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Sunday October 22 2017
Marotta: 'Juve squad up to the task'

Juventus director Beppe Marotta admits the defence hasn’t been as “solid” as last season, but “this squad is up to the task of our objectives.”

Udinese-Juve kicks off at the Dacia Arena at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), follow the build-up and action from all eight of today’s Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

“Everything can be improved, in life and in sport,” the director general told Mediaset Premium.

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Sunday October 22 2017
Liveblog: Serie A Super Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action from today’s Serie A games, including the Verona Derby, Milan-Genoa, Torino-Roma, Udinese-Juventus and Lazio-Cagliari.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at the Stadio Bentegodi at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) for the Derby della Scala, as Chievo and Hellas Verona face off in a local rivalry.

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Sunday October 22 2017
Line-ups: Udinese-Juventus

Juventus leave out all their new signings for the must-win trip to Udinese, as they have the chance to close the gap on the top two.

It kicks off at the Dacia Arena at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), follow the build-up and action from all eight of today’s Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

Max Allegri’s men suffered their first home defeat since August 2015, falling 2-1 to Lazio, which left them five points off the leaders.

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Saturday October 21 2017
Allegri: 'Set aside Juve aesthetics'

Max Allegri loses Blaise Matuidi and launches Daniele Rugani against Udinese, but warns Juventus must “set aside aesthetics and get points.”

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Bianconeri fought back from an Alex Sandro own goal to beat Sporting 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday, but lost their unbeaten home record in Serie A to Lazio after 50 wins and seven draws.

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Saturday October 21 2017
Del Neri: 'Udinese will battle Juve'

Gigi Del Neri warns Udinese are fired up and “highly-motivated” to beat Juventus on Sunday evening.

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“This is a game where we have to maintain tactical equilibrium,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Friday October 20 2017
Ones to watch in Serie A Week 9

Two unbeaten sides go head-to-head this weekend, with plenty of other exciting fixtures across Serie A.

Napoli boast a perfect record after the opening eight rounds, and Maurizio Sarri’s side welcome their nearest challengers, Inter, to the San Paolo.

Here’s what to watch out for in Week 9 of Serie A.

First vs second at the San Paolo

The game of the weekend is unquestionably Inter’s trip south to face the league leaders, Napoli.

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Friday October 20 2017
Sturaro & Benatia miss Juve training

Juventus have confirmed that Stefano Sturaro and Medhi Benatia did not train with the squad on Friday.

A statement on Juve’s official website explained Benatia had “a knock to his left ankle” from Wednesday’s 2-1 win against Sporting CP, while Sturaro had “a problem in his left thigh.”

The defender’s absence should see Daniele Rugani enter the Bianconeri’s line-up for the match against Udinese on Sunday, while Sturaro had been filling in at right-back.

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Friday October 20 2017
Report: Benatia to miss Udinese

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia will reportedly miss Sunday’s match against Udinese with a bruised ankle.

Benatia was replaced midway through Juve’s 2-1 win against Sporting CP on Wednesday, and Tuttosport claims tests showed ‘heavy’ bruising to his left ankle.

Although “it seems unlikely that he can recover” for the trip to Udine, the newspaper expects him to ‘definitely’ return against SPAL next weekend.

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Thursday October 19 2017
Banti to referee Napoli-Inter

Luca Banti has been appointed to Napoli-Inter, as the Week 9 Serie A referees are announced.

The top two meet this weekend in Naples, with the hosts looking to maintain a perfect start to the season. Click here for a match preview.

Having been rested last week, Banti is back in the middle for the weekend’s big match, having taken charge of Roma’s win at Milan before the international break.

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Tuesday October 17 2017
San Siro hosts Italy-Sweden

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan will host the second leg of Italy’s World Cup play-off with Sweden on November 13.

The Azzurri were given Sweden in the draw for the path to the 2018 World Cup in Russia this afternoon.

The first leg will be on Friday November 10 in Sweden.

“It is a choice we shared with the CT,” explained Federation President Carlo Tavecchio.

“We are certain that Milan will respond in the best way, as they always have for the Azzurri.”

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