Juventus target ninth successive title against Sampdoria

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Juventus will welcome Sampdoria to Turin on Sunday night knowing that a victory would see them win the Serie A title for a ninth year in a row.

The Old Lady passed up the chance to secure the trophy on Thursday as they lost at Udinese, but Maurizio Sarri’s side will be confident of getting the job done on home soil this weekend.

Juve was well on course to secure the title with three games left when they took a first-half lead against Udinese on Thursday night courtesy of a goal from Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The home side turned the game around in the second period, though, ultimately securing all three points courtesy of a 92nd-minute winner, meaning that the title race is still, mathematically at least, alive.

Second-placed Atalanta BC will have the chance to cut the gap to three points when they face AC Milan on Friday night, but Juve has a superior head-to-head record, meaning that a victory in this game would leave them at least six points clear of Atalanta with two games left.

Inter Milan and Lazio are also not out of the argument at this stage, and both teams will be looking to overcome Genoa and Hellas Verona respectively before Juve take to the field on Sunday night.

There is no question that the Old Lady have had their problems this season, but they are closing in on another Scudetto, cementing themselves once again as the powerhouse in Italian football.

Sampdoria, meanwhile, will enter the match in impressive form, having won five of their last seven league matches to ease any relegation fears that they might have had last month.

Three straight losses in their three games immediately after the lockdown period had put them in trouble, but Claudio Ranieri’s side has been in excellent form since the start of July.

A total of 41 points from 35 matches has left them in 14th position in the table, nine points clear of the relegation zone and actually only two points off the top half of the division.

La Samp has lost 10 of their 17 away league games this season, though, and are heading for a Juve side that has the best home record in Serie A with 15 wins and two draws from 17 matches.

Source: Punchng.

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