Weston McKennie and Juventus look to continue their red-hot domestic form as they take on Sassuolo in a midweek Serie A match from Turin.
The Old Lady have won five in a row across all competitions, last failing to secure victory in a 1-1 draw with Genoa in mid-December. They have lost just once all year, against this very Sassuolo side back in September, a 4-2 blip in an otherwise impressively consistent campaign.
McKennie, for his part, has been exceptional, coming into the season without a confirmed role but establishing himself as an undroppable member of the midfield. He assisted Dusan Vlahovic’s late winner in a 2-1 victory over Frosinone during the holidays, and had a pair of assists against the same opponent in their recent Coppa Italia victory.
His emergence as a reliable two-way midfielder coincides with the breakout of young striker Kenan Yildz, who has become a sensation in recent weeks at just 18 years old.
Juventus vs Sassuolo prediction, odds
- Moneyline lean: Juventus (-285)
- Score prediction: Juventus 3-1 Sassuolo
Sassuolo sprung their upset of Juve earlier in the year, and as the Turin giants continue their chase for the title, they’ll have circled this revenge match on their calendar.
Juventus’s defensive solidity has been exceptional, leading the Italian top flight in expected goals this season and second in goals conceded. While Sassuolo’s potent attack, led by Domenico Berardi, should provide a threat, they’ll be outdone by a team in great goal scoring form.
to score Y/N
|-110 / -115
|Over / Under
|-150 / +105
Juventus vs Sassuolo match facts
- Date: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024
- Kickoff Time: 8:45 p.m. local (2:45 p.m. ET / 11:45 a.m. PT)
- Location: Allianz Stadium (Turin, Italy)
- Referee: Marco Piccinini
- Last meeting: Sassuolo 4-2 Juventus (Sep. 23, 2023 | Serie A)
Juventus vs Sassuolo best bet
- Pick: Juventus -1.5 goal handicap
- Odds: +120 (DraftKings)
Juve are in electric form, beginning to pull away from the pack in the two-horse Serie A title race. They haven’t scored in bunches, but they have created a host of chances, struggling instead to finish the opportunities.
The emergence of Kenan Yildiz promises to change that. He has exploded into a starting role alongside Dusan Vlahovic, and with the Serbian not finishing at his expected rate, Yildiz may see his playing time continue to rise. If it does, Juventus should begin to find the net more, especially here against Sassuolo’s porous back line which ranks as fourth-worst in Serie A on expected goals.
Along with their outstanding defensive structure, they will punish Sassuolo to exact their revenge for earlier in the season.
Juventus vs Sassuolo prop bet
- Pick: Kenan Yildiz anytime goal scorer
- Odds: +175 (DraftKings)
Dusan Vlahovic remains the main central striker for Juventus, but we’ve seen enough to know that 18-year-old Turkish international Kenan Yildiz is the real deal. He has started each of their last three league matches, proving influential with five shots and a goal across 192 minutes.
Vlahovic is not finishing at a quality rate, with just two goals on 3.4 xG across their last six league games and sporting a -1.72 xG/goal differential this season. As he continues to miss big chances, Yildiz’s opportunities will only grow. Against a porous defensive unit like Sassuolo’s, there should be a host of chances for him to finish off.
Juventus vs Sassuolo live stream, TV channel
Serie A broadcast rights are owned in the United States by CBS Sports, who make every match available to stream on Paramount+ across the entirety of the 2023/24 season.
In Canada, the rights are owned exclusively by Fubo, who are offering a free trial for new users. In the UK, broadcast rights to Serie A matches are owned by TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) with this match made available on TNT Sports 1, with streaming on discovery+.