In anticipation of turning the tide, Juventus host Bologna in their first league encounter after the international break on Sunday evening.
The signs are ominous for Juventus. They have not won a game in Serie A since beating Spezia on September 1. The latest setback for the Bianconeri came in the 1-0 defeat to Monza, where their new summer arrival Ángel Di María picked up a red card for elbowing Monza defender Armando Izzo.
Bologna have more wins than Juve in their last five games, and that (with all due respect to Thiago Motta’s team) should be considered an accomplishment as Spezia are seemingly making attempts to undertake gradual progress after the departure of Siniša Mihajlović.
Last five results in all competitions
After a long spell of absence, Wojciech Szczęsny will be back in the starting XI. The Bianconeri have also recovered the services of Manuel Locatelli and Adrien Rabiot. As mentioned earlier, Di María will serve his suspension on Sunday. Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri could opt for the 4-4-2 formation to facilitate his two main strikers in Arek Milik and Dušan Vlahović. Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesa remain sidelined with their respective injuries.
The report claims that Nicola Sansone has returned for the Rossoblù. There are doubts over the fitness of Musa Barrow, who sustained a knock in one of their recent training sessions.
Juventus (4- 4-2): Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bremer, Bonucci, Danilo; McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Milik, Vlahovic.
Bologna (4-2-3-2): Skorupski; De Silvestri, Posch, Lucumì, Lykogiannnis; Medel, Schouten; Orsolini, Soriano, Sansone; Arnautovic.
Juventus need a positive reaction from their players after their recent gaffes. The difference between the table-toppers, Napoli, and eight-placed Juventus stands at 10 points. The gap seems bridgeable, but the situation could worsen very soon if circumstances don’t improve for the Piedmontese side.
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder