Juventus have a lot to prove, a completely revamped midfield and Nicklas Bendtner as they welcome Alberto Gilardino’s Bologna.
The last few days have been extremely tense for the Bianconeri, who earned a controversial 1-0 win in Catania on Sunday.
Arturo Vidal’s goal was offside and Gonzalo Bergessio had an Elefantini opener incorrectly disallowed, leading to accusations of favouritism and ‘bullying’ the officials.
Just days before Saturday’s head-to-head with Inter, they have a lot to prove to their critics. Vidal is suspended and Claudio Marchisio still out with an ankle injury, so the midfield is completely revamped with Paul Pogba and Mauricio Isla stepping in.
Bendtner starts for the second match in a row, this time partnered by Fabio Quagliarella, while Martin Caceres gives Giorgio Chiellini a rest.
Bologna have star player Alessandro Diamanti banned, so Alberto Gilardino has to be supported by Juventus-owned duo Manolo Gabbiadini and Saphir Taider in a 3-5-2 system.
Diego Perez, Gianluca Curci, Cesare Natali, Robert Acquafresca and Henry Gimenez are also sidelined.
The Felsinei have lost four of their previous five games, but had impressed here last season with a surprise 1-1 draw in Turin.
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres, Isla, Pogba, Pirlo, Giaccherini, De Ceglie, Bendtner, Quagliarella
Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Lichtsteiner, Lucio, Chiellini, Pepe, Marrone, Padoin, Asamoah, Matri, Vucinic, Giovinco
Bologna: Agliardi; Sorensen, Antonsson, Cherubin; Motta, Kone, Pazienza, Morleo; Taider; Gabbiadini, Gilardino
Bologna bench: Lombardi, Stojanovic, Carvalho, Radakovic, Garics, Abero, Pulzetti, Krhin, Riverola, Guarente, Pasquato, Paponi