NEWS
Friday February 15 2019
Line-ups: Juventus v Frosinone

Juventus start Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo against Frosinone, as the defenders seek Champions League fitness.

It kicks off this evening at 19.30 GMT, you can follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

Taking on the penultimate club in Serie A might seem a good time to rest top stars, but instead Max Allegri is using this match as a fitness test ahead of the Champions League Round of 16 with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Chiellini has been out of action since limping off during the 3-0 Coppa Italia defeat to Atalanta on January 30.

Bonucci hasn’t featured since spraining his ankle against Lazio on January 27, so the return of two thirds of the BBC after a couple of weeks is a definite boost.

Alex Sandro is suspended for this game, with Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado still out injured.

Allegri doesn’t rest his forwards either, as he is still trying to get Dybala, Ronaldo and Mandzukic working together as a unit.

Miralem Pjanic, however, is rested, with Emre Can, Sami Khedira and Rodrigo Bentancur pulling the midfield strings.

Frosinone go to Turin without Federico Dionisi, Paolo Ghiglione and Stefan Simic, so rely on Daniel Ciofani and their top scorer Camillo Ciano upfront.

January signing Federico Viviani and ex-Torino wing-back Cristian Molinaro both start.

The Canarini are not to be underestimated, as they are fresh from a shock victory away to Sampdoria.

Since Marco Baroni took over from Moreno Longo, there has been an upswing, with two wins in their last three Serie A games, conceding only one goal during that three-round run.

Juventus: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Cancelo; Khedira, Emre Can, Bentancur; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo

Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Perin, Caceres, Pjanic, Matuidi, Barzagli, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola

Frosinone: Sportiello; Goldaniga, Salamon, Capuano; Zampano, Chibsah, Viviani, Cassata, Molinaro; Ciano, Ciofani

Frosinone bench: Marciano, Iacobucci, Gori, Paganini, Maiello, Valzania, Trotta, Sammarco, Brighenti, Krajnc, Beghetto, Pinamonti

Ref: Giua

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