Spezia Calcio vs. Juventus Torino
Just one day after the last match of Matchday 4, Serie A will already kick off Matchday 5 on Tuesday. On Wednesday we can look forward to four matches in Italy’s top division – among others the duel between Spezia Calcio and Juventus Torino.
Normally, Juventus are the clear favourites here. They do so again on Wednesday, but after their poor start to the season, it cannot be ruled out that the Old Lady will struggle in this match as well. Whether we even trust the hosts to win and what else we think about this game, you can read in our Spezia vs Juventus tip.
Spezia -Juventus info
– Date & Time: 22/09/2021, at 18:30.
– Venue: Stuttgart, Stadio Alberto Picco (up to 10,000 spectators).
– Competition: Serie A, Matchday 5
– TV broadcast: DAZN
Special -Juventus Tip
Not many would have thought it possible before the season that Spezia Calcio are ahead of Juventus Turin in the table after four matchdays. However, this is not due to the hosts’ great start to the season, but simply because the Old Lady still hasn’t managed a win. With two points, Paulo Dybala & Co. are currently in 18th place, five places behind Spezia Calcio. On Wednesday, Massimiliano Allegri’s team could move past their upcoming opponents with their first three points and at least slowly move closer to the top of the table. The gap to first place is already eight points.
Special Form & Balance Check
After a poor start to the season and only one point from their first three games, Spezia Calcio finally got their first win of the new season last weekend in Venice (1:2). The relief must have been great when Mehdi Bourabia actually scored the winning goal for his team at 1-1 in the 94th minute. After draws with Cagliari (2:2) and defeats against Lazio Roma (6:1) and Udinese (0:1), things may finally be looking up for the fifteenth-placed team in the pre-season.
With self-confidence to the next three-goal win?
Spezia will now take their new-found self-confidence with them to the away game in Turin, ideally to send the Italian record champions even deeper into crisis. To do that, the Aquilotti first have to get a grip on their defence. With ten goals conceded in four games, Thiago Motta’s team currently has the fourth-worst defence in the league. Juventus are not yet in the groove, but if Spezia make it as easy for their opponents as they did in the 6:1 win against Lazio, the Old Lady will also score a goal or two.
Spezia facts & analysis
– 4 points from 4 games
– Last win 1:2 in Venice
– Winning goal scored in the 94th minute
– 70% of goals conceded in 2nd half
Juventus form & balance check
Not being able to get more than a draw against AC Milan is by no means a disgrace, but after a messed up start to the season it just fits Juventus Turin’s image to catch a late equaliser in this game as well. Alvaro Morata’s early goal (4th) was equalised by ex-Frankfurt player Ante Rebic in the 76th minute. This feeling should be quite familiar to the Old Lady by now. It was already the third time in the fourth league match that Giorgio Chiellini & Co. have dropped points due to conceding a goal in the last quarter of an hour.
Late goals conceded send Juventus into a frenzy
In the season opener at Udinese, Gerard Deulofeu scored in the 83rd minute to make it 2-2.On Matchday 3, in a 2-1 loss at Napoli, Kalidou Koulibaly didn’t give his side a 2-1 lead until the 85th minute. There is not much to be seen of the otherwise so stable defence this season. So far, they have not been able to keep a clean sheet in any of their games, and since the offensive is not yet dangerous enough, Juventus curiously find themselves in a relegation spot after four matchdays. On Wednesday, Juve had better finally get their first three points to prevent the gap to the top from becoming too big.
Juventus facts & analysis
– 2 points from 4 games
– Last played 1:1 against AC Milan
– Not yet played a single game to nil
– Already conceded 3 goals in the last quarter of an hour
Predicted line-up – last update on 20 September 2021
The hosts have had to contend with a number of absentees recently. Ebrima Collley (adductor injury), Arkadiusz Reca (muscular problems) and Kevin Agudelo (broken foot) will most likely be unavailable against Juventus as well.
For the Old Lady, only Arthur will be out until at least October after undergoing surgery. Compared to the 1-1 draw against Milan, the visitors could start unchanged. However, there was a lot of quality on the bench, so changes are by no means out of the question. Among others, Moise Kean, Federico Chiesea, Weston McKennie or Dejan Kulusevski could move into the starting eleven.
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— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 19, 2021
Spezia -Juventus direct comparison & statistics
Last season, the two clubs faced each other for the first time in Serie A. After winning the first leg 1:4, Juventus also won the second leg 3:0. Previously, the only time the two have played each other was in the 2006/07 season, when Juventus were forced into the second division for a year. At that time, Spezia took four points from the two games. The home match ended 1-1 and in Turin the underdog won 2:3.
– The winner of the last encounter was Juventus Torino.
– A year ago Juventus Turin were in 4th position in the table with 8 points. Currently they are in position 18 (2).
– A look at Spezia Calcio: Simone Bastoni is the top scorer with 2 goals. Alvaro Morata scored 2 times for Juventus Turin.
– When Juventus Turin are 1-0 down in away matches, they win 20% of the games.
– Last season Juventus Turin won both matches against Spezia Calcio (3-0 at home and 4-1 away).