After 15 matches, Juventus are fifth in Serie A. Massimiliano Allegri’s men have won the Italian championship in each of the last four years and the Old Lady are currently hunting a fifth successive title. Prior to the start of the campaign, Juve lost a number of key personalities and stars – none more so than Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal. It was always going to be tricky but the Serie A champions are now starting to gel and look as though they could challenge for the title this season. We take a look at their chances of earning a fifth straight crown.
At the end of September, everything was looking bleak for Juve. They were languishing in mid-table and had struggled to build any sort of momentum throughout the early stages of the campaign. While they were performing well in the Champions League, it looked as though their domestic rivals had figured Juventus out and Allegri’s men were failing to break opponents down. However, they have completely changed their style of play in recent months and Juve are now much more dangerous and playing free-flowing, attacking football. In fact, the Old Lady have won their last three matches without conceding a goal – an impressive feat.
While they still sit six points behind current leaders Inter Milan, Juventus have more than enough time to climb above the Nerazzurri. It could be argued that Juventus boast the most complete squad in Serie A and, therefore, should have the strength in depth to mount a title challenge throughout the remainder of the campaign. As the defending champions, they will be hungry to retain the title and are at the time of writing well priced at 4/7 in bet365’s football betting markets to beat Fiorentina and maintain their current momentum and run of form.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata have been an inspiration in recent weeks and these three stars have played an integral role in their recent resurgence. While Pogba is potentially their most gifted player, Dybala – who joined from Palermo this summer – has been their main goal threat this term. In fact, Dybala has netted seven goals in 14 matches this season, including three in his last four Serie A fixtures. If Juve are to compete for the title once again, their main striker will be crucial to their chances while Morata and Mario Mandzukic will also be expected to chip in with a number of key goals.
Can Juventus do it? Of course they can. The Serie A champions are the class act of Italian football and Allegri’s men are in ominous form as we approach the mid-season break. If Juve can regroup after the Christmas period and continue their fine run, they stand an incredible chance of success. Due to their poor start, they cannot afford many slip-ups but if anybody is capable of defying the odds and coming back to win the Serie A title, it’s Juventus.