Match Today: Juventus vs Cremonese 04-01-2023 Serie A
Juventus will be looking to start the new year strong when they take on Cremonese at Stadio Giovanni Zini on Wednesday.
The mid-season break in Italy is finally over, and the 2022/23 Serie A season will resume with Round 16. The final round of matches will begin with the Salernitana-Milan match.
Juventus will play later in the day when they meet Cremonese at Giovanni Zini Stadium. American Cremonese have returned to Serie A after a long hiatus after finishing second in Serie B last season.
Things have not been easy in Serie A for the Cremonese side, however, as they sit in the relegation zone after their first 15 matches.
Massimiliano Alfini's men are the only team to have won a Serie A game this season. But seven draws lifted it above Sampdoria and Hellas Verona in the standings.
Juventus vs Cremonese
On the other hand, 2022/23 has been a hot season so far for Juventus. The Bianconeri failed to get past the group stage in the Champions League, falling to the Europa League after finishing third in a group also consisting of Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica.
But just when their fortunes were improving in Serie A with six consecutive victories, a bombshell arrived in the form of a financial scandal, costing the board members their positions.
Cremonese and Juventus played to a 3-3 draw the last time they clashed in Serie A, and the tough tackle is now taking a closer look at the league meeting ahead of the two teams' final meeting.
Massimiliano Alfini doesn't have too many problems to deal with ahead of a visit to Juventus. The Cremonese coach will miss one player in the first team on Wednesday, with veteran defender Vlad Chiricis injured.
Cremonese vs Juventus
Cremonese have kept two clean sheets in their last two league matches at home. Only between February and April 1995 did Juventus win their last six league matches without conceding a goal.
The last time he had more consecutive wins without scoring was in Serie A in March 2018 (nine wins under Massimiliano Allegri).
Having picked up just two points from six away matches, Juventus have won each of their last three Serie A road matches against Torino, Lecce and Hellas Verona 1-0.
Adrien Rabiot has been involved in five goals in his last five Serie A matches (three goals, two assists), which equals the number of goals he has scored in 42 Serie A matches.
Wojciech Szczesny has been strong at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will be keen to continue his rich style this week.
Juventus will field a 3-5-2 formation in front of the experienced Polish goalkeeper. Daniele Rugani, Gleeson Bremer and Alex Sandro should form the central defence.