Since the introduction of three points being awarded for a win, Juventus have made a habit out of hitting the halfway stage of the season in triumphant fashion. Indeed, their record in this fixture in Serie A reads 10 victories, five draws and as many defeats.
What is more, if the last two years are anything to go by, Massimiliano Allegri’s men can head to the Marassi with a certain degree of optimism, after registering four goals in each of their last Matchday 19 outings.
The most recent of these encounters saw them see off last Wednesday’s opponents Verona courtesy of Carlos Tevez’s brace and strikes from Paul Pogba and Roberto Pereyra.
It was a similar story in the previous campaign, with Fernando Llorente’s double helping the Bianconeri to a comprehensive success against Cagliari, who, however, managed to find the target themselves through Mauricio Pinilla. Claudio Marchisio and Stephan Lichtsteiner also got themselves on the scoresheet that day.