A Juventus team sitting at the top of the Serie A table will host an Empoli team full of confidence at the Allianz Stadium on Matchday 22. The Bianconeri are currently in first place with 52 points, albeit playing one more match than Inter, who participated and eventually won the Supercoppa Italiana.
La Vecchia Signora defeated Lecce 3-0 in the previous round of action with Dusan Vlahovic scoring twice. The Serbian striker has been in impressive form lately, currently sitting with 11 goals for the Serie A campaign so far, and Lautaro Martinez from Inter has scored more with 18.
Meanwhile, Empoli have replaced Aurelio Andreazzoli as coach with Davide Nicola, and the Azzurri began the Nicola era with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Monza. Szymon Zurkowski scored a hat-trick, and the Tuscans are sitting 19th on the table, just two points from safety.
On paper, Juventus should win comfortably. They have won their last seven competitive fixtures including their last five Serie A matches. However, Empoli have given the Bianconeri some difficulty in recent years.
The Azzurri won 1-0 in Turin early in the 2021/22 season, and smashed La Vecchia Signora 4-1 late in the 2022/23 campaign in Tuscany. This is one match in which Juve need to live up to their motto, “Fino alla fine,” or “Until the end.”
Juventus vs Empoli: Predicted line-ups
Juventus can definitely rule out Mattia De Sciglio with an injury, while Moise Kean, Federico Chiesa, and Adrien Rabiot are doubts for the match. Danilo will earn a suspension if he receives a yellow card against Empoli.
Meanwhile, the Azzurri are missing Tyronne Ebuehi, Simone Bastoni, and Giuseppe Pezzella due to injuries, while Francesco Caputo, Mattia Destro, and Viktor Kovalenko are doubts for the match. Emmanuel Gyasi, Alberto Grassi, and Jacopo Fazzini are one yellow card away from suspension.
Juventus predicted XI vs Empoli (3-5-2): Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Danilo; Cambiaso, McKennie, Locatelli, Miretti, Kostic; Vlahovic, Yildiz
Empoli predicted XI vs Juventus (4-3-2-1): Caprile; Bereszynski, Walukiewicz, Luperto, Cacace; Zurkowski, Grassi, Fazzini; Cambiaghi, Gyasi; Shpendi
Juventus vs Empoli: When does the Serie A fixture start?
Kick-off in the Serie A Matchday 22 fixture of Juventus vs Empoli is set for 18:00 CET, local time in Italy, on Saturday, January 27.
For viewers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the game will start at 17:00 GMT. That is 12:00 ET / 09:00 PT in the United States.
Juventus vs Empoli: Where to watch the Serie A fixture?
For fans in the United States, Juventus vs Empoli will be on Paramount+ along with other fixtures on Serie A Matchday 22.
Juventus vs Empoli will be shown on TNT Sport 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.