Juventus will be irked by being in the unfamiliar position of second in the Serie A table, and will hope that victory over Hellas Verona will be enough to put them in pole position for the title once again.
A narrow victory over tricky customers Roma could be a springboard for
Verona fans were ecstatic as they saw club legend Luca Toni score from the spot, in what transpired to be the penultimate game of his career for I Mastini. Happiness turned to jubilation in the second half though, as Lonita doubled the home advantage and set Verona on course for a historic win and a rare celebration.
Paulo Dybala made the ending slightly nervy as he emphatically converted a penalty in stoppage time, but ultimately it was too little too late for the Turin giants.
Paulo Dybala vs
No player has scored more goals from outside the box (5) in Europe's top 5 Leagues this season than Paulo Dybala.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 28, 2017
Deadly strike. pic.twitter.com/xRXJZyea1G
Juventus have one notable absentee on the day, in German central defender Benedikt Howedes after injuring a muscle fibre in November.
Matteo Bianchetti is missing for Verona with an unknown injury while Mattia Zaccagni will be absent from the midfield with inflamed knee ligaments.
Potential Verona Lineup: Nicholas, Ferrari, Heurtaux, Caracciolo, Caceres, Romulo, Zuculini, Buchel, Verde, Valoti, Cerci
Potential Juventus Lineup: Szczesny, Barzagli, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi, Cuadrado, Higuain, Mandzukic
In terms of head-to-head statistics, Juventus have won 12 matches to Verona's two, while the remaining three clashes have been draws.
Max Allegri: "The perfect Juve doesn’t exist – Juve just need to be solid and win football matches, We’re achieving that because the whole squad is ready to work hard. We’re improving and slowly but surely we’re hitting top form. pic.twitter.com/YmuGIH7cZ7— Juventus World (@world_juventus) December 17, 2017
The Old Lady haven't conceded a goal in eight games in all competitions and has a plethora of attacking talent to beat anyone their day - as shown last year against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.
Allegri's side will simply have too much firepower on the day for Verona to come away with anything on current form.
Verona 0-3 Juventus