Sassuolo vs Juventus Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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Juventus can inch closer to their ninth consecutive Serie A title as they head to Sassuolo on Wednesday night.

With eight points separating them from second-placed Lazio, the Bianconeri are within touching distance of another Scudetto. The Old Lady were fortunate to come away with a draw against Atalanta on Saturday and the midweek clash with Sassuolo offers them the opportunity to return to winning ways.

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Juventus were held at home by an impressive Atalanta side | MB Media/Getty Images

However, the Neroverdi could prove to be a tricky adversary. Roberto De Zerbi’s side are enjoying late burst of form in the league, defeating Lazio 1-2 in their most recent outing, as they continue on their hunt for Europa League qualification.

When is Kick Off? Wednesday 11 July
What Time is Kick Off? 20:45 (BST)
Where it it Played? Allianz Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? Premier Sports 1 (UK), LiveScore

The hosts will be without striker Gregoire Defrel who sidelined with a facial injury. Defender Filippo Romagna is a long-term absentee having picked up a knee injury. Former West Ham man Pedro Obiang has is recovering from a muscular injury and is unlikely to feature.

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Pedro Obiang is struggling for match fitness. | Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

For the visitors, Matteo De Sciglio and Sami Khedira are both out with thigh injuries. Turkish centre back Merih Demiral has returned to first team training after seven months on the sidelines, but it is unlikely he will feature on Wednesday night. Juan Cuadrado will miss out through suspension meaning Alex Sandro will likely start the match at left back, with Danilo moving back to his familiar right side.

Sassuolo: Consigli; Muldur, Ferrari, Chiriches, Rogerio; Magnanelli, Locatelli; Berardi, Djuricic, Boga; Caputo.

Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, de Ligt, Bonucci, Sandro; Rabiot, Pjanic, Bentancur; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo.

They’ve left it late but eighth-placed Sassuolo are flying at the moment. The Neroverdi are unbeaten in their previous six Serie A outings. De Zerbi’s side have won four games on the bounce and are chasing down fellow high-flyers Milan who lie four points ahead in seventh.

Uncharacteristically, Juve have gone two Serie A matches without a win. Their recent dip in form has went unpunished thanks to the capitulation of fellow title contenders Lazio.

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Juventus’ defence has been shaky of recent | Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

The Bianconeri’s usually stellar defence has been pummelled of recent, a resurgent Milan side hit a whopping four past them, whilst Atalanta struck twice at the weekend. Sarri’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four outings, a worrying prospect as they head to Sassuolo – a side that has scored 18 goals since the return.

Here’s a look at how both teams have fared in their last five outings.

Sassuolo

Lazio 1-2 Sassuolo (11/7)
Bologna 1-2 Sassuolo (8/7)
Sassuolo 4-2 Lecce (4/7)
Fiorentina 1-3 Sassuolo (1/7)
Sassuolo 3-3 Verona (28/6)

Juventus

Juventus 2-2 Atalanta (11/7)
AC Milan 4-2 Juventus (7/7)
Juventus 4-1 Torino (4/7)
Genoa 1-3 Juventus (30/6)
Juventus 4-0 Lecce (26/6)

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Sassuolo celebrate a goal against Bologna. | Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images

Juventus have lost just once to Sassuolo in their history, though this Neroverdi side is a different animal of late. De Zerbi has his players looking motivated and determined to finish the season as strongly as possible.

The Bianconeri looked flat against Milan and Atalanta, complacency is looking to have sunk in to some extent, don’t be surprised to see Sassuolo capitalise.

Prediction: Sassuolo 2-2 Juventus

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Tomas Soucek Targets Permanent West Ham Move After Ensuring Premier League Survival

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Soucek will remain at West Ham if they avoid the drop | OWEN HUMPHREYS/Getty Images

Tomas Soucek is aiming to help guide West Ham to Premier League survival in order to extend his stay in east London beyond his loan spell.

The midfielder joined the Hammers from Slavia Prague in January 2020, and his move will become permanent should West Ham remain in the Premier League.

David Moyes’ side secured a vital victory over Norwich in their most recent outing to leave them three points above the drop zone with three games left to play.

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West Ham took a big step towards survival with victory over Norwich | Pool/Getty Images

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Soucek said: “I am enjoying the Premier League because we play against big teams and I’m enjoying every day on the training ground.

“I’m playing with guys that I’ve played with for four or five months but I’m really enjoying it and, hopefully, we’ll be safe and I will be able to enjoy more years here.”

