Another game, another win for Juventus after thrashing Palermo 4-1 which extended their impressive winning streak at home to 29 games. A Paulo Dybala brace led the charge with Gonzalo Higuain and Claudio Marchisio chipping in with one goal a piece. With the win the Bianconeri made it six straight victories (8 of the last 9) in all competitions and with a Champions League match against Porto coming up, momentum is on their side.
Talk about home cooking for Juventus, their current home winning streak has them with the second-best run in Europe’s top five leagues with Barcelona holding the lead with 39 straight home wins. According to Squawka, during this run they have scored a whopping 69 goals with 19 clean sheets.
The impenetrable defense anchored by Leonardo Bonucci, who made his 300th appearance for the club, has been instrumental at the back this season helping Juve become the stingiest backline in Serie A, only allowing 17 goals. When Bonucci has been on the pitch, the club has won 64-percent of its games.
Aside from having one of the best defensive lines, the raucous atmosphere at Juventus stadium is intimidating for its opponents which only adds fuel for the players. Dybala made note of it after the match and how much of an advantage it is to them,
“I know what it’s like to play here as the opposition. It’s a real battle. We’ll try to exploit that to the full.”
Dybala has scored all his goals this season at home but his Argentine compatriot Higuain has notched 12 scores in his last 10 games. Its been a seamless transition for El Pipita after his controversial move from Napoli. He currently leads the Italian league in goals (19) and could be on his way to repeating as top goal scorer after last season’s 36. He’s been worth every penny spent after Paul Pogba’s world-record move to Manchester United.
Juventus has the best defense in terms of goals allowed, the top scorer in the league and now have a 10 point lead over AS Roma. A lot can change in the coming weeks but the Old Lady seem to be cruising to their sixth straight Scudetto. The win over Palermo brings them that much closer according to head coach Massimiliano Allegri,
“It was a league match with three points which are just as valuable as the ones against Inter. It’s one game less to winning the Scudetto and I congratulate the lads for the way they approached the game.”