Frosinone vs Juventus: Match preview
Following last weekend’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus, the Bianconeri were soon back it, making their 2018/19 debut in the Champions League as they faced Valencia in the Mestalla on Wednesday.
Juve were dealt an early blow after Ronaldo was dismissed after half an hour, but their Fino Alla Fine spirit shone through and just before the end of the first half the Bianconeri were awarded a penalty. Miralem Pjanic stepped up and the Bosnian made no mistake from the spot to fire home past ex-Bianconero, Neto in the Valencia goal.
La Vecchia Signora came out strong in the second half and were almost immediately awarded a second penalty after Leonardo Bonucci had been fouled in the box on a corner kick. Pjanic once again stepped up and once again converted to give Juve a 0-2 lead.
There was to be drama right at the end, as Valencia were given a penalty of their own in the 95th minute. However, Wojciech Szczesny kept the Juve goal intact with a strong save from Dani Parejo to ensure the victory.
FROSINONE LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN
Serie A new boys, Frosinone have endured a fairly tough start to life back in Italy's top flight, picking up just one point in their opening four matches, whilst scoring no goals.
Last time out they were beaten 0-5 at home by Sampdoria, with goals coming from former Juventus striker, Fabio Quagliarella, a Gregoire Defrel brace, Gianluca Caprari and Dawid Kownacki.
After their promotion back from Serie B, the Canarini added a few new faces to their squad in the summer in a bid to main their status this year. Costa Rican winger, Joel Campbell joined from Arsenal, whilst experienced Serie A players Emil Hallfredsson, Cristian Molinaro, Marco Capuano and Marco Sportiello were also recruited.
LAST TIME VS FROSINONE
Last time the Bianconeri took on Frosinone was in the 2015/16 season. In Turin, the visitors came away with a surprise 1-1 draw after Simone Zaza had given Juve a second half lead, Frosinone hit back in stoppage time through Leonardo Blanchard.
Whilst away from home, Juve won 0-2 thanks to second half strikes from Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala.
#FROSINONEJUVE MATCH STATS
- Including the end of the 2015/16 season, Frosinone are on a nine-match winless run in Serie A.
- For the first time in Serie A Juventus have won all of their first four league games for two seasons in a row.
- Juventus have had the most touches in the opposition's area (131), whilst Frosinone have had the least (40).
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored with his 28th shot in Serie A, the same amount as it took last year in La Liga.
- Ronaldo has had 32 total shots, more than any other player in the league.
- No defender has created more chances so far this season than Joao Cancelo (eight).
- Alex Sandro has made the most crosses to date this campaign in Serie A (29).
- Both Lorenzo Ariaudo and Cristian Molinaro represented Juventus between 2007-2009.
- Stipe Perica's last goal in Serie A came against Juventus in October 2017.
- Massimiliano Allegri's recorded against Frosinone in Serie A is one win and one draw, having only faced them once in his career, during 2015/16.