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Juventus vs Sampdoria Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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Juventus players celebrate scoring against Lazio. | Chris Ricco/Getty Images

Juventus can clinch their ninth consecutive Serie A title on Sunday, when they host Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium.

Despite losing 2-1 to Udinese on Thursday, Atalanta’s draw at Milan leaves the Bianconeri in touching distance of the Scudetto. Juve will seal the title if they win at the weekend, which would put them eight points clear with just two games to play.

While the hosts have it all for play for, Sampdoria are just playing for pride. Three straight wins steered them up to 14th and adrift of relegation, though a strong end to the season could see La Samp rise as high as eighth in the table.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s Serie A clash.

When Is Kick Off? Sunday 26 July
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:45 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Allianz Stadium, Turin
TV Channel/Live Stream? Premier Sports 1 (UK), fuboTV (US)

Juventus are without winger Douglas Costa, who has picked up a thigh injury. Mattia De Sciglio could return to action next week, Giorgio Chiellini is unavailable but back training, with Gonzalo Higuaín and Sami Khedira still sidelined through injury.

Albin Ekdal, Felice D’Amico and Alex Ferrari are all absentees for Sampdoria, as they continue their recoveries from injury. Federico Bonazzoli had to train separately after bruising his hip, while Omar Colley and Ronaldo Vieira are both suspended.

Juventus: Szczęsny; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Sandro; Matuidi, Bentancur, Rabiot; Bernadeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo.

Sampdoria: Audero; Bereszyński, Yoshida, Chabot, Augello; Linetty, Thorsby, Depaoli, Jankto; Gabbiadini, Quagliarella.

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Juventus players look disappointed after their Serie A defeat to Udinese. | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Although they sit on the verge of winning Serie A, Juventus’ recent form has not been the stuff of champions. The Bianconeri conceded a 92nd minute winner to Udinese last time out, having led before half-time through Matthijs de Ligt’s goal to throw away all three points.

It means Juve have just one win in their last five league games, remaining top of the league despite dropping a concerning 10 points since the restart. Nevertheless, Maurizio Sarri’s side are unbeaten at home this season, winning all but two of their league games at the Allianz Stadium.

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Sampdoria celebrate their only goal against Genoa. | Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

Sampdoria fell to defeat in the Derby della Lanterna, losing 2-1 to rivals Genoa on Wednesday. Manolo Gabbiadini cancelled out Domenico Criscito’s penalty, before Lukas Lerager handed the ‘away’ side the victory at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The derby disappointment was Sampdoria’s first loss in four outings, having won three games on the bounce with three goals on each occasion. Claudio Ranieri’s men have five wins in their last seven league games, only failing to score once in their previous 14 Serie A fixtures.

Sampdoria and Juventus face off in their last league meeting. | MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images

It’s pretty simple for Juventus: they have to win on Sunday. They will be relieved that the title decider is on home soil, not to mention against Ranieri’s mid-table side with nothing left to play for. However, Sampdoria will still want to pick up a famous result, and will certainly go for the win in Turin.

Sarri against Ranieri will be a fantastic clash to watch, and with the title in sight, Juventus will give it their all to take all three points. One more win is all the Bianconeri need in order clinch a ninth consecutive Scudetto, and with the odds in their favour, Juve should clinch the win and the Italian title in the process.

Prediction: Juventus 3-1 Sampdoria

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The Juventus Team That Should Start Against Sampdoria

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Juventus fluffed the chance to win the title v Udinese | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Juventus fluffed the chance to secure the title last time out against Udinese, but they’ll know they will win their ninth successive Scudetto if they beat Sampdoria on Sunday.

Atalanta were unable to cut the deficit to three points when they drew 1-1 with Milan on Friday, and while the title race is still open mathematically, Juventus should secure the trophy on Sunday night.

Here is the team that could clinch the title against Sampdoria

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De Ligt celebrating his goal against Udinese | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Wojciech Szczesny (GK): The Pole is a world class goalkeeper and will be key to their hopes of securing the title on Sunday.

Juan Cuadrado (RB): The tricky right-winger has been totally remodelled into a marauding right-back now, he’ll come in for Danilo who hasn’t looked great recently.

