NEWS
Saturday December 30 2017
Line-ups: Verona-Juventus

Juventus visit Verona and find a new role for Paulo Dybala as trequartista behind Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic.

It kicks off at the sold out Stadio Bentegodi at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action on the LIVEBLOG.

Napoli have already secured the title of Winter Champions by reaching the halfway stage of the season in top spot, but the Bianconeri can win and stay within a point of the leaders.

Gigi Buffon, Miralem Pjanic, Mattia De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado and Benedikt Howedes are all injured and haven’t even made the trip.

After he was dropped for three Serie A rounds in a row, Dybala is back in the starting XI, but in a new trequartista role.

He’s moved to the hole behind Mandzukic and Higuain, shelving the 4-3-3 formation in favour of a 4-3-1-2.

Rodrigo Bentancur gets the nod in midfield with Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi.

Hellas Verona were promoted over the summer, finishing second in Serie B behind SPAL, and had a very tricky start to the campaign.

However, they seem to have found their feet lately, most notably with a 3-0 thrashing of Milan here, and it’s a very special match for striker Moise Kean.

The teenager is on loan from Juventus and eager to make a good impression against his parent club.

Coach Fabio Pecchia – another former Juve man – has a lengthy injury list to contend with, missing Mohamed Fares, Alessio Cerci, Samuel Souprayen, Matteo Bianchetti and Mattia Zaccagni.

Martin Caceres was also a major doubt, but the veteran former Bianconeri defender is in the starting XI.

Hellas are unbeaten in their last three home games against Juventus with one win and two draws. The most recent Bianconeri victory here was 1-0 in April 2007, but that was in Serie B.

Verona: Nicolas; Ferrari, Caracciolo, Heurtaux, Caceres; Romulo, Buchel, B Zuculini, Verde; Bessa; Kean

Verona bench: Silvestri, Coppola, Laner, Fossati, Pazzini, F Zuculini, Calvano, Valoti, Tupta, Bearzotti, Souprayen, Felicioli

Juventus: Szczesny; Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Dybala; Mandzukic, Higuain

Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Loria, Rugani, Barzagli, Asamoah, Marchisio, Sturaro, Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Pjaca