Serie A : Juventus Vs Crotone Preview, Line Up, Live Info

Juventus Vs Crotone
(Serie A)
12.15 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
   Studio Ezio Scida

Full Time
Man Of The Match - Alvaro Morata
Juventus XI:
Buffon, Danilo, Bonucci, Demiral, Portanova, Bentancur, Arthur, Frabotta, Kulusevski, Morata, Chiesa.
Crotone XI:
Cordaz, Magallán, Marrone, Luperto, Pereira, Molina, Cigarini, Vulić, Reca, Messias, Simy.

Match Preview

The seismic shock caused by Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo's positive COVID-19 test after international duty with Portugal has cast a long shadow over their preparations for Saturday's game.
Such a global news story is likely to test the management skills of callow coach Andrea Pirlo to the maximum. Fortunately, a more straightforward on-pitch task could hardly fall into the club legend's path this weekend.
Hosts Crotone have already shipped 10 goals in their three losses since returning to the top flight last month. Unlike fellow promoted side Benevento, they have been unable to build on their momentum by adding more quality to their ranks.
Talismanic Nigeria frontman Simy was Serie B capocannoniere last season, notching 20 goals in 37 games and shoulders the goalscoring burden once again this season, having scored from the spot in week three.
Though midfield lynchpin Luca Cigarini has seen it all before in a long Serie A career with Atalanta, Parma, Napoli and others, it is the leaky back three behind him which is of most concern for Gli Squali. Unsurprisingly, they have only once avoided defeat to their formidable opponents in their brief Serie A history.
Even in Ronaldo's absence, Juve of course have a plethora of attacking talent in reserve - including exciting deadline day acquisition Federico Chiesa, from Fiorentina. Alvaro Morata has also been playing understudy to some extent since his return to the club last month and may relish the opportunity against limited opposition.
Pirlo, before the international interval, saw his new charges awarded a win against Napoli, as the opposition never arrived due to observing the stringent quarantine restrictions in Naples.
Previously they snatched a 2-2 draw with Roma despite going down to 10 men, all of which leaves them sitting fourth after three games.
Now, the stage is set for the next generation of Bianconeri stars to take centre stage. Pirlo's promotion of talents such as Chiesa, Dejan Kulusevski, Rodrigo Bentancur and Weston McKennie - who has also tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning to Italy - mark a departure from a previously more mature make-up.
A period of voluntary isolation is being observed by the entire Juventus squad ahead of the match, to limit any further spread of infection. The consequences of these positive tests will perhaps be realised more keenly when the Old Lady travel to Kiev to open their Champions League campaign next week than they will on Saturday.

Sports Track Score Prediction

JUVENTUS  [ 2 ] - [ 0 ]  CROTONE

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