At the height of a poor season last term, winning the Coppa Italia was a massive consolation for Juventus. They will be looking to successfully defend it this season and in the quarter finals they will be looking to go past Sassuolo on Thursday. Juventus are the record winners in this competition and here they are in search of their 15th title. There’s renewed optimism at the team after some good transfer business in January. Their main signings Denis Zakaria and Dusan Vlahovic had good starts with the goals in a 2-0 win over Verona in Serie A in their last outing. The win over Sassuolo came with Juventus’ third clean sheet in four matches and they’ve only failed to score in one of their last five matches. In three of their last four matches, they’ve scored two or more goals and they’ve led at half time and full time in three of the last four matches.
Sassuolo haven’t had a very good run coming into this game though they managed a 2-1 win over Juventus in their last meeting, in October 2021. They will meet a different Juventus side in this game and their run will also place them straightaway as underdogs. Ahead of this game, Sassuolo suffered a 4-0 away loss to Sampdoria, the second time in four matches that they conceded four goals. Going to this game, Sassuolo have just one clean sheet, and both teams have scored in three of their last five matches. In three of their last five matches, Sassuolo have gone to half time while trailing. As they head to Turin, Sassuolo can only hope to improve on their away run, which has seen them fail to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 away games. In six of the 10 away matches, they have conceded two or more goals.
Juventus have their confidence back, if the last few games are anything to go by and their new signings have further strengthened the team. They face a side that hasn’t done well away from home and also struggling in defence. Back Juventus to lead in both halves here.