Juventus VS Spezia Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 22/09/2021
On the contrary, the Bianconeri are currently third-bottom in the league table with two points in four matches and are coming on the back of a 1-1 draw with AC Milan. Juventus, though, will be dealt with arguably their easiest challenge of the season so far as they lock horns with Spezia, at Stadion Alberto Picco this Wednesday.
It will be an opportunity for the visitors to secure their first league win of the campaign, effectively kickstarting their recovery process. As for their opponents, the goal will be to secure at least a point that will leave them in a good position come the end of MD 5.
Indeed, Spezia are currently 13th in the league table, securing their first win of the season on the weekend, up against newly-promoted Venezia. Il Acquilotti do have a tendency of being leaky at the back, notably losing 7-1 on aggregate to Juventus last season, but Thiago Motta’s men will be hoping to gather momentum from their recent win and produce another upset against the Old Lady this midweek.
Motta is likely to shift to a 3-4-3 formation where the double-pivot Jacopo Sala and Mehdi Bourabia will be hoping to add the solidity in the middle of the park. They are set to receive additional aid from the two wing-backs in Salva Ferrer and Simone Bastoni, who is filling in for the injured Reca.
Spezia can shift into a more traditional 4-2-3-1 if necessary with Bastoni dropping into defence while Ferrer can shift into a central role. Either way, the defensive trifecta of Kelvin Amian, Dimitrios Nikolaou and Erlic’s replacement, Petko Hristov, will need to be cautious as they look to provide protection for Jeroen Zoet in goal.
After claiming their first competitive victory of the new campaign in the Champions League away against Malmo, Juventus were unable to follow that up with their first Serie A win as they could only draw 1-1 at home to AC Milan last time out.
Alvaro Morata gave the hosts the perfect start, flicking the ball over goalkeeper Mike Maignan in just the fourth minute to score his third goal in as many games across all competitions, and Juve held on until the 76th minute when Ante Rebic headed in from a Sandro Tonali corner, forcing both sides to share the spoils.
Massimiliano Allegri’s second stint at the helm has not gone according to plan so far as he has overseen one of the club’s worst league starts in 60 years. For only the fourth time in their history, Juventus have failed to win any of their first four Serie A matches, last doing so during the 1961-62 season.
Sunday’s result has seen the Old Lady slip into the relegation zone, and they are already eight points behind both Inter Milan and AC Milan at the Serie A summit.
While the likes of Morata and Paulo Dybala continue to impress for Juve going forward in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era, their defensive frailties will be a concern for Allegri, as they have surprisingly conceded in each of their last 18 league matches.
Their last Serie A clean sheet was in fact against Wednesday’s opponents Spezia, when they secured a routine 3-0 victory in March, while Juve’s other encounter with the Aquilotti last season saw them comfortably win 4-1 away from home, so with these results in mind, Allegri’s men should be confident of claiming their first three points of the new campaign.
Spezia, meanwhile, claimed their first Serie A victory of the new season in dramatic fashion, when they won 2-1 in the dying embers of last weekend’s encounter away against Venezia.
Simone Bastoni’s 13th-minute opener was cancelled out midway through the second half by Pietro Ceccaroni, however a stunning effort from outside the penalty area from summer signing Mehdi Bourabia snatched all three points for the visitors in the 94th minute.
That result has seen Thiago Motta’s men climb out of the relegation zone and move two points above Wednesday’s opponents Juventus.
Spezia have begun this term with the same number of points they accumulated at this stage last season, picking up four points from as many matches.
The Aquilotti had to wait until their seventh league game last year to claim their second victory, and with tricky encounters against Juve and then Milan on Saturday to come, they may have to wait for the same period of time once again this campaign.