The 25-year-old will join West Ham in a £16.5m deal this summer if the Hammers are still playing Premier League football next season.

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Soucek has impressed since his January move to West Ham | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Soucek has caught the eye during his short spell at the London Stadium, making 10 Premier League appearances and chipping in with two goals.

He turned in a particularly impressive display during West Ham’s Michael Antonio-inspired 4-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday, as the Hammers took a huge step towards safety.

Victory for fellow strugglers Watford, Bournemouth and Aston Villa means West Ham are still very much in danger of suffering the drop, but their destiny is in their hands heading into the final three games of the season.

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West Ham have three crucial fixtures remaining | Pool/Getty Images

West Ham’s remaining fixture’s are particularly intriguing. The Hammers face Watford on Friday, the side sitting one place below them in the table.

Only goal difference currently separates the pair after the Hornet’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

West Ham then face in form Manchester United, before hosting fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa on the final day of the season.

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Liverpool’s 10 Best Away Kits of All Time – Ranked

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A young Steve McManaman sporting Liverpool’s classic 1995 away kit | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

As one of the grandest and best-supported clubs in English football, no matter where you go in the world there’s no getting away from Liverpool shirts (unless you travel all the way to Manchester, of course).

Put aside the ‘Warrior years’, where the maverick kit manufacturers decided to dress the club’s players like they were intending on being camouflaged in a 1970’s living room, Liverpool have worn some of the most stylish away shirts ever produced.

So, less talk of those Warrior monstrosities, and more talk of the beauties the Reds have sported, with Liverpool’s ten greatest away kits of all time…

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Erik Meijer of Liverpool | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Liverpool have experimented with a number of different coloured away kits over the years, and green is one of their favoured choices.

This classic can’t help but evoke memories of a young Steven Gerrard, with his shaved head and youthful looks, steaming into challenges and covering every blade of grass on the pitch.

The 1999/00 season was the first under the stewardship of Gérard Houllier – with the Frenchman having shared the helm with Roy Evans the season prior. Though they ended the campaign empty handed, the foundations had been laid for the club’s victorious treble campaign of 2000/01.

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Steven Gerrard away at Aston Villa in 2007/08 | ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

Ahh the Gerrard and Fernando Torres partnership.

Having been sponsored by Reebok for a decade, the club opted to sever ties with the manufacturers in 2006, instead signing with Adidas.

The clean-cut, white and red shirt of 2007/08 was undoubtedly the best looking away shirt Adidas produced, though it did little to transform the Reds’ luckless quest for Premier League glory, with the club finishing a disappointing fourth despite Torres’ incredible maiden season at Anfield.

The haircuts are ridiculous, but the kit is pretty stylish.

Another preferred colour of choice for the Reds’ away shirts. They’ve sported a number of yellow kits over the years, and – if not the best – this V-neck effort is certainly the brightest.

Reebok didn’t hold back with this one, though the red and black lining is a quality touch. Whoever designed this one probably saw the white Armani suits they wore to the 1996 FA Cup final and thought ‘well if they’ll wear that then they’ll wear anything‘.

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Roberto Firmino sporting the club’s 2017/18 away kit | TF-Images/Getty Images

New Balance produced some questionable numbers in their partnership with Liverpool, but the white and green chequered look was a surprising hit.

Despite ending the campaign empty-handed, 2017/18 was the first season where Jürgen Klopp’s philosophy and style really started to glean results at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah spearheading the club to the Champions League final, only to be beaten by Real Madrid.

Still, if you’re going to lose, you might as well look good doing it, right?

In a modern-day footballing world where sponsors and patterns are strewn all over team shirts, it’s nice to appreciate the glorious simplicity of some of the efforts from yesteryear.

No Liverpool fan can forget their dominance throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with Kenny Dalglish leading the Reds to their eighth first division title in 11 years.

Liverpool spent seven years being sponsored by Crown Paints, and this off-white shirt from 1985/86 is one of the best looking away kits to have graced Anfield.

Another simplistic design the Reds wore on their way to multiple league titles.

The sponsor Crown Paints would be added to the centre of the shirt in 1982, though for one season they had no sponsor – and it looks glorious.

The large V-neck and cuffed sleeves are a throwback to the good old days, when you were allowed to ‘welcome a player to the game’ and VAR sounded like some weird software that you were assured would speed up your computer.

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John Barnes playing for Liverpool in their green and white away kit | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

John Barnes had the pleasure of wearing some fantastic kits during his time at Liverpool – more of that in a minute – but this green and white Adidas number from the mid-90s was one of the best.

