Juventus VS Verona Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 30/10/2021
It was back to business as usual for Juventus last time out, following a challenging fortnight, as the Bianconeri continued their quest for a tenth successive title with a regulation 3-0 home win over hapless bottom side Crotone.
Their expected success brought at least a little relief for the stumbling Turin giants, who had been out-fought and out-thought in losses to both Napoli and Porto, after going out of the Coppa Italia to old rivals Inter.
Top-scoring talisman Cristiano Ronaldo erased a run of only one goal from his last five league starts against the Calabrian minnows, with yet another brace during the first half last Monday. Adding Crotone to the long list of top-flight teams he has now scored against, the Portuguese superstar has netted more than once in seven separate Serie A games this season – more than any other player in the top five European leagues.
Juve’s ageless striker has now scored three in as many league appearances, having failed to find the net in his three previous outings – a relative drought by his own sky-high standards. Ronaldo’s double strike saw him break clear at the top of the hotly-contested Capocannoniere charts too, ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Ciro Immobile on 18 goals.
Though the pressure on coach Andrea Pirlo’s shoulders remains intense, his side’s most recent win of an inconsistent period took full advantage of Roma’s draw in Benevento to rise to third place in the standings and focuses faltering Milan in their crosshairs – with the once-distant Rossoneri now only four points ahead and having played a game more.
Furthermore, Juve have now kept a clean sheet in four of their last five league games (as many as in their previous 27) and are set to come up against the statistically weakest attack in the top half of the table this weekend.
Despite the gulf in stature between the two clubs, Verona have won four points from their last two matches against this week’s visitors, having lost each of their previous three encounters. In fact, the Scaligeri could go unbeaten in three consecutive games versus Juventus for the first time since the 1980s on Saturday evening.
The first meeting this term ended 1-1, after goals from Andrea Favilli and Dejan Kulusevski, in the opening head-to-head between highly-rated Hellas tactician Ivan Juric and Juve’s managerial rookie Pirlo.
Juric’s men come into the re-match on the back of a 2-2 draw with in-form Genoa, having been within a hair’s breadth of sealing a second successive victory until Milan Badelj’s powerful stoppage-time equaliser for the Grifone. A hugely entertaining affair, played out at high intensity by both teams, ended with the spoils shared despite Genoa being down to ten men for the final quarter-of-an-hour after they had used all their substitutions and then suffered an injury.
Afterwards, the Gialloblu’s demanding coach refused to blame his winter signing Kevin Lasagna – who has been ineffective in front of goal for two clubs now this season – for failing to wrap up the game, given two gilt-edged chances which the former Udinese man somehow spurned. Nonetheless, it was symptomatic of Verona’s achilles heel this season, as they have yet to settle on a centre-forward fit to improve their underwhelming strike-rate.
However, the Venetian side have built their relative success upon a disciplined back line that have conceded far fewer than most, with only league leaders Inter, Napoli and Juve keeping things tighter this term.
Certainly, this Saturday, that rearguard resilience will be needed up against top-quality opposition who have benefited from a rare midweek rest.