Massimiliano Allegri’s start the new season against Sassuolo with a renovated squad, new title ambitions and the clear target of bringing back the Scudetto to Turin after two seasons where Inter Milan and AC Milan won the title. Juventus finished fourth last season, their second straight fourth-place finish after nine straight Scudettos. Their opening week opponents, Sassuolo finished 11th last yeah, declining from back-to-back eighth place finishes the two seasons before that and start a new chapter under coach Alessio Dionisi. Here’s what you need to know:
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Viewing information and odds
Date: Monday, Aug 15 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Allianz Arena — Turin
Odds: Juventus -250; Draw +350; Sassuolo +450 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Juventus: Paul Pogba came back at the club this summer but the French midfielder is still out with a knee injury and likely will not be back before the end of September. American international Weston McKennie suffered a foot injury in February that forced him to miss the majority of the rest of the 2021/2022 season. He returned to play 14 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina on the last day of the season. McKinnie scored three goals and created 20 chances in his first Juventus season, but he suffered a shoulder injury while on Juventus’ US tour last week and he is expected to miss a month.
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Sassuolo: The Neroverdi are going through a makeover this summer after the club sold Gianluca Scamacca to West Ham for around €40 million and there are negotiations on for the departure of Giacomo Raspadori to Napoli as well. The club replaced the Italian striker with former Empoli man Andrea Pinamonti, who was bought from Inter Milan for around €30 million, add-ons included. Defensively, Sassuolo were not very good last season. They averaged 16 clearances per game (tied for 12th in the league), were last in the league in tackle percentage at 33%, and averaged 93 duels per game, fourth fewest in the league. So without their breakout star striker, it could be a difficult campaign
Juventus are not expected to miss the first opportunity of the season and should win the match pretty easily. PICK: Juventus 2, Sassuolo 0.