Genoa vs Juventus: Match Preview

Genoa vs Juventus: Match Preview
Genoa vs Juventus: Match Preview
Genoa vs Juventus: Match Preview


The Bianconeri made a confident start to their Serie A campaign, dispatching Cagliari 3-0 in the opening game.

Mario Mandzukic put the home side 1-0 up after 13 minutes, volleying Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross accurately inside the near post.

Cagliari were then awarded a penalty towards the end of the first half via a decision by VAR, however Gianluigi Buffon produced the goods as ever to save from Cagliari’s Diego Farias.

Juventus doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when a superb ball from Miralem Pjanic on the halfway line found Paulo Dybala in space, which La Joya controlled with his chest before unleashing a shot into the roof of the net.

In the second half, a well-worked passing move was finished off by Gonzalo Higuain in space, to hand La Vecchia Signora a commanding win.


Last season Genoa found themselves finishing in 16th place and avoiding relegation by four points. This time around Il Grifone will be hoping not to have as difficult a term, and will look to coach Ivan Juric as a source of inspiration.

Juric, who was dismissed part-way through the last campaign, was eventually re-instated in April, and ensured the club’s survival after claiming seven points from their last seven games.

Despite the departure of last season’s top-scorer Giovanni Simeone, Genoa have added to their squad, with the most high-profile arrival arguably being AC Milan’s Gianluca Lapadula on loan.

Genoa started their season early with a game against Cesena in the third round of the Coppa Italia, which the Rossoblu won 2-1 after extra-time.

Last weekend they kicked off their Serie A campaign with a 0-0 draw away to Sassuolo.


Juventus had mixed fortunes against Genoa in the previous campaign. Away from home, Juve went down 3-1, the Rossoblu racing into a 3-0 lead before Miralem Pjanic replied with a free-kick late on.

The Italian champions fared much better in the return fixture however, as Juve took a 3-0 half-time lead of their own, thanks to an own goal, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic, while Leonardo Bonucci completed the rout in the second half to make it 4-0 to the Bianconeri.


  • Genoa and Juventus have faced each other 100 times in Serie A so far – Juventus have 60 wins, Genoa 20 wins and there have been 20 draws between them.
  • In the last 27 games at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, the Bianconeri have won 17, drawn seven, and lost just three.
  • Juventus have won the first two league games in five of the last six seasons.
  • In 15 of the last 18 seasons, Juventus have won their first away game.
  • Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alex Sandro are the only defenders who provided an assist on the opening day of the Serie A season.
  • Miralem Pjanic will make his 50th appearance for Juventus if he plays in this game.
  • Massimiliano Allegri has faced Genoa 17 times in Serie A and his record stands at 10 wins, two draws and five defeats.

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