The main danger Juventus will have to pay careful attention to away at Genoa tomorrow when they try to repeat the success of October’s 2-0 win at Juventus Stadium is striker Alberto Gilardino.
The team’s top scorer by far during the current campaign, the Italian holds the record for the youngest Serie A player to score 100 goals and is still going strong at 31 with 12 strikes so far this season.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are not ones to rain in shots on the man between the opposite posts in general, though, with only one goal from outside the area in open play (fewer than anyone else in the top flight) and the second lowest overall shot count in the division.
Instead, they look to make it in behind the opposition rearguard, and it’s perhaps for that reason that Gilardino has been flagged offside more times than anyone else in the league apart from Antonio Di Natale and that no other side has had more penalties given in their favour than the seven the Rossoblu have received.
Conversely, they also hold this season’s record for the most penalties conceded (seven), and they’re not afraid to get stuck in at the back: Genoa are top of the charts for blocks and interceptions with 1502 so far this season.
Focusing on formations, in the Rossoblu’s last match against Chievo they lined up in a 3-4-3 that then became more of a 3-5-2 as the game progressed, with Pape Moussa Konate dropping into the midfield.
But it’s the setup they employ at home that concerns the Bianconeri ahead of Sunday’s fixture. Though it was initially the same 3-4-3 in their most recent outing at the Luigi Ferraris – the 2-0 win over Catania – it had evolved into what was almost a 2-5-3 by the end. And despite the attacking intent this shows, Gasperini’s men still managed to deny Catania a single shot on target.
The final aspect of Genoa’s game that Antonio Conte will be sure to note is that they are strong in the final half hours of matches. They’ve conceded just seven goals during that period, two less than the Bianconeri.