Juventus VS Empoli Match LIVE Football Score 28/08/2021
Juventus welcome Empoli to the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Saturday as they face each other in matchday two of the 2021-22 Serie A season. The Bianconeri must move on and focus on a future without Cristiano Ronald while trying to climb from 10th in the league table. Meanwhile, newly-promoted Empoli are in 17th place. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed Ronaldo’s intention to leave the Italian giants this summer, with a move to Manchester City looking increasingly likely.
Ronaldo’s late goal heroics were on display in Juventus’ first game against Udinese, but VAR played spoilsport. Juve took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado, only for Udinese to hit back with Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu’s 83rd minute equalizer. Ronaldo’s headed ‘goal’ in injury time sparked scenes of wild celebration, only for VAR to rule it out for offside.
Juventus could only draw their first game of the new Serie A season away at Udinese but will be confident about their chances of securing all 3pts at home to newly-promoted Empoli this weekend. Empoli tough start to the season saw them lose 3-1 at home to Lazio and now they face an even trickier test away at Italian giants, Juventus.
Juventus have won each of their last eight encounters with Empoli in Serie A spanning all the way back to 2014. Of their last four wins against Saturday’s guests, Juventus have kept four clean sheets and we expect the home side to shut out Empoli once again on Saturday.
Under 2.5 goals have been produced in three of the last five encounters between these two clubs and we’re expecting another low-scoring affair this time around. We don’t expect Empoli to score in this game and Juventus have only scored more than two goals in two of their last five fixtures.
Juventus have only scored more than two goals against Empoli in one of the pair’s last five meetings. Empoli have lost 17 of their last 22 games against Juventus and don’t often score against Saturday’s hosts, so you can see why we’ve gone with a comfortable yet modest 2-0 win for Juve.
Frenzied rumour surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s unexpected benching was sidelined when Juve went ahead through well-worked goals from the rejuvenated Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado – this season playing in a more advanced role on the wing – but Gerard Deulofeu’s 83rd-minute equaliser brought Udinese level.
To bring a dramatic afternoon to a crescendo, Ronaldo then appeared from the bench to apparently head in a trademark winner, only to be denied after a lengthy VAR check, as he was ruled marginally offside.
Seeking a fast start in recovering the Scudetto – lost to arch-rivals Inter in May following nine years of unbroken success – returning coach Max Allegri will have to keep the ship steady amid another turbulent few days at a club rarely out of the headlines.
Fortunately – or perhaps not, given the potential for calamity – Juventus have a 79% win percentage against Empoli – emerging victorious from 19 of their last 24 encounters and winning 11 of their 12 home games against the Tuscan side in Serie A. In fact, the Bianconeri did not even concede a single goal on nine of those occasions – an indicator as to the David versus Goliath nature of this weekend’s fixture.
Though a certain striker’s departure has hogged attention, Allegri will have seen some promise in the first hour at the Dacia Arena last time out, as Cuadrado’s return to attacking duty after a mid-career switch to a flying full-back role has saw the Colombian score his third goal in his last three league games – as many as in his previous 85.
Set to make his 300th Serie A appearance on Saturday evening, the wing play of Cuadrado and his young colleague Federico Chiesa – who only managed to feature from the bench against Udinese – will be allied to Manuel Locatelli’s impact in midfield; leaving their opponents with plenty to fear before their trip to Turin.
Any hopes of staying afloat at the top level most probably do not rest on games against the division’s heavyweights, such as Juve, but Andreazzoli will still hope to put up a fight at the Allianz Stadium – particularly as their hosts have failed to kill off lower-ranked teams on several occasions over the past 12 months.
An experienced campaigner, now in his third spell at Castellani, the former Roma assistant has reinforced the Tuscan club’s promotion-winning squad by adding Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Patrick Cutrone to his strikeforce on loan, as the former Milan man aims to revive a drifting career while back in his homeland.
Young Inter striker Andrea Pinamonti will also join up with his erstwhile Italy Under-21 colleague this week, having signed a temporary deal to gain experience away from the champions well-stocked attacking department. The pair – allied to last season’s top scorer Leonardo Mancuso – could be integral to Empoli’s dreams of a shock result in perhaps their toughest game of the year.