Sun. May 29th, 2022

Former Serie A champions kick-off the new Serie A campaign as they travel north to Udine to take on Udinese at the Dacia Arena.

Having dispensed of the services of Andrea Pirlo over the summer, Juventus moved quickly to bring in former 5-time Serie winning boss Max Allegri who returned to Turin having left the club in 2019. 

As such, plenty is expected of Juve in the coming season, particularly with champions Inter losing star striker Romelu Lukaku following a tightening of the purse-strings at the San Siro. 

For Juve, new signing Manuel Locatelli, who has arrived from Sassuolo following a brilliant Euros with Italy, will provide added quality to their midfield while you know how remains at the club despite recent press speculation liking CR7 to PSG and Man City. 

Past meetings between these sides have certainly favoured Juve, with the visitors winning 8 of the last 9 fixtures since 2017; however, goals have also been prominent, with 7 of the last 9 including each of the last 6 going over 2.5 goals. 5 of the last 6 meetings have also seen BTTS. 

Given those stats, we expect Juventus to get their season going with a vital 3 points in a contest where both to score and over 2.5 goals also offer decent value. 

Udinese Team News

Roberto Pereyra scored twice in last weekend’s win over Ascoli, and the Argentine playmaker will start for Udinese here. 

Having arrived from Spanish outfit Mirandes, new signing Cristo González could start making his debut last weekend.

Juventus Team News

New signing Manuel Locatelli could feature, but any debut appearance is likely from the visitors’ substitute bench. 

Juventus should start with the dangerous attacking trio of Dybala, Ronaldo and Chiesa in attack as I Bianconeri look to improve on an away record that has seen them win only 9 of their last 23 away league matches since July 2020.