Juventus on Verge of a Crisis
Prior to the start of the season, Juventus were one of the betting online favorites to dethrone AC Milan as Serie A champions. Well, after nine games, the Bianconeri are 10 points out of first place. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re practically eliminated from the UEFA Champions League after losing against the weakest opponent in the group.
As for Torino, the Granata only won one of their last five games and they haven’t had much luck when facing the powerhouses. Even so, it looks like the perfect opportunity to defeat Juventus for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
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Torino: Tough Luck
We haven’t reached the 10-game mark and Torino already faced Napoli, Atalanta and Inter Milan. Napoli and Atalanta are currently at the top of the standings while Inter Milan are always in the title race.
The Granata lost all three games, 3-1 against Napoli and Atalanta, and 1-0 against Inter Milan. Now, they’ll face Juventus and AC Milan in a 15-day span.
As mentioned before, they only won one of their last five games, 1-0 against Lecce. Most recently, they played host to Empoli and drew 1-1 thanks to a very late goal scored by Sasa Lukic. The Granata won possession with 67 percent and took five more shots on target, but that wasn’t enough to get the three points.
Individually, Nikola Vlasic should be Juventus’ main concern. The Croatian is the team’s top scorer with three goals. He’s followed by Arnaldo Sanabria with two goals. They also have Aleksei Miranchuk, who’s on loan from Atalanta. In other words, the Granata have plenty of weapons to hurt one of the best defensive units in the league.
Collectively, the Granata have been a more reliable soccer pick when playing at home as they only lost one of their last seven games. That’s why they’re a very tempting underdog, especially at +210.
Disappointing is the best word to describe Juventus’ season so far. The Bianconeri are eighth in the Serie A. If the season ended today, they wouldn’t even qualify for the UEFA Conference League. That’s just sad.
Most recently, in the Serie A, they lost 2-0 to AC Milan. They won possession with 61 percent but took 11 shots less. The Rossoneri scored at the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second.
Midweek, they visited Maccabi Haifa and lost 2-0, making them fall to last place in Group H of the Champions League. They’re five points behind PSG and Benfica. They’ll visit the Eagles at the end of the month and will play host to the Parisians in early November.
Summing up, things don’t look good for the Bianconeri, and losing to Torino could leave head coach Massimiliano Allegri without a job. Fortunately for him, we’re still talking about a very talented squad, which includes one of the league’s top scorers in Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian has scored five goals. Only Ciro Immobile (Lazio) and Marko Arnautovic (Bologna) have scored more with six. Basically, he’s the reason for the Bianconeri to dominate the soccer lines at +145.
Torino vs Juventus Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 164
- Torino Victories: 38 (165 goals)
- Juventus Victories: 79 (252 goals)
- Draws: 47
Last season, these two met twice. First, Juventus visited Torino and won 1-0 thanks to a late goal scored by Manuel Locatelli. Later, the Granata snatched a point at Juventus Stadium. Matthijs de Ligt scored the opener for the Bianconeri in the first half while Andre Belotti scored the equalizer in the second.
Matches between these two are usually pretty close. In fact, the total has gone under in six of their last 10 meetings.
Torino vs Juventus Match Information
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 15th
- Time: Noon ET
- Location: Stadio Olimpico, Torino
- Torino vs Juventus Live Stream: fuboTV
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Torino vs Juventus Prediction
The pressure is on Juventus as losing could also make them fall out of the top 10. This team is better than that. Besides Vlahovic, their attacking unit includes Angel Di Maria, Arkadiusz Milik and Moise Kean. Don’t tell me the four of them aren’t capable of scoring more than 1½ goals to lead the Bianconeri to victory, which is precisely my online gambling recommendation. Torino will put up a good fight, but the urgency to win and the depth of their roster will tip the scales toward the visitors.
- Score Prediction: Juventus 2, Torino 1
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.