NEWS
Wednesday February 28 2018
Line-ups: Juventus-Atalanta

Juventus once again use Alex Sandro in their trident attack and Atalanta bring out the big guns with Papu Gomez in the Coppa Italia Semi-Final.

The second leg kicks off in Turin at 16.30 GMT. Follow all the build-up and action from this game and Lazio-Milan on the LIVEBLOG.

Gonzalo Higuain’s early strike made the difference in the first leg in Bergamo last month, but so did Gigi Buffon parrying a Gomez penalty.

Now the Orobici have to turn the situation around at the Allianz Juventus Stadium, so use practically a full squad, missing only injured Andrea Petagna and suspended Rafael Toloi.

That means game time for Bryan Cristante, Josip Ilicic and Gomez, not to mention Mattia Caldara and Leonardo Spinazzola, who are on loan from Juventus.

These sides were meant to meet in Serie A on Sunday evening, but the game was called off due to heavy snowfall and has been rescheduled for March 14.

Nobody was happier with that decision than Atalanta, because they had rotated the squad to better prepare for this Coppa tie, especially only a few days after going out of the Europa League to Borussia Dortmund.

Max Allegri has some issues to deal with, as Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi, Mattia De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado and banned Rodrigo Bentancur are unavailable.

Paulo Dybala is only fit for the bench, though Allegri has said he will feature at some point, and Giorgio Chiellini is rested, so Alex Sandro is again chosen in this new role on the left side of the trident attack with Mario Mandzukic and Douglas Costa.

Benedikt Howedes is also on the bench, with the German close to a return after missing almost all of the season so far with injury.

It’s safe to say Atalanta don’t have the best history against Juve, last beating them 2-0 in Bergamo in the Coppa Italia Round of 16 back in November 2004.

That was followed by four draws and 19 defeats, home and away in all competitions.

Their most recent success in Turin was 1-0 in October 1989, decided by Claudio Caniggia.

Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Chiellini, Asamoah; Marchisio, Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Mandzukic, Alex Sandro

Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Barzagli, Rugani, Howedes, Khedira, Sturaro, Dybala

Atalanta: Berisha; Mancini, Caldara, Masiello; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Spinazzola; Cristante; Ilicic, Gomez

Atalanta bench: Barrow, Castagne, Cornelius, Gollini, Gosens, Haas, Melegoni, Palomino, Rizzo, Rossi

Ref: Fabbri

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