Leonardo Bonucci (CB): Juve were without the experienced centre-back against Udinese, and they seriously missed. Now he is back and should slot in alongside…

Matthijs de Ligt (CB): The Dutch wonderkid struggled when he joined the Old Lady initially, but since the turn of the year he has looked composed in Juventus’ back four, scoring last time out.

Alex Sandro (LB): One of the best left-backs in world football, Sandro will always start when available.

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Juventus v Atalanta BC – Serie A | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Blaise Matuidi (CDM): The Frenchman is getting on a bit now, but he still performs an important role in Sarri’s side. He will come in to replace Aaron Ramsey.

Rodrigo Bentancur (CM): The key man in Juventus’ midfield, the Uruguayan will be a staple of the Turin side’s midfield for the foreseeable future.

Adrien Rabiot (CM): It took Rabiot a long time to get a chance in Sarri’s midfield, but in recent weeks he has looked really good in middle of the park, scoring a delightful solo goal against Milan.

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Ronaldo became the first player to score fifty goals in Italy, Spain and England. | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Federico Bernardeschi (RW): The winger has been linked with a move to Napoli as a make-weight for Arkadiusz Milik recently, but for now he will look to cause havoc down Juve’s right hand-side.

Paulo Dybala (CF): The Argentine striker has looked fantastic in recent weeks, and has developed a partnership of sorts with Ronaldo. He will be key to winning this game.

Cristiano Ronaldo (LW): I mean it’s Ronaldo, of course he’ll start.


The 5 Best Second Strikers in the World – Ranked

90min | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

The second striker. The Dark Knight of the football world. A player who ties it all together, combining style and substance. The on-field equivalent of Claudio Ranieri holding Andrea Bocelli’s coat while he serenades a packed stadium. The under-appreciated star.

This role is packed with creativity, spontaneity and more often than not, inconsistency. And this final trait is what separates the great from the absolute cream of the crop. Sure, these guys might have an off day or two, but 99 times out of 100, when you’re looking for someone to lean on in the dying moments, they stand up and be counted.

A deep-lying forward, or second striker, plays to serve those around him, be it a proper centre-forward, who snatches the headlines by applying the finishing touches to our protagonist’s chiselled craft, or as part of a forward three, chipping in as a ‘false nine’.

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Bergkamp is a classic second striker | Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

The title ‘second striker’ often varies in its terminology, and the specific role can be adapted in different forms. But from the days of Dennis Bergkamp teeing up Thierry Henry at Arsenal, or Francesco Totti conjuring moments of magic for Gabriel Batistuta at AS Roma, these players have always been very special.

And there are five guys in the modern game who have made this position their very own. Here are the best second strikers in the current world of football – ranked, for your pleasure.

It’s taken Josip Ilicic over a decade to finally find some consistency and a loving home, but at the grand old age of 32, he is finally earning recognition as one of the greatest second strikers in the business.

Working his way up from Slovenian side Bonifika, the forward completed a series of sideways moves, despite turning heads in Italy with his early performances in a talented Palermo side back in 2010. His career stalled from then on, enduring an indifferent spell at Fiorentina, before eventually landing in Bergamo. It seemed as if he’d never earn the big move that his talents merited.

As it turns out, he didn’t need it. Ilicic has dragged Atalanta to the dizzying heights of Champions League football and competing with Juventus at the Serie A summit, while scoring bucketfuls of goals.

La Dea look set to break the 100-goal barrier this season, and none of it would be possible without their creative genius, Ilicic.

When Lautaro Martinez arrived at Inter in the summer of 2018, there was a feeling that the second coming of Mauro Icardi had reached Milan prematurely. Another fiery, Argentinian striker with a nose like a bloodhound for sniffing out goals, I Nerazzurri supporters knew their future was in safe hands.

Only, the 22-year-old is nothing like Icardi as a player. He is so much more. Nicknamed The Bull, Martinez’s game revolves around doing all the dirty work at the top end of the pitch, and laying goals on a plate for strike partner Romelu Lukaku to profit.

Inter have blown teams away this season, with their dynamic duo often doing the damage, and El Toro’s hold up play and desire to run every defender into the ground is the main cause.