The central Liverpool badge and diagonal green stripes on the side make it sound awful, but in reality it’s a thing of beauty.

Liverpool’s domination of the top flight had long ended by the time this kit was unveiled in 1993, with the club finishing a disappointing eighth in the league.

This one screams a blonde-haired Robbie Fowler at Old Trafford.

The local lad bagged a superb brace in Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United in October 1995, powering a left-footed strike past Peter Schmeichel before chipping the Dane with a beautiful lob in the second half.

Similar to the 1993/1995 kit, this weird concoction of white and green shouldn’t work – but somehow it does.

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John Barnes playing for Liverpool in their iconic grey Candy shirt | Russell Cheyne/Getty Images

Now we’re getting to the REALLY good stuff.

Is there a more iconic away kit than this? Every hipster shop in the country has been home to one of these at one point or another, with the Candy logo and mesmeric design making it almost more fashionable today than it was in 1988.

The club failed to retain their status as top-flight champions in 1988/89, narrowly beaten by Arsenal, though they would go on to regain the championship the following year.

Despite not achieving their ultimate goal of becoming champions of England, 1988/89 will live long in the memory of Liverpool fans thanks to this effort.

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Sadio Mane at Villa Park | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

You weren’t expecting that now, were you?

Liverpool’s away shirts of the 1980s and 1990s were undoubtedly some of the most stylish kits around, but this effort from New Balance is one of the greatest away shirts to ever grace the Premier League.

It’s simplistic, no-fuss design coupled with navy shorts and plain white socks is a throwback to football kits of old.

Not only does it look amazing, this kit will go down in Liverpool history as the club finally broke their Premier League duck – 30 years on from their last first division triumph.

A special kit for a special year.

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8 Signings Man City Could Probably Make Now They Have the Green Light From CAS

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Pep Guardiola can go back to spending whatever he likes to retain the EFL Cup for a 205th straight season | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Right, who forgot to tell the CAS that the last thing you do with Manchester City is enable their spending habits?

Last season’s English champions were staring at a very rough couple of years ahead. With the prospect of no Champions League, they might have been bracing for the departures of a host of key players, without the platform or reach to adequately replace them.

Now? Bloody hell, they can do whatever they want – especially with FFP rules being eased due to the coronavirus financial crisis.

Can the rest of us not appeal their appeal?

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Coutinho is once again on the lookout for a new club | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

They do say that enemy of your enemy is your friend, and Coutinho has made it abundantly clear that he still considers Manchester United his enemy, owing to the time he spent at Anfield.

A vaguely Pep Guardiola-ish player, overpriced despite the fact he’d only cost about £50m at this stage, a weekly wage higher than most Premier League teams’ monthly bill…sounds about right, doesn’t it?

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Chilwell is a target for City this summer | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Do not ever tell Manchester City they have enough full-backs. It just doesn’t compute with them, you’d be wasting your energy.

Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko should theoretically be enough, especially when you’ve already got Yan Couto coming in and Angelino to return.

How else do you mark the lifting of a European ban, though, except by breaking the full-back transfer record another three times?

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Could Sancho be on the way back to the Etihad? | Lars Baron/Getty Images

If for no other reason, then do it to stick it to United.

Sancho slipped through City’s fingers in 2017, but now they’ve been left under no illusions as to what he’s capable of, now could be the time to make amends in the form of a bid Dortmund will actually expect…as opposed to United’s strategy of persistently low-balling them into submission.

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Virtually every Premier League club would jump at the chance to sign Koulibaly | MB Media/Getty Images

The days when Koulibaly was the only centre-back on the planet who could hold a candle to Virgil van Dijk are long gone – nowadays no-one can do it – but he remains highly sought-after. It’s difficult to imagine City throwing in many from set pieces with him and Aymeric Laporte in the same team, anyway.

Let’s just ignore the fact he has openly expressed his desire to stay at Napoli. Once again, money talks.

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How much longer can Kane really stay at Tottenham? | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Harry Kane will be 27 this summer. He has yet to win a team trophy as professional footballer.

That’s odd.

Little over a year ago, things were looking up for Hazza. He was a Champions League finalist, a World Cup Golden Boot winner, in a team that was going places. Now, well, you’re aware of the upcoming Amazon documentary, aren’t you?

Soon will come a time when Kane has to make a decision about his future. City will surely be waiting.

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Yeah yeah, five Ballons d’Or, ten La Ligas, four Champions Leagues and more goals than anyone can be bothered to count any more, blah blah blah. None of that really counts until he does it in The Barclays.

