Juventus vs Monza LIVE Football Score 29/01/2023
Aiming to complete an unlikely double over Serie A’s fallen giants Juventus, mid-table Monza visit the Old Lady on Sunday afternoon. Enmeshed in the controversy which so often rears its head around their part of Turin, last week Juventus found themselves docked 15 points for some obscure player trading and were in off-field disarray when in-form Atalanta came to town. However, Max Allegri’s men managed to rise above such distractions by putting on one of their most fluent displays of the season – and just days after being thrashed by then title rivals Napoli at Stadio Maradona.
Juve came from behind to lead at half time, thanks to goals from Angel Di Maria and Arkadiusz Milik, but then let their advantage slip shortly after the break. Danilo’s 65th-minute strike ultimately rescued a point for the Bianconeri, in front of a sparse Allianz Stadium crowd. The club’s fans – so accustomed to success in the past – have been dealt a bitter blow by the FIGC’s (Italian Football Federation) points penalty, which sees Juventus occupy an unfamiliar 10th place in the table at the season’s halfway stage – 14 points adrift of the top four and even behind city rivals Torino.
Soon to kick off their Europa League campaign against Nantes, having exited the Champions League at its group stage, their only hope of salvaging some silverware could therefore come in the cups: Juve edged through to the Coppa Italia quarter-finals earlier this month by coming from behind to beat this week’s visitors 2-1. That served a small slice of revenge for the Old Lady’s humbling loss in Lombardy when the teams met earlier this season in Serie A, and the hosts will be keen to serve up a second helping on Sunday.
Back in September, when they were yet to claim a first Serie A win in their debut top-flight campaign, Monza welcomed a former Juventus player into their dugout on temporary terms, in place of promotion-winning coach Giovanni Stroppa. Raffaele Palladino stepped into the breach with some gusto, too, as not only did he organise the Biancorossi sufficiently to stop Juve scoring, but they also seized a famous victory after Di Maria was sent off and Christian Gytkjaer scored the only goal of the game.
Since then, Monza have steadily progressed up the table, and though they were denied a place in the Coppa quarter-finals by the Bianconeri, the 2022-23 campaign has been a success story so far for an openly ambitious club. Of late, Palladino has steered his side to an unbeaten run of five league games, and since Serie A returned to 20 teams in 2004, Monza have posted the most points in the season’s first half of any top-flight debutant (22).
After a 3-2 win at Cremonese followed commendable draws with both Inter and Fiorentina, they were held at home by struggling Sassuolo last weekend, when Gianluca Caprari’s second-half strike earned another valuable point. Now, victory in Turin would achieve the unthinkable and take them above once-mighty Juventus in the table.
While their woes continue in the boardroom, Juventus have had better news emerging from their medical department this week, as Paul Pogba and Dusan Vlahovic both featured in a warm-up game between the club’s senior side and their youth team. At best, both could make the bench this weekend, and while Leonardo Bonucci has also rejoined full training, the Juve captain’s return is not expected to come just yet.
Juan Cuadrado misses out through injury and Weston McKennie is bound for the Premier League; following his recent comeback from a long-term layoff, Federico Chiesa is also unavailable again. Monza, meanwhile, arrive at the Allianz Stadium with few fitness worries, and Raffaele Palladino has an almost full squad to select from upon his return to a club where he once scored 10 goals in 51 league appearances.
Dany Mota returns from a muscular problem to boost the visitors’ attacking options, while Juventus loanee Nicolo Rovella is now back up to speed and could even start against his parent club. Despite being the Biancorossi’s match-winner against Juve in the teams’ first league meeting, Christian Gytkjaer is set for a place on the bench, while Mota vies with Andrea Petagna to lead the line up front.
While Juve are still reeling from their dramatic points deduction, which leaves them only narrowly ahead of their opponents in the standings, the buoyant Biancorossi are five games unbeaten and remain on course for survival. LIVE Football Score 29/01/2023
Juventus are in turmoil ahead of the game against AC Monza. The hosts have endured a largely tumultuous campaign, with issues on and off the pitch. The news of a 15-point deduction as a byproduct of an investigation into their historic transfer dealings has shaken them, leading to hefty bans for club executives and fueling speculation that key players may leave if the Bianconeri fail to finish in the top four. As a consequence, Juventus now sit 11th in the Serie A table at the moment with 23 points from 19 matches. The former Serie A and UEFA Champions League winners are 11 points above the relegation zone and 23 points behind leaders Napoli. The Old Lady are not going to win the Serie A title this season and face an uphill task to climb up the ladder and finish in the top four.
Juventus are 14 points adrift of Inter Milan, who are currently fourth in the standings and occupy the final UEFA Champions League berth. Although Massimiliano Allegri’s side may still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League this season, it is easier said than done.
Things have also been wild on the pitch lately, with Massimiliano Allegri’s men suffering a morale-damaging 5-1 defeat at high-flying Serie A leaders Napoli and drawing 3-3 with Atalanta in what was a reactionary performance from the Bianconeri in the wake of recent off-field happenings. After all, players had nothing to do with false accounting but had to pay the price with docked points.
On the other hand, Monza shared spoils with Sassuolo last weekend, as they sit one point behind Juventus. After boasting a tally of just one point in the opening six league matches under former boss Giovanni Stroppa, the newly-promoted Monza have seen an eye-catching uptick in their form under the management of former Juventus midfielder Raffaele Palladino.