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Juventus vs. Bologna: Sarri’s side favourites to continue unbeaten run

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Juventus sit top of the Serie A table after seven games thanks to their six wins and one draw, leapfrogging leaders Inter after their latest victory saw them overcome Antonio Conte’s side 2-1.

They have also had to maintain their energy levels for some tricky fixtures in Europe, and have used their squad depth to also sit top of their Champions League group after two games.

A last-gasp Atletico Madrid equaliser prevented the perfect start.

This was followed by a comfortable 3-0 over Bayer Leverkusen. They host Lokomotiv Moscow in a couple of days time, but the Italian champions host Bologna in the league on Saturday as they look to stretch their lead at the top.

Dropping points only in a goalless draw at Fiorentina, Sarri’s side are unsurprisingly 4/11 to pick up all three points against their visitors, who sit 11th in the table. 

Despite a promising start to the campaign, Bologna are now winless in four. They are currently 15/2 to snatch a rare victory on the road in Turin.

Juve have been as consistent as ever in front of their home fans. But with just two clean sheets in the league so far, their defence has undoubtedly not been as solid as it has in recent seasons. It’s 21/10 then for both teams to score with Sarri’s team coming out on top.

They have, however, managed at least two goals in each of their previous six games in all competitions. The champions are currently 11/8 to score over 2.5 in this fixture.

And in another opposing feature to last season’s successful campaign, the club haven’t been relying on the goalscoring exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The forward finished Serie A’s top scoring list well ahead of his fellow team-mates in his first season in Italy with 21 goals.

This season sees Ronaldo in fine form again, but the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic have been supporting the Portuguese.

The Argentinian forward is 4/1 to open the scoring. The Bosnian midfielder meanwhile is currently 7/1 to break the deadlock.

Ronaldo remains favourite with odds of 21/10. And the star man is only 8/15 to find the net at any stage throughout the 90 minutes.

Bologna have been tough to beat at the back at times this season. But have found hitting the back of the net even more difficult. Rodrigo Palacio is their top scorer with just two league goals. The striker is available at 14/1 to score first in what will be another tough game for the away side. 

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