18 goals in all competitions so far this season tells only a fraction of the Martinez story, and it’s a tale which is destined for bigger and better things – sooner rather than later.

This man epitomises what it means to be a second striker. Roberto Firmino spent several years being overlooked and deemed dispensable in this Liverpool team – until he was taken out of it. And that’s the beauty, and the curse of performing this role.

Firmino has become the key component in Liverpool’s Champions and Premier League winning side, supplying Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah with all the ammunition they need to steamroll their opponents.

The Brazilian is so good at his job though, that he has been able to find the time (away from making everyone around him look better) to hit double figures in every Premier League campaign since arriving in 2015. He’s only one goal away from doing the same this year, but even if he doesn’t reach the magic 10, his contribution has been worth its weight in title gold.

The ultimate unsung hero.

It’s not been an easy rise to stardom for Paulo Dybala. Comparisons are often unfair on a young, developing forward, so to be likened to the greatest player in the world in Lionel Messi is as anxiety-evoking as it gets.

But la Joya has continued to work on his game, and he has grown to become the most valuable player in a star-studded Juventus side. The 26-year-old has learnt how to stamp his influence on a game, and his performances can truly determine whether I Bianconeri pick up one point or three.

With his devastating speed across the ground, his ingenuity to pull apart any defence, and a newly-found lethal eye for goal, there’s little that this man can’t do. He’d be a regular starter for any international team in the world, if only he didn’t occupy the same position as this man…

The greatest footballer in the world, so obviously Lionel Messi is the greatest second striker in the world, too. The Barcelona star defies history, logic, time, and just about every notion we have come to accept as normality in our endless existence.

Messi’s game has changed over the years, starting out as a pacy, tricky winger who loved to cut in from the right and wreak havoc and destruction. As the passing of time tried to take its toll, the rebel has adapted his game, and now begins much more centrally, looking to dictate play from deep.

At 33 years old, the Barça wizard has become La Liga’s Pichichi winner, notching 25 goals, and he also supplied the most assists over the course of the campaign, with an unrivalled 21 helping hands for his teammates. And this is all while playing in the worst Barcelona team of his generation.

Words simply don’t do him justice.


Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus are Suffering an Identity Crisis – & the Defeat to Udinese Proves it

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Juventus squandered the chance to clinch the Serie A title on Thursday, losing 2-1 to Udinese | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

It is fitting that in a season in which Juventus have largely underwhelmed, they look set to limp over the finish line in the Serie A title race.

A ninth straight Scudetto was within the grasp as they lined up to take on struggling Udinese on Thursday but they did not get the victory required, falling to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat.

The loss was systematic of a wider malaise that has been bubbling under the surface all year.

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Juventus will have to wait until Sunday for another chance to win the Serie A title | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Listen, it’s not been a disastrous season – far from it. But Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in Turin was supposed to usher in an era of beautiful, attacking football. This was why the former Chelsea boss had been airlifted in to one of the cushiest jobs in Europe last summer.

His predecessor Max Allegri won the league title with ease year after year but there was always a niggling feeling that Juve lacked a distinct identity; and if there’s one thing a modern footballing institution needs, it’s a tangible philosophy.

What better manager to give you an identity then the man behind Sarri-ball?

Thing is, while the tactical shape is the same, Juventus have rarely reached the heights of the chain smoking fanatic’s famous Napoli side. It was the same old story on Thursday evening.

Yes, the result was bad, but the performance was even worse.

Right from the outset lowly Udinese were able to grab a foothold in the game, thanks to the Juventus midfield’s failure to take control of proceedings. Key to Sarri’s system is keeping the ball moving in the middle of the park with short passes.

Juve’s trio of Rodrigo Bentancur, Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot did the opposite, either doing too much by carrying the ball forward or trying (and failing) to execute overly ambitious through balls. Their displays were also littered with basic errors.

This lack of control gave Udinese a springboard to launch their own attacks. The hosts nearly forced Juventus into a calamitous own goal early on while Rodrigo de Paul will have been aggrieved to have not been given a penalty when it seemed Ramsey brought him down.

Matthijs de Ligt – a rare bright spark for Sarri’s side – scored just before the break to paper over the cracks in what was a shocking opening 45 minutes. However, Juve could not hold back Udinese in the second half.

