Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Saturday’s football match at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi pits together Chievo and Juventus, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2017/2018 Serie A campaign. Chievo are desperate to secure yet another Serie A survival, whilst the Bianconeri are determined to defend their Scudetto. The Mussi Volanti failed to impress in a 5-1 loss to Lazio at Stadio Olimpico in their last league match, with the team extending their winless run in the national championship to eight games. The hosts are low on confidence ahead of the visit of the “Old Lady” and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the title holders in the “City of Love”. Juve aim to melt Napoli’s advantage in the Serie A standings and we predict the reigning champions, who are on a four-match winning run on the road, will fight tooth and nail against the Mussi Volanti on Matchday 22.
Highlighted Player (Valter Birsa):
After making just one appearance for Primorje in the 2003/2004 campaign, Valter Birsa joined Gorica at the age of 17. He impressed with the Slovenian outfit, scoring 26 goals in 61 league matches and, as a result, earned a lucrative move to Sochaux. The left-footed midfielder, who plays as a winger as well, did not score too many goals for the French outfit (8), but it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Auxerre (in 2009) before his contract expired. Despite being on Liverpool’s radar, Birsa joined Genoa on 2 February 2011 and he made nine league appearances for the Rossoblu in the 2011/2012 Serie A campaign. After ending his loan spell with Torino in 2013 he joined Italian giants Milan, in what was a swap deal for Luca Antonini, who moved to Genoa. Valter Birsa has 12 caps for Slovenia U21 and he represented the Slovenian national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He scored his first goal for Slovenia on 9 September, 2009 against Poland.
Highlighted Team (Juventus):
Juventus are considered one of the greatest European football clubs. The Bianconeri (The White and Blacks) have won two Champions League trophies (1985, 1996) and they did well to clinch three UEFA Cup titles (1977, 1990, 1993). The Italian giants have won 32 Serie A trophies and it is well known that a number of star players were part of Juve in the past. The likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Lilian Thuram, Filippo Inzaghi, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet all played for Juventus, whilst legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has yet to retire. Juve were stripped two domestic trophies during the “Calciopoli” scandal, but despite being relegated to Serie B, the club quickly brought glory days back to Turin. The Bianconeri used to play their home games at Stadio delle Alpi, but nowadays they welcome their rivals at Juventus Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 41,475. La Vechhia Signora (The Old Lady) is yet another nickname of the club. Juve’s biggest rivals are Torino and the two local rivals take on each other in the Turin derby.