Serie A: JUVE vs SAMP


Juventus will welcome Sampdoria to Torino on Sunday night knowing that a victory will see them win the Serie A title for the 9th consecutive year. The old lady gave up this opportunity on Thursday when they lost in Udinese, but Maurizio Sarri's side will confidently finish work on home turf this weekend. 


Juve does not have experienced defender Leonardo Bonucci in the match against Udinese for a suspension, but the Italian center-back is ready for this match and should return with De Ligt in the center of the defense. There may also be a change in the right-back position with Juan Cuadrado likely to replace Danilo, while Blaise Matuidi will replace Aaron Ramsey in the middle, Giorgio Chiellini and Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira are all still sure. sidelined while Gonzalo Higuain will face a late fitness test for leg injuries. Juve had a good chance to defend the title with the remaining 3 games when they took the lead in the first half against Udinese on Thursday night thanks to the Dutch defender's goal, Matthijs de Ligt.

As for Sampdoria, Omar Colley and Ronaldo Vieira were both suspended for the yellow cards the pair faced in a 2-1 home defeat to Genova on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Albin Ekdal and Felice D'Amico are both injured, with having previously suffered an ankle injury in the past that is likely to eliminate him for the rest of the season. Veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella also started on the bench against Genova but is expected to return to the starting line-up while Ekdal's absence could see Fabio Depaoli given a midfield position. . Sampdorias will enter the match with impressive form, having won 5 of their last 7 matches to ease the fear of relegation they may have had last month. 3 consecutive losses in their 3 matches right after the relaunching stage left them in trouble, but Claudio Ranieri's team has been in excellent form since the beginning of July. A total of 41 points from 35 matches helped them to rank 14th in the rankings, 9 points away from the group and actually only 2 points lower than the top half of the rankings. However, La Samp have lost 10 of their 17 away games this season and are about to meet Juve with the best home record in Serie A with 15 wins and 2 draws from 17 matches.


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