05.11.2016 17:30 - in: Serie A S

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    Previous Bentegodi battles, Serie A form and the main men to watch out for on Sunday: everything you need to know ahead of Juve’s trip to Chievo Verona
    Looking for La Decima

    Of their 13 Serie A meetings at the Stadio Bentegodi, Juventus have beaten Chievo nine times, while the Gialloblù have managed just one win of their own back in January 2010.

    The Bianconeri have posted a couple of heavy margins of victory at the Bentegodi, the largest of all taking place this January when goals by Alvaro Morata (x2), Alex Sandro and Paul Pogba secured a 4-0 scoreline for the visitors.

    The other time that Juve put four past Chievo away from home was in January 2003 (1-4) courtesy of a David Trezeguet hat-trick and Alessandro Del Piero penalty.

    The season so far

    Fifteen points from their first 11 games of a Serie A season represents a joint record for Chievo, although they enjoyed a better goal difference in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons.

    Rolando Maran’s men have been solid for some time at the Stadio Bentegodi. October’s defeat to Milan was the only time they came away empty-handed in their last 13 home matches (six wins and six draws).

    They have, however, now failed to pick up maximum points in four top-flight outings. The last time they went five games without a win came exactly a year ago.

    Juve, meanwhile, have won all but two of their opening 11 Serie A fixtures this term and victory on Sunday would see them hit the 30-point mark by November’s international break.

    As well as boasting the league’s strongest backline (eight goals conceded), the Bianconeri are the second highest goalscorers (23 to Roma’s 26), but the most prolific in the first halves of matches (10).

    Key men to monitor

    With seven goals in 11 league games, Gonzalo Higuain is Juventus’ top scorer this term and Serie A’s fourth highest. The Argentine forward has fond memories of playing at the Bentegodi, having netted his first ever goal for Napoli away to Chievo in September 2013.

    Another man to have struck recently at the home of the Gialloblù is Alex Sandro, the scorer of Juve’s third goal in January’s 4-0 win. The Brazilian left-back has been one of the Bianconeri’s most consistent performers this campaign and has created a team-high 27 chances.

    Meanwhile, Chievo’s main creative outlet is undoubtedly Valter Birsa. The attacking midfielder has had a hand in six of his side’s 11 strikes this season (scoring three and setting up a further three).

    As well as leading the Gialloblù charts this season for goals and assists, Birsa has also completed more passes in the attacking half of the pitch (291), whipped in more crosses (68) and attempted more dribbles (19) than any of his team-mates.

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