NEWS
Wednesday December 18 2019
Line-ups: Sampdoria-Juventus

Juventus stick with the all-star trident of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala for their trip to tough-to-beat Sampdoria.

It kicks off at Marassi at 17.55 GMT.

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Brescia-Sassuolo on the LIVEBLOG.

The Bianconeri are joint leaders with Inter after last week’s 3-1 victory over Udinese, which ended a run of one point from two rounds.

Juventus turned the tide thanks to a new system that uses all their star strikers simultaneously.

Miralem Pjanic and Juan Cuadrado return from suspension, even if the Colombian is benched, but Rodrigo Bentancur sits out a ban.

Wojciech Szczesny, Sami Khedira and Giorgio Chiellini are injured, while Matthijs de Ligt is again rested in favour of Merih Demiral.

This means Gigi Buffon plays his 647th Serie A game, matching the all-time record set by Milan legend Paolo Maldini.

Sampdoria are fresh from a morale-boosting Derby della Lanterna victory over arch-rivals Genoa, sealed late on by substitute Manolo Gabbiadini.

The former Southampton player is their top scorer for this season on four goals, but he is again only on the bench.

Fabio Quagliarella had a slight muscular problem against Genoa, so he too can’t make it to the starting XI, as Gaston Ramirez supports Gianluca Caprari.

Ronaldo Vieira is suspended, with Bartosz Bereszynski, Albin Ekdal, Andrea Bertolacci, Federico Bonazzoli and Edgar Barreto injured.

It’s a special game for goalkeeper Emil Audero, who joined the Juventus academy at the age of 11.

He has kept four clean sheets in Ranieri’s nine games in charge of Samp.

Samp have won the last two editions of this fixture, 3-2 in November 2017 and 2-0 in May 2019. Only once have Juve lost three Serie A trips in a row to Sampdoria, as there was a run of five straight defeats from 1955 to 1959.

Sampdoria: Audero; Murillo, Ferrari, Colley, Murru; Depaoli, Thorsby, Jankto, Linetty; Ramirez; Caprari

Sampdoria bench: Seculin, Falcone, Augello, Chabot, Rigoni, Regini, Maroni, Gabbiadini, Leris, Quagliarella, Pompetti

Juventus: Buffon; Danilo, Demiral, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Rabiot, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Ronaldo, Higuain

Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Perin, De Sciglio, de Ligt, Rugani, Ramsey, Emre Can, Portanova, Douglas Costa, Cuadrado, Pjaca, Bernardeschi

Ref: Rocchi

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