The Bianconeri saw their impressive 26-match winning streak snapped last weekend by Hellas Verona. Whilst it was a moot point given that Verona are already heading to Serie B, Massimiliano Allegri was not impressed and will expect Juventus to rebound with a much better performance this time around.
Next up on the menu for La Vecchia Signora will be the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan. This gives the team a chance to successfully make it back-to-back domestic doubles and Juve are by far viewed as the heavy favorites to easily beat the Rossoneri on May 21st.
Alex Sandro, who received a red card against Verona, will miss this match due to ban. Claudio Marchisio and Martin Caceres are out for the long haul as a result of injuries as well as Sami Khedira.
Meanwhile, as for Sampdoria, it has truly been a miserable season. The Blucerchiati have been simply poor in their showings, with just one win in their past five matches. Currently in 15th place, Vincenzo Montella’s men will naturally avoid the drop, but that does not mean there is no source of concern for the team’s fans.
And as usual – Antonio Cassano is at it again. Seems like he might be getting older, but he is certainly not getting any wiser. It will be very interesting to see whether the former AC Milan, Roma, Inter, and Real Madrid attacker features this weekend as his former teammate Montella tries to rally the troops after a discouraging 3-0 defeat to Genoa in the Derby della Lanterna last weekend.
It was their first derby defeat since September 2013 and certainly did not help to ease the mounting pressure on Montella, who has returned to management after a pretty solid spell in charge of Fiorentina.
Juventus and Sampdoria have some interesting history. The Blucerchiati just so happened to be the first team to beat La Vecchia Signora with Antonio Conte on the tactician’s bench back in January 2013.
Anyway, it has truly been a very fascinating campaign, especially if one is a Juventus supporter. The Bianconeri lost their opening game at home for the first time in the club’s entire history. So, given this, they will naturally be loath to end this season on a sour note – by dropping points in their closing league match of the 2015/2016 Serie A season.
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