02.02.2016 17:00 - in: Serie A S

      Midweek memories from J-Stadium

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      This week’s visit of Genoa represents the 11th Serie A match ever to be played on a Wednesday at Juventus Stadium. Here’s what has happened on the previous ten occasions
      Only one winner

      The Bianconeri boast an impressive unbeaten record in all ten of their Serie A matches played on Wednesday evenings at Juventus Stadium. Seven wins and three draws have seen them secure 24 points, while home supporters have been able to celebrate a goal every 40 minutes on average, almost three times more often than the travelling fans (every 112 minutes).

      Special strikes

      To hold a greatest goals competition out of the 22 netted by the Bianconeri would be no easy task.

      Here’s a selection of the five most eye-catching:

      Simone Pepe’s overhead acrobatics set Juventus on their way to an all-important victory over Lazio in April 2012, the year of Juve’s first Scudetto at their new stadium.

      Alessandro Del Piero it was, of course, who sealed all three points in the 82nd minute.

      Free-kick magic from Andrea Pirlo opens up a 2-0 advantage in what would ultimately be a 4-0 thrashing of Catania in October 2013.

      Carlos Tevez puts Juve in front againt Fiorentina in April 2015, as Massimiliano Allegri’s men hone in on a fourth straight Scudetto title.

      Paulo Dybala kicks off 2016 in style against Hellas Verona with another beauty from another dead-ball situation.

      Bossing the ball

      Juventus have enjoyed a majority share of the ball in every one of their midweek home matches in the league, peaking at a lofty 72.49 per cent in the 3-0 win against Cesena in September.

      Meanwhile, another four of the games saw the Old Lady post possession stakes over 65 per cent: the first encounter against Bologna (65.32), Lazio (72.25), Catania (67.88) and Frosinone (69.21).

      The triumph over Cesena saw the Bianconeri fashion their most efforts on target (13), while victories against Bologna in October 2012 and Catania in October 2013 sit just behind in the accurate shots standings with 12 and 10 respectively.

      Predictably unpredictable

      If you’re looking back to past encounters for any indication of how the next one may pan out, this time around pot luck will most likely need to prevail and here’s why:

      Thirty per cent of the matches have ended in a score draw, 40 per cent in one-goal margins of victory for the Bianconeri and a further 30 per cent in thrashings (either 3-0 or 4-0) handed out by the hosts.

      The Bianconeri's 4-0 thrashing of Catania in October 2013 represents their largest margin of victory in any Serie A home match played on a Wednesday at Juventus Stadium.

      Interestingly, Juventus have not yet won by a two-goal margin, but there’s always time for a first on what is the maiden midweek Serie A encounter to be held at Juventus Stadium during the month of February.

      Wednesday wizardry

      It may come as little surprise that Andrea Pirlo leads the way for providing the highest number of assists across the ten fixtures in question (four), whilst adding a goal to his collection in the form of that free-kick against Catania.

      Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez converted the most amount of chances created, hitting the target five times, including a pair of braces against Parma and Fiorentina respectively.

      Debut strike delight

      Mirko Vucinic and Simone Zaza both have good reasons to remember midweek with a certain degree of fondness after both forwards notched their maiden goals for the Bianconeri on a Wednesday against Bologna and Frosinone respectively.

      The Montenegrin’s strike was also the very first to be netted at Juventus Stadium in midweek.

      However, Juve were held to a 1-1 draw on both occasions in which the strikers opened their respective accounts for their new club.

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