Serie A Gameweek 2
Aug 28, 2021 KO: 18:45

Juventus - Empoli

Allianz Stadium Torino
Referee: Davide Ghersini
  21' Mancuso

Match preview

Ronaldo on the way out – How Juventus could line up against Empoli

Juventus will have to adjust to life without Cristiano Ronaldo this weekend as the Portguese looks to force a move.

Cristiano Ronaldo dropped a bombshell on Juventus during the week by seeking to force a move. Even more earth-shattering is the fact that move appears to be back to Manchester, only this time in City blue rather than the red of United that he once wore.

Ronaldo played half an hour off the bench in Juventus’ opening day draw against Udinese last week, and looked pretty happy when he thought he had scored a last-minute winner, only for VAR to rule the goal out.

But now the five-time Ballon d’Or winner seems all but out the door, and Massimiliano Allegri must adjust accordingly as Juve play host to Empoli on Saturday night.

Italy’s European Championship-winning captain Giorgio Chiellini will likely start from the substitute’s bench again as he regains full fitness.

That could leave the back four unchanged, with Chiellini’s Euros partner Leonardo Bonucci alongside Mathijs de Ligt at the heart of the defence and Danilo and Alex Sandro on either side.

Aaron Ramsey has succumbed to injury after last week’s fixture, opening up a first start in Juventus colours for summer signing Manuel Locatelli alongside Rodrigo Bentancur.

Federico Chiesa could come in on the left-hand side to replace his namesake Bernardeschi, with Juan Cuadrado keeping his place on the right after opening the scoring last week.

Paulo Dybala was also on the scoresheet and impressed throughout the 90 minutes against Udinese, meaning he should once again partner Alvaro Morata up front.

Juventus have more than enough quality with Ronaldo out of the side and Allegri will be eager to move on from the discussion and earn his first win back in charge of the Old Lady.

Juventus Starting XI versus Empoli

Juve - Football tactics and formations

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Empoli
  Average Match Rating  
6.4
  Home  
6.9
6.9
  Away  
6.6
6.7
  Total  
6.7

Match statistics

Juventus
Statistics
Empoli
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
13
9
Draws
4
8
Losses
3
3
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
43
34
Goals Per Game
2.15
1.70
More > 2.5 Goals
16
9
More > 3 Goals
10
7
Scored First in a Match
12
13
Scored Both Halves
10
7
Won More > 1 Goal
8
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
24
23
Did Not Score
3
2
Both Teams Scored
15
12
Kept Clean Sheet
2
6
Won Without Conceding
2
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
729
667
Possession
55
56
Passes
539
470
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
17
Shots on Target
5.90
5.25
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.14
Crosses
22
27
Offsides
2.86
2.24
Penalties
0.20
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.10
0.30
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
15
13
Interceptions
11
10
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
12
16
Total Shots Conceded
12
11
Shots on Target Conceded
3.65
3.58
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.15
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
15
13
Yellow Cards
2.05
1.70
Red Cards
0.00
0.10

Injuries

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