Match Preview: Juventus vs. Empoli Serie A – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

In their bid to extend their lead in Serie A, a resurgent Juventus will host Empoli in Turin on Saturday evening.

Juventus, who have scored 18 goals in five matches – their best start since 1932, will face Empoli, the team with the lowest number of goals in the league.

Match preview

Juventus took the opportunity to claim the top spot in Serie A during their match against Lecce last Sunday, with Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic scoring two goals, leading his team to a 3-0 victory.

With seven consecutive wins, Juventus has secured a place in the Coppa Italia semi-finals and is the main competitor to Inter Milan for the Scudetto. The upcoming Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter Milan could be decisive.

Having remained unbeaten in their last 16 league matches, this season marks only the 10th time Juventus has achieved over 50 points after 21 games.

If they win on Saturday, Max Allegri will not only move his team four points ahead of Inter but will also become the first coach to reach 1000 points in Serie A.

Empoli, on the other hand, faced a 2-0 defeat in the previous fixture against Juventus and have lost 12 out of 14 away games against Juventus in Serie A. They currently stand second-bottom in the league.

Team News

Juventus’ new recruit Tiago Djalo is not expected to start on Saturday, while Federico Chiesa and Moise Kean are also sidelined due to injuries and a potential loan move respectively. Adrien Rabiot is set to miss out again.

Empoli will be missing veteran strikers Francesco Caputo and Mattia Destro due to injury, along with defensive trio Giuseppe Pezzella, Simone Bastoni, and Tyronne Ebuehi. Lazio loanee Matteo Cancellieri returns from suspension.

Possible Starting Lineups

Juventus: (3-5-2)

Szczesny;

Gatti, Bremer, Danilo;

Cambiaso, McKennie, Locatelli, Miretti, Kostic;

Yildiz, Vlahovic

Empoli: (3-5-2)

Caprile;

Ismajli, Walukiewicz, Luperto;

Bereszynski, Zurkowski, Grassi, Fazzini, Cacace;

Shpendi, Cambiaghi

Prediction: Juventus 2-0 Empoli

Juventus is likely to continue their winning streak in January, securing another victory against Empoli, who may find it challenging to match Juventus’ current form.

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