Alex Sandro’s horrendous positioning allowed Ilija Nestorovski to net a superb diving header in the 52nd minute, much to De Ligt visible annoyance, and the visitors did little to turn the tide as the game reached its conclusion.

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Questions may be asked about Sarri long term future after another disappointing display | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala did not look like they were enjoying playing alongside each other, while the less said about Federico Bernardeschi’s performance the better. Honestly, when was the last time he actually played well? I’ll have to rush you teams…

Juventus’ impotent forward line would be made to pay for their lack of invention in the 92nd minute when Seko Fofana was rewarded for his gladiatorial midfield performance by being gifted a chance to win his side the game. It was a chance he gobbled up gladly.

Fofana’s goal probably only delayed the inevitable. Barring a collapse of Nottingham Forest-esque proportion, Juve should claim the title on Sunday, but Thursday’s defeat has left a sour taste.

Juve are guaranteed to register their lowest points total since the 2014/2015 campaign and they still seem no closer to having a distinct tactical identity.


Udinese 2-1 Juventus: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Late Drama Dents Juve Title Hopes

Udinese beat Juventus 2-1 on Thursday night | MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images

Juventus blew the chance to secure their ninth straight Scudetto as a stoppage time goal earned relegation threatened Udinese an unlikely 2-1 victory over the Old Lady on Thursday night.

Despite their lowly league position, the hosts started the game brightly but lacked cutting edge in the final third. Juventus improved as the first half progressed and eventually found a breakthrough on the stroke of half time when Matthijs de Ligt surged forward to fire a low drive into the back of the net.

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De Ligt gave his side the lead in the first half | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Udinese came out strongly in the second half and grabbed a deserved equaliser courtesy of Ilija Nestorovski’s diving header with 52 minutes on the clock. Juventus pushed for the goal that would secure them their ninth straight Scudetto but could not break the home side down.

With Juve surging forward, Udinese hit them on the counter with Seko Fofana breaking free and sliding the ball home to secure an unlikely victory.

Here’s 90min’s breakdown of the game…

Starting XI: Musso (6); ter Avest (6), Troost-Ekong (7), Becao (7), Nuytinck (7), Zeegelaar (6); De Paul (7), Fofana (8), Sema (7); Nestorovski (8), Okaka (7 .

Substitutes: Stryger Larsen (6).

Key Talking Point

All Juventus had to do to clinch the Serie A title was beat Udinese. Lowly, relegation threatened Udinese. The same Udinese side who have scored 32 goals all season.

Did they do it? Absolutely not. They blew another lead and ensured that they’d have to wait at least a few more days to get their hands on the trophy.

It was a pretty turgid evening for Maurizio Sarri’s side. The visitors’ biggest issues were in midfield. Aaron Ramsey, Rodrigo Bentancur and Adrien Rabiot were all poor, offering little incision and repeatedly making routine errors.

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It was a frustrating game for Maurizio Sarri’s side | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Things were almost as bad up front. Dybala offered some invention but the Argentine looked uncomfortable alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, with Federico Bernardeschi and

substitute Douglas Costa similarly out of sorts.

Barring a cataclysmic disaster, this result has merely delayed the inevitable. Juve will be hoping that when they do eventually secured the title, they manage to look a lot more convincing than this.

Starting XI: Szczęsny (7); Danilo (5), Rugani (6), de Ligt (7), Alex Sandro (4); Ramsey (5), Bentancur (5), Rabiot (5); Bernardeschi (5), Dybala (6), Ronaldo (5) .

Substitutes: Costa (5), Matuidi (5), Cuadrado (6).

STAR MANMatthijs de Ligt

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Matthijs de Ligt scored a fine goal on Thursday | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Just 20 years old and already staking a claim to be the best centre-back in Serie A, Matthijs de Ligt can be happy with his display against Udinese.

His goal was a splendid nod to the Dutch goalscoring defenders of yesteryear and he marshalled the backline well all evening. Well, for most of the evening.

Next up, Udinese’s fight against relegation continues against mid-table Cagliari. Juventus meanwhile, host Sampdoria. Both games take place on Sunday.