Juventus will look to seal a return to the Champions League this Monday when they travel to Stadio Carlo Castellani to face Empoli.
The hosts are looking to continue their impressive run of three games without defeat (W2, D1) that has pushed them far from the relegation zone.
After a concerning run of three successive Serie A defeats to end April, Empoli sprung into May on a different note beating Bologna (3-1) and Salernitana (2-1) before recording a 1-1 draw with relegated Sampdoria last time.
Yet, they have been woeful at the back, having not kept a clean sheet in six games.
Yet, the Stadio Carlo Castellani faithful will be pleased with what manager Paolo Zanetti has masterminded. After four consecutive home matches without a win (D2, L2),, the hosts have won three of their last four (L1) home games.
The Blues will now be hoping to keep the momentum going when they tackle Juventus here, especially as they’ve managed to go unbeaten in their last five top-flight matches played on a Monday.
Juventus come into this tie in a disappointing mood after crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday, courtesy of an extra-time loss to Sevilla in Spain.
The result means that their only route to UEFA Champions League next season is via a top-four finish in the Serie A. So they will be desperate to win here to seal their top-four destiny.
They will fancy their chances here after winning their last three Serie A games. However, Max Allegri’s men have been poor on their travels, winning just one of their last seven away games (D2, L4).
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Perhaps a trip to Empoli will aid them in bettering that record, having beaten their hosts in 17 of their last 21 H2Hs in all competitions (D2, L2).