The second half of the 2018/2019 season of the Italian Serie A start this weekend. The last game of the round 20 is scheduled for Monday when Juventus will welcome Chievo at Turin Stadium. Considering that Juve are at the top of the table and Chievo are at the bottom, it’s obvious who the favorite is. But, Chievo have been real giant-slayers this season, so Juve’s job might not be as easy as expected. To learn more about this match, make sure to ready our Juventus vs Chievo prediction and betting tips!
Juventus have been fantastic this entire season, winning 17 matches in Serie A and playing draw only twice. Even though this is an impressive statistic, no one can say that this wasn’t expected. After all, this is the team that won the Italian championship each time in the previous 7 seasons.
And this season their team is even stronger than it was in those years. This season they have Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad. And he’s been brilliant in Serie A, scoring a total of 14 goals in the first half of the season, which put him on the top of the best-scorers’ list. Apart from scoring, he’s also been excellent in terms of goal assists. Currently, he has 5 of them, which makes him the player with the most assists in Juventus’ squad.
And even though he’s turning 34 in two week’s time, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t look like someone who’s gonna retire anytime soon. Actually, he’s been playing at a really top level lately. On Wednesday, Juve won the Italian Super Cup against AC Milan and he was the only scorer in that match. Considering that he’s been on fire, the chances are that we’ll see him scoring on Monday night.
Chievo are at the very bottom of the table and are therefore the biggest candidates for relegation. Sure, they hope to avoid it, but the time is ticking away. Right now, they have only 8 points, which they collected by playing draw on 8 occasions. They did win one game this season, but due to transfer scandals from the last season, the federation deducted 3 points from them.
Chievo’s form seems to be improving, though. This team won a total of 6 points in the previous 5 rounds by winning one and drawing three matches. And the win in question happened on the last weekend of 2018. But, even such a form doesn’t seem sufficient to keep them in the top Italian flight. The problem is that the nearest team that’s above the relegation zone has 8 points more than them. And there are two teams in-between, which are also giving their best to get away from the bottom.
On the bright side, Chievo have plenty of very experienced players in the team, something that helped them do well against some heavyweight teams this season. This team played draw with Inter, Lazio, Napoli, and Roma in the first half of the season. They even gave Juve a run for their money, even though they eventually lost 3:2 in the stoppage time. In that game, they had a lead until the 75th minute when one of their players scored an own goal.
- Juan Cuadrado (injury)
- Andrea Barzagli (injury)
- Joel Obi (injury)
Szczesny – Chiellini, Bonucci, Cancelo, Alex Sandro – Matuidi, Pjanic, Bentancur – Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo
Sorrentino – Bani, Rossettini, Depaoli, Barba – Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Giaccherini, Birsa – Djordjevic, Pellissier
Juventus vs Chievo Prediction
Juve are going to win this, but it’s not going to be as easy as expected. I think Chievo can fight back and put at least a goal in Juve’s net.
Juventus vs Chievo Betting Tips
- Cristiano Ronaldo to Score @1.46 (Unibet)
- Over 2.5 Goals @1.53 (bet365)
- BTS @3.30 (bwin)