This is a pick from Friday Night football action in the Italian Serie A, as Leaders Juventus travel away to Bologna to try and hang on to their 1 point lead at the top of the table.
Juventus have been on a tear winning 15 straight games that has seen them catapult over Napoli from their encounter last week to take a 1 point lead at the top of the table. Juventus are playing this game early on Friday due to their critical Champions League game with Bayern in mid-week; so this should get the best performance out of them having 5 days of rest while having another 4 days to recover for Bayern. Juventus have relied a lot on the steel of their defence to build them on this successful run as they have now won and kept clean sheets in 8 straight games and and the same in 10 out of their last 13 games. Despite all this strong defensive work, they have also been scoring well on the offensive end led by Manduzkic, Morata, Dybala and their weekend hero last week in Zaza. Through the midfield the strings are well pulled by Pogba and Marchisio, with the former showing great form to be considered for the player of the year in the Serie A along with Higuain.
Bologna have had a decent season, sneaking up with victories in games that they were not expected to win and delivering strong performances winning 3 out of their last 5 games. As they entertain leaders Juventus this time, they will be vary of the fact that they have only won 1 of their previous 5 games at home. Bologna have relied on Destro, Giaccherini and Mounier; their front 3 to provide the sparks for them on a weekly basis. However, defensively is where they have largely struggled to match up and have conceded goals against all the top teams in Roma, Fiorentina, Napoli, Lazio among the few. Their struggle will be to keep Juventus out while penetrating their really strong defence in this encounter.
Juventus have enjoyed this tie, winning each of their last 4 games, while winning by a 2 goal margin in 3 out of those 4 including a 3-1 win early in the season. I expect Juventus to continue on their merry way and win this game tonight and probably even by a couple of goals.