for his first major trophy at home, wants to take Tuesday night, because then Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. are guests at the Genoa CFC. For the home side, the current season is once again exclusively about relegation. The Nicola team is currently in 16th place with a point advantage over the first relegation zone.
From the first two games after the re-start, the red-blue scored one point, while the Vecchia Signora “took two wins, which despite the clarity (2-0, 4-0), however, revealed some problems in the game forward. Consequently, between Genoa and Juventus, we would refrain from predicting a handicap success for the guests and would instead trust the stable defensive of the front runner once again.
For the Genoa Cricket and Football Club, the compulsory break came at an extremely unfavorable time. Immediately before the interruption, the team of coach Davide Nicola was in a much improved condition. Thanks to just one defeat from six games and three wins, “Il Grifone” climbed to the saving bank and also left last place.
After the restart, the red and blue are not really going well yet. From the two games at home against Parma and Brescia, only one counter jumped out. In particular, the 1: 4 clap in their own stadium against the Gialloblu bothered the responsible person bitterly. Even at the weekend in the 2: 2 against the direct relegation competitor Brescia, it looked like a defeat for a long time, but despite a temporary 0: 2 deficit, the Rossoblu still fought for one point.
Nevertheless, the situation in the Ligurian capital is still tense, especially since the lead to the first relegation spot could hardly be closer. In addition, the instability of the defensive creates numerous worry lines. Only Lecce has conceded more goals than the country’s oldest existing football club so far this season. 53 hits received in 28 matches correspond to an average of almost two goals conceded per game, which is extremely high by Italian standards.
Attacking, on the other hand, is going very well for the red and blue, who have their best shooters in 36-year-old oldie Goran Pandev. Only in one of the eleven meetings under the direction of coach Davide Nicola, who took office shortly before the turn of the year, did the Grifone remain without their own goal. These statistics should also be the reason why such high odds for a “zero” victory of the favorite are offered between Genoa and Juventus.
However, based on recent impressions, we are skeptical whether the nine-time Italian champion will find solutions to the country’s best defense by far. This is contradicted, for example, by the fact that it has mostly not been enough against the top teams. Two 0: 4 defeats against Lazio Rome and Inter Milan as well as a 0: 0 against Naples underline the offensive calm against compactly defending teams.
The 47-year-old coach Davide Nicola still has to do without his Serbian midfielder Ivan Radovanovic. In addition, the former Italian international Domenico Criscito is not available. Compared to the 2-2 win against Brescia, changes in the starting XI are expected. Goran Pandev and Lasse Schöne would be two alternatives for use from the start.
If we only take the two previous results in the series after the restart as a yardstick for assessing the shape of the “old lady”, this would not only be inconsistent, but would also falsify the conclusion accordingly. Although the Bianconeri took two befitting victories in the first two league games against Bologna (2-0) and Lecce (4-0), there were still many rough spots.
In particular, the 4-0 success against relegation candidate Lecce was not predictable over long stretches of the first half. Only an unnecessary dismissal against the promoters shook the previously stable Union Sportiva alliance. After a 0-0 break, however, after the early 1-0 in the second round, all the dams broke and Cristiano Ronaldo and colleagues were able to take a little frustration out of their soul.
Nevertheless, coach Maurizio Sarri’s team is far from its best form. This was also evident in the Coppa Italia, when in the semi-final second leg they only trembled against a Milan goalless draw and lost the title game against Napoli a few days later even after a penalty shoot-out. In this final, too, it was 0-0 after regular season.
The only constant that Bianconeri can currently rely on is clearly the defensive. The goalkeepers Szczesny and Buffon did not have to reach behind in four competitive games after the forced break. Across breaks, Serie A even won five of the most recent seven matches to zero. In our view, it is therefore advisable to venture between Genoa and Juventus to predict another success with the defending champion in a clean slate.
The tense personnel situation does not change that. De Sciglio, Khedira, Chiellini, Alex Sandro and Demiral are still not operational. Coach Sarri, however, had to get along without these actors in the past few days and weeks. Only the question of who can defend at the back left has not yet been finally resolved. There is currently some evidence of the French all-rounder Blaise Matuidi. In midfield, Ramsey could also replace Rabiot.
Genoa vs Juventus head to head matches
30.10.19 SA Juventus Genoa 2 : 1
17.03.19 SA Genoa Juventus 2 : 0
20.10.18 SA Juventus Genoa 1 : 1
22.01.18 SA Juventus Genoa 1 : 0
20.12.17 COP Juventus Genoa 2 : 0