Juventus vs Spezia Serie A LIVE Football Score 2 March 2021
With their Scudetto defence continuing to falter, Juventus host overachieving Spezia on Tuesday evening, sorely in need of maximum points to stay in contention for a tenth consecutive title.
Andrea Pirlo’s side are still adrift of the league-leading Milan clubs after a draw in Verona at the weekend, while their Bianconeri counterparts staged a second-half fightback to salvage a point against Parma.
Juventus are currently third in the league, ten points behind leaders Inter Milan, with a game in hand. Both Milan clubs’ victory in the last game week would make the Bianconeri feel like they missed out on three important points on Saturday. Andrea Pirlo’s men must go on a winning run in order to keep their title challenge active and they will look to make amends against Spezia in their upcoming home game on Tuesday.
Spezia have been underwhelming after their huge victory over AC Milan. The Liguria based club lost 3-0 in Florence and rescued a point on Saturday after a 2-2 draw against Parma, thanks to a second-half brace from striker Emmanuel Gyasi.
However, Juventus had no difficulty in beating Spezia 1-4 in the reverse fixture and will look for a similar result this time as well. Ahead of this game, let us take a look at both teams
Andrea Pirlo will continue to be without his regular defensive players Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Juan Cuadrado. Paulo Dybala has been a long-term absentee with his recurring ligament issue and has flown to Barcelona to visit a specialist.
Alvaro Morata might miss out on this game as he’s still suffering from the effects of an intestinal illness. Pirlo is likely to switch to back four for this game with Danilo’s availability after he served a one-game suspension against Verona. He will replace Federico Bernardeschi.
Wojciech Szczesny will retain his place between the sticks. Danilo will return to his right-back position and he will be supported by Merih Demiral, Matthijs De Ligt and Alex Sandro in defence. Rodrigo Bentancur will form the midfield partnership alongside Welshman Aaron Ramsey, with Federico Chiesa and Weston McKennie being the wide players. Despite the lack of goals, Dejan Kulusevski is expected to partner Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.
Pirlo will switch from a 3-5-2 formation last weekend to his favoured 4-4-2 system in this game. This system provides the team with a lot fluidity in attack, with Weston McKennie drifting in from left midfield allowing Sandro space on the left side to press forward. Ramsey’s box-to-box abilities have been a key factor for the Bianconeri and his link-up with Chiesa and Ronaldo will be vital.