Careers aren’t made on trophies and success. They’re made on arctic Wednesdays in Wolverhampton, trying to find a yard of space in behind Conor Coady, who’s left his 18-yard box twice in 75 minutes of football.

Jamie Vardy’s done it. Danny Ings has done it. Even Troy Deeney’s done it. Know who hasn’t? Lionel Messi.

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Anthony Martial & Gabriel Jesus Among the Hot Picks for Fantasy Premier League GW36

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Anthony Martial has been in fine form since the restart | Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images

Usually as the Premier League season nears its end, the job of a fantasy manager starts to become a little easier. The under-achievers and stars of the season have long been recognised, making the final few weeks’ picks somewhat of a formality.

Then gameweek 35 happened…

The plans of fantasy managers all over the globe were ripped to shreds last week; David McGoldrick and Dominic Solanke are scoring goals, Aston Villa and West Ham are keeping clean sheets, Arsenal are making mistakes (well, some things never change).

If you’re staring aimlessly at your team – unsure of what to believe anymore – then never fear. Here’s your rundown of the best and worst picks ahead of gameweek 36.

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Kepa should be in for a good week despite some suspect performances this season | Pool/Getty Images

After their capitulation away at Sheffield United, for once the Chelsea fans couldn’t blame the defeat on Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The £71m man was unlucky in the build-up to McGoldrick’s opener and could do little about the Blades’ other two goals.

At home to Norwich – the lowest scorers in the league by some margin – the Spaniard should be in for a quiet afternoon. At £5.4 he’s not cheap, though a precious clean sheet at this stage of the season could be huge in terms of your final standing.

On the other hand, Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale could be in for a long evening at the Etihad on Wednesday.

The Cherries have managed just four clean sheets in the league all season, and with City notching 14 goals in their last four games, Ramsdale won’t be relishing the trip.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be looking to impress on his return to Selhurst Park | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Despite being known more for the defensive side of his game, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has become a constant outlet on the United right and has been key to their good form since the restart.

Against his old employers he’ll no doubt be out to impress, and with the marauding Patrick van Aanholt his opposite number, Wan-Bissaka could be in for a fruitful afternoon as he looks to supply some of the hottest strikers in the league.

One side who can usually be relied upon for defensive solidarity is Burnley, and so it’s no surprise to see stalwart James Tarkowski the eighth-best performing defender in fantasy football.

Tarkowski’s Burnley face Wolves on Wednesday, and while the Clarets’ season may be just about done and dusted, Nuno Espírito Santo’s men have it all to play for with Champions League football on the line.

Wolves were in scintillating form last time out against Everton, and with the pace of Adama Traore and the power of Raul Jiménez, the Burnley backline will do well to keep Nuno’s men at bay.

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Mason Mount struggled last time out at Sheffield United | Visionhaus/Getty Images

The shrewd investors among you will have snapped up £8.3 Anthony Martial a few weeks ago. With four goals and an assist the Frenchman has been in fine form since the restart.

Classed as a midfielder for fantasy football purposes, Martial’s goalthreat could see you clock up the points in Gameweek 36 against a Crystal Palace side who have been in dismal form of late, losing five in a row and shipping 13 goals in the process.

One of United’s biggest rivals for a top-four place is Chelsea. Frank Lampard was rightly left furious following his side’s awful showing at Bramall Lane on Saturday, with the Blues boss hooking Mason Mount off at half time.

The youngster was at fault for the Blades opener, attempting to dribble out from the edge of his own box and being caught out, before McGoldrick broke his Premier League duck.

Despite a comfortable looking home clash with relegated Norwich, expect Lampard to ring the changes and Mount will most likely be the first to miss out.

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Jesus has lead the City line since the injury to Aguero | LEE SMITH/Getty Images

Despite spending much of the season as deputy to Sergio Aguero, an injury to the Argentina international has seen Gabriel Jesus leading the City line.

The Brazilian hasn’t disappointed, notching two goals and two assists in his last two outings. Jesus will be keen to show Pep Guardiola that he can be the main man next season, and a home game against Bournemouth is the perfect opportunity to showcase his talents.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has enjoyed another stellar campaign for Arsenal, with the Gabon international yet again in the hunt for the Premier League Golden Boot – just three behind Jamie Vardy.

However, the Gunners travel to Anfield on Wednesday, and while Liverpool haven’t been at their imperious best since the restart, it’s difficult to see Mikel Arteta’s men taking anything from the home of the Reds.

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