NEWS
Saturday August 12 2017
Super Cup: Probable line-ups

Douglas Costa and Lucas Leiva are expected to start when Juventus and Lazio face off for the Italian Super Cup on Sunday night.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

This is traditionally between the Serie A winners and Coppa Italia holders, but as Juve won both those titles last season, they are taking on the beaten Coppa finalists.

Max Allegri said he had “three or four doubts” for his line-up, but confirmed Gigi Buffon, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain would start.

It’s believed Douglas Costa gets the nod ahead of Juan Cuadrado, while Claudio Marchisio is the favourite ahead of Sami Khedira for the midfield.

Mattia De Sciglio seems to be on the bench in favour of Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Lazio must wait for a Felipe Anderson fitness test, but it seems frankly unlikely the Brazilian will be ready to feature.

Keita Balde Diao is also a concern, but this time it is because of his desire to join Juventus and therefore fears he is not fully focused.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is tipped to start with Luis Alberto in supporting lone centre-forward Ciro Immobile.

Lucas Leiva should be given his competitive debut in a Lazio jersey following the transfer from Liverpool/

Probable line-ups

Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Marchisio; Douglas Costa, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain

Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, De Sciglio, Benatia, Rugani, Asamoah, Khedira, Sturaro, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Cuadrado, Kean

Lazio: Strakosha; Wallace, De Vrij, Radu; Basta, Parolo, Lucas Leiva, Lulic; Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto; Immobile

Lazio bench: Vargic, Guerrieri, Hoedt, Luiz Felipe, Lukaku, Marusic, Patric, Di Gennaro, Murgia, Crecco, Keita, Lombardi, Caicedo

Ref: Massa