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.
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.
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.
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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