Saturday April 7 2018
Line-ups: Benevento-Juventus

Juventus make many changes for their trip to bottom of the table Benevento, as Juan Cuadrado, Claudio Marchisio and Mario Mandzukic start.

It kicks off at the Stadio Vigorito at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), follow the build-up and action from all four of today’s Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

The Bianconeri have to focus more than ever on a record seventh consecutive Scudetto after a midweek Champions League mauling at the hands of Real Madrid.

That 3-0 home defeat left their hopes of progressing past the quarter-finals in tatters and sparked reports of a massive clear-out at the club, including Coach Max Allegri.

Paulo Dybala was sent off in that game and is therefore suspended for next week’s second leg in Spain, so he starts here with Juan Cuadrado, Mandzukic and Marchisio.

Also thrown in to the mix are Wojciech Szczesny, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi, while Medhi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic were suspended for the first leg against Madrid.

Benevento are bottom of the table in their first ever Serie A campaign, but aren’t going down without a fight, as in Tuesday’s rescheduled match they demolished Hellas Verona 3-0 here.

Le Streghe have been very unlucky this season, often leading or doing very well until a collapse in the final 10 minutes.

Nonetheless, the fact remains they have only 13 points after 30 rounds, making a 65-point gap with the leaders.

Cheick Diabate scored a brace against Verona and again leads the way with Guilherme and Enrico Brignola, a winger who has caught the eye of Juventus and Napoli.

Sandro and Bacary Sagna bring experience to the side after their January arrivals, but Gaetano Letizia and Fabio Lucioni are suspended.

Marco D’Alessandro, Vittorio Parigini, Ledian Memushaj and Luca Antei sit on the treatment table.

Benevento: Puggioni; Sagna, Djimsiti, Tosca, Venuti; Viola, Sandro; Guilherme, Djuricic, Brignola; Diabate

Benevento bench: Brignoli, Rutjens, Del Pinto, Cataldi, Coda, Gyamfi, Billong, Iemmello, Sanogo, Volpicelli, Lombardi, Sparandeo

Juventus: Szczesny; Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Marchisio, Pjanic, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Dybala; Mandzukic

Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Khedira, Higuain, Douglas Costa, Howedes, Asamoah, Sturaro, Bentancur

Ref: Pasqua

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