NEWS
Sunday December 15 2019
Line-ups: Juventus v Udinese

Juventus finally launch the ultimate trident attack with Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo against Udinese.

It kicks off at 14.00 GMT at the Allianz Juventus Stadium in Turin.

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

The Bianconeri suffered their first defeat of the season in all competition with last week’s 3-1 loss at Lazio, following on from a 2-2 home draw with Sassuolo.

Those results mean Maurizio Sarri’s men have fallen two points behind new leaders Inter.

Miralem Pjanic and Juan Cuadrado are suspended, with Wojciech Szczesny, Sami Khedira and Giorgio Chiellini injured.

Aaron Ramsey is only fit enough for a spot on the bench, but Sarri has finally bowed to pressure and launches a 4-3-3 formation with Dybala, Higuain and Ronaldo together from the start.

Rodrigo Bentancur has recovered in record time to start in Pjanic’s usual midfield role, flanked by Rabiot and Blaise Matuidi.

Merih Demiral and Mattia De Sciglio are also given starts in defence.

Udinese are still under the guidance of caretaker manager Luca Gotti, who worked with Sarri last season as part of his staff at Chelsea.

Ken Sema, Samir and Mato Jajalo have not made the trip, so Stefano Okaka and Kevin Lasagna are confirmed upfront with Argentina international Rodrigo De Paul.

It is a special game for Juventus midfielder Rolando Mandragora.

This fixture has not ended in a Serie A draw since 1990, followed by 20 home wins and five Udinese victories.

Juventus: Buffon; Danilo, Bonucci, Demiral, De Sciglio; Rabiot, Bentancur, Matuidi; Dybala, Higuain, Ronaldo

Udinese: Musso; De Maio, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Ter-Avest, Fofana, Mandragora, De Paul, Stryger-Larsen; Okaka, Lasagna

Ref: Pasqua

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