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Juventus vs Palermo 2016/17 Italian Serie A. Date: Friday, 17 February 2017 Kick-Off: 19:45 UK, Venue: Juventus Stadium (Turin).
Juventus will be looking to further extend their lead at the top of the Serie A table as they prepare to take on relegation candidates Palermo at home on Friday.
The Bianconeri will have one eye on their upcoming fixtures, including a round of 16 tie with Porto. The hosts come into this game having earned a deserved 2-0 win over Cagliari. That marks the fifth straight Serie A win for Juventus, and even interestingly, they have not conceded a goal during that run.
Allegri did ring some changes for their last game, namely giving Claudio Marchisio – who has spent a bit of time on the bench lately – a chance to start. That’s one downside of his new 4-2-3-1 formation, as the Italian international has found it difficult to nail down a spot in the starting XI.
Gonazlo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, and Juan Cuadrado have all been played at the same time to devastating effect, which further gives them the added edge against Porto. If the Portuguese outfit will be nervous, well, Palermo will be absolutely petrified. The Rosanero sit in the bottom three and with eight points between them and Empoli, are looking set to be playing their football in Serie B next term.
They were no match for Atalanta as they lost 3-1 at home, and are not expected to be much of a match for Juventus. The Sicilians thought they had turned a corner as they earned a narrow 1-0 win over fellow relegation candidates Crotone courtesy of a goal of Ilija Nestorovski, but suffered a major set-back against La Dea and will be devoid of confidence ahead of their trip up north.
Juventus vs Palermo: Head-to-head statistics
Palermo have won just one out of their last 20 away games against teams ranked above them in the table (D6, L13).
Juventus have won their last 28 home matches – a Serie A record.
The Bianconeri have won their last 9 matches against Palermo in all competitions.
The Rosanero have also failed to score in their last 9 matches against Juventus.
Juventus have won their last eight league games, whilst keeping clean sheets in seven of them.
Juventus vs Palermo: Prediction
Arguably, the key player for Palermo has been Ilija Nestorovski. When the Rosanero do score a goal, it’s oftentimes him, as seen in the draw with Napoli and the win over Crotone. However, despite his valiant efforts, he alone cannot save his struggling side, especially when the supporting cast is not up to par.
Juventus not only won a whopping 28 at home, but also have managed to keep clean sheets in their past five league matches. So, despite the fact that Mario Mandzukic will miss this game, and Palermo managed to draw Napoli, they are not expected to trouble their opponents much on Friday evening.
Juventus vs Palermo: Betting tips
Juventus to win and Under 3.5 goals at 1/1 (2.00).