Serie A PREVIEW | Cremonese vs Juventus

Juventus travel to Cremona to take on Cremonese in their first match after the World Cup break. 

The Bianconeri started the season off poorly, but Allegri’s men ended 2022 on a strong note, with wins against Inter and Lazio, which puts Juventus in third place currently. Their strong form before the break is confirmed by the stats: Juventus won their last 6 Serie A matches, with the last loss dating back to October 8, when Milan beat the Bianconeri in the San Siro. 

Their opponents Cremonese collected 3 points from their last 5 Serie A fixtures, most notably holding current Champions Milan to a draw. Cremonese are still in the drop zone with 7 points, which is 6 away from safety. If the Grigiorossi want to extend their stay in Serie A, they have to start getting more points soon. 

They will draw hope out of the fact that Juventus are still missing a couple of big names. Bonucci, Cuadrado, Pogba and Vlahović are some of the players still out, and yesterday, Di Maria joined that list. He bruised his right ankle in training and won’t travel to Cremona. On the other hand, Federico Chiesa will be on the bench. Perin could also replace Szczęsny, as the Polish goalkeeper has some discomfort in his neck. 

With Napoli playing Inter later today, the game against Cremonese presents Juventus with the perfect opportunity to take back some ground on the current league leaders before the two meet on the 13th of January. 

Predicted line-ups

Cremonese (4-3-2-1): Carnesecchi; Sernicola, Bianchetti, Hendry, Valeri; Pickel, Castagnetti, Meité; Buonaiuto, Okereke; Dessers.

Juventus (3-4-1-1): Perin; Gatti, Danilo, Bremer; Soulé, McKennie, Locatelli, Fagioli, Kostić; Miretti; Milik. 


Jurre van Wanrooij | GIFN

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