What an intriguing game we will be witnessing on Saturday between league leaders Juventus and 12th-placed team, Genoa! Ivan Jurić’s men have displayed a “so-so” performance thus far in the league and will have a daunting task trying to beat Juventus in Turin. Nevertheless, having lost 3:1 to Parma in their last game, the visitors would want to give out their utmost best to create an upset.
At what time is Juventus vs Genoa?
The Old Ladies, currently in fine form this season, will hope to continue their unbeaten streak as they welcome Genoa to the Allianz Stadium on Saturday, October 20, at 12:00 PM ET/4:00 PM GMT.
What is the head-to-head record of Juventus against Genoa?
Juventus have emerged winners in their last four encounters against Genoa, scoring 11 goals and recording three clean sheets whilst conceding just two in the process. Per the aforementioned records, it seems quite impossible for the opposition to become the team to halt the Bianconeri’s perfect run in the 2018/2019 Serie A. However, the underdogs could still take inspiration from their 3:1 win over Juventus in the 2015/2016 season.
In addition to this psychological motivation, Genoa have in their midst Europe’s top scorer this season in the form of Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek. He is on fire with 14 goals in 10 appearances for club and country, this term. In the league, Piatek possesses an average of 5.3 shots per game, less than Cristiano’s 7.6. In spite of that, his minutes per goal ratio (70) beats CR7’s (180).
How is Cristiano Ronaldo preparing for Juventus vs Genoa?
Trust the 33-year-old forward to dim the spotlight of his Polish counterpart this weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to continue from where he left off before the international break.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 18, 2018
The Portuguese talisman had a rusty start to life in the Serie A but, as anticipated, was able to maneuver his way through. Ronaldo has started banging in goals and assists. Since he was left out of the Portuguese national team for their UEFA Nations League fixtures against Poland and Scotland, CR7 should be fully fit and fresh for the upcoming game against Genoa.
The massively decorated forward has four goals and four assists in the Serie A thus far and will look forward to increasing his tally. Putting his name on the score sheet on Saturday could take him up to fourth on the topscorers’ chart, alongside Piatek (9), Insigne (6), Immobile and Defrel (5).
Juventus vs Genoa pre-match talk
Genoa replaced Davide Ballardini with Ivan Juric some ten days ago. Juventus defender Mattia De Sciglio thinks this managerial move could boost the visitors’ determination to perform on Saturday.
“Genoa have changed their coach and they will want to make a good impression here in Turin,” De Sciglio noted.
“Against the Rossoblu, it’s always a tough game. And after the international break, it is even harder to start again,” he concluded.
However, here’s the case where Ronaldo’s presence alone could mesmerize the opposition and inspire Juve to three more points. In fact, Genoa’s goal poacher, Krzysztof Piatek, is anticipating the meetup against his idol.
“Cristiano is the best player in the world right now and in my view the greatest there has ever been,” the $4.6 million 23-year-old signing told the press.
“I’d like to give my jersey to Ronaldo and maybe get his,” he revealed.
Meanwhile, Cristiano has not been speaking much to the media, of late. The ex-Real Madrid forward, whose global image is currently being threatened by rape allegations involving ex-model Kathryn Mayorga, has his focus channeled on talking on the pitch.
By Team CRD