Serie A Preview | Spezia vs. Juventus: Chiesa to the rescue?

by | Sep 20, 2021 20:24

Juventus have had their worst Serie A start in 60 years and fans are beginning to panic, as they visit a Spezia side fresh from their first victory.

Incredibly, the Old Lady go into this fixture in penultimate place alongside Cagliari on two points, half as many as their midweek opponents Spezia. Even more remarkably, under Max Allegri they have already fumbled seven points from leading situations, most recently the 1-1 draw with an injury-ravaged Milan.

Alvaro Morata is not 100 per cent fit after a muscular issue, so Moise Kean could partner Paulo Dybala, but the good news is that Federico Chiesa should finally be ready to start.

Thiago Motta celebrated his first victory on the Spezia bench, 2-1 away to Venezia thanks to a last-gasp Mehdi Bourabia screamer. They remain short on strikers, but Rey Manaj and Eddie Salcedo should get their first starts of the season.

Form Guide: Spezia (W L L D) Juventus (D L L D)

Stat fact: Not since 1961-62 have Juventus failed to win any of their opening four Serie A games.

Probable line-ups

Spezia (3-4-3): Zoet; Amian, Nikolaou, Hristov; Ferrer, Bourabia, Sala, S Bastoni; Salcedo, Manaj, Gyasi

Suspended: None

Injured: Sena, Colley, Agudelo, Erlic, Reca

On a yellow card: None

Juventus (4-4-2): Szczesny; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Chiesa, Bentancur, Locatelli, Rabiot; Dybala, Kean

Suspended: None

Injured: Arthur, Kaio Jorge

On a yellow card: None

1 Comment

  1. Abdallah Dino Haji

    Juventus always struggle to beat small teams and next team is Spezia , 4 games earning 2 points is not acceptable for the fans , need the solution for this situation. Either from the players or the coach.

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