Chievo Verona vs Juventus: Match Preview
An incredible last season saw Juventus win an unprecedented seventh-straight Serie A title win, now the Bianconeri will aim to go one better this year to make it eight on the spin.
Juve have made a number of reinforcements over the summer, with much of the talk in the off-season being dominated by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived in a club-record €100 million deal, and everyone will be looking forward to seeing what the new Juventus number seven can do in the Black & White stripes.
The Bianconeri’s other signings this summer saw goalkeeper Mattia Perin arrive from Genoa to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny and German international, Emre Can signed on a free transfer from Liverpool. Whilst Portuguese full-back, Joao Cancelo arrived from Valencia and defender, Leonardo Bonucci returned to the club from Milan.
Departures from the club include legendary goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon joining PSG on a free transfer, Stephen Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah heading to Arsenal and Inter respectively. Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara both joined Milan as part of the deal for Bonucci, Marko Pjaca left for pastures new on loan at Fiorentina and finally Stefano Sturaro joined Sporting CP also on a loan deal.
CHIEVO AIMING TO CLIMB
After finishing in 13th spot, five points above relegation last season, the Flying Donkeys will be looking to improve upon their performance this year. Former player, Lorenzo D’Anna took charge of the club midway through last season, and having guided them to safety, has been kept on for the upcoming campaign. Amongst the new arrivals are Nigerian midfielder, Joel Obi from Torino, experienced Serie A centrefoward, Filip Djordjevic from Lazio and Italian centre-back, Luca Rossettini from Genoa.
LAST TIME OUT VS CHIEVO
The Old Lady recorded a double over Chievo last season, triumphing at both the Allianz Stadium in September and at the Stadio Bentegodi in January.
In Turin, Juve recorded a 3-0 win on Matchday three courtesy of a Perparim Hetemaj own-goal and second half strikes from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. Whilst in Verona, Sami Khedira and Higuain once again took the Bianconeri to a 2-0 victory.
The last time Juventus faced Chievo on the opening day was back in the 2014/15 season, with the game again held in Verona. An own-goal from Cristiano Biraghi saw La Vecchia Signora come away with a 0-1 win, on what was Massimiliano Allegri’s first game in charge.
#CHIEVOJUVE MATCH STATS
- The 31st encounter between Juve and Chievo in Serie A, with the Bianconeri winning 22 times, seven draws and one success for Chievo.
- Juventus have won 11 of their past 12 meetings against Chievo, keeping a cleansheet in their last three.
- La Vecchia Signora take a 13 away game unbeaten streak into the match at the Bentegodi.
- Chievo finished last season with a goal difference of -23, the worst for Gialloblu in a single Serie A season.
- Massimiliano Allegri has won 13 out of 15 games against Chievo.
- Juventus had had the best defence in each of the last seven seasons.
- Juventus were the team that scored the most goals both the first 30 minutes of play (27) and in the last half hour (36) in the last season.
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first-ever Manchester United goal with his 18th shot (seventh on target) at Real Madrid his third shot (first on target).
- Douglas Costa provided 12 assists on his debut season last year, the only Bianconero to do better was Andrea Pirlo with 13 in 2011/12.
- Paulo Dybala was the youngest player to score at least 20 goals in all of Europe's top five leagues last year.