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Match Preview : Juventus looks to extend unbeaten run against Sassuolo

Massimiliano Allegri celebrated his 400th match as Juventus manager in style, leading his side to a 4-0 win over Frosinone in the Coppa Italia on Thursday. The result ensured Juventus’ place in the semi-finals for the fifth consecutive year.

The win also extended Juventus’ unbeaten run to 16 matches in all competitions, a run that started immediately after the 4-2 defeat to Sassuolo in September.

The run almost came to an end on the final day of the league season, when Juventus came from behind to beat Salernitana 2-1. The win kept the pressure on league leaders Inter Milan.

Samuel Iling Jr. became the 13th different player to score for Juventus in Serie A this season, the most in the league along with Frosinone. Goals have also not been a problem at home, where Juventus have won four in a row, scoring 10 goals in the last two.

Sassuolo’s victory in the first leg against Juventus has not been the catalyst they had hoped for. The team have since won just one of their six matches in all competitions, a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina.

Sassuolo go into the match with just two points above the relegation zone, and they will be looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time since September.

The club have a poor record against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium, having won just one of their 11 visits. They have also won just two of their nine away matches this season. However, only the current top four teams in Serie A have scored more goals than Sassuolo’s 13 away from home.

Players to watch:

  • Arkadiusz Milik has scored his last three Serie A goals for Juventus after the break. He will be looking to add to his tally after scoring a hat-trick in the Coppa Italia on Thursday.
  • Andrea Pinamonti scored the winning goal in the first leg and also scored in Sassuolo’s last victory over Fiorentina. His last three goals have all come in the first half.

Hot stat: Juventus have scored the first goal in eight of their nine Serie A matches at home this season.

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