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Copa Italia : Juventus Vs Udinese Match Preview, Line Up, Live Info

Juventus Vs Udinese
( Copa Italia )
1.15 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
Allainz Arena

Full Time
Man Of The Match - Dybala
Juventus XI:
Buffon; Danilo, De Ligt, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Rabiot; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.
Udinese XI:
Nicolas, Opoku, De Maio, Nuytinck, ter Avest, Walace, Jajalo, Barak, Sema, Teodorczyk, Nestorovski.

Match Preview

The Serie A league leaders, Juventus will host Udinese at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday in a Coppa Italia round of 16 fixture.

The reigning Serie A champions are coming to this fixture on the back of a 2-1 win over AS Roma. Maurizio Sarri’s men will be oozing with confidence after regaining their top spot in the Serie A table. The Bianconeri were knocked out by Atalanta in the quarterfinals of Coppa Italia last season and therefore they will be determined to turn the tide this season.

Meanwhile,Udinese are coming to this game with back to back three wins in the Serie A after their defeat to Juve in the league. They have bounced back quite well and the 3-0 win over Sassuolo last time out will give a lot of confidence to Luca Gotti’s men ahead of this monumental clash.

Both sides have met earlier in the Serie A where Juventus thumped Udinese 3-1 at home and Gotti will be eager to spark a surprise in the Coppa Italia. Ahead of this round of 16 cup tie, we at Hard Tackle will take a closer look at both the teams.

Team News And Statistics

  Chiellini is still sidelined along with German midfielder Sami Khedira as they are recovering from a ligament rupture and knee injury respectively. Merih Demiral and Mattia De Sciglio are also out of this fixture due to a cruciate ligament rupture and abductor injury respectively. Rodrigo Bentancur is suspended for this fixture.

Sarri will look to stick with the conventional, 4-3-1-2 formation as Gianluigi Buffon is likely to replace Wojciech Szczęsny in goal. Daniele Rugani is likely to partner Matthijs De Ligt at the heart of the Juventus defence, while the Brazilian duo of Danilo and Alex Sandro will slot in full-back positions.

French midfielder, Adrien Rabiot may get the nod in this game with Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi being the mainstays in the middle of the park. The extra man in midfield may allow Maurizio Sarri’s men to control the tempo of the game, as Federico Bernardeschi is set to play in a free role behind the strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead the attack while Gonzalo Higuain will play in a more supporting role. Last time Udinese visited Juventus in December, Ronaldo scored a brace in Juve’s 3-1 win over them.

Predicted XI: Buffon; Danilo, Rugani, de Ligt, Sandro; Rabiot, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Higuain, Ronaldo

    Luca Gotti has more options to chose from than his counterpart, as only Brazilian centre back Samir Santos is out with an injury and has not returned to training. Other than that he has a fully fit squad to chose from for this round of 16 cup tie.

Udinese may opt to play with a three-man backline in a 3-5-2 formation. Argentine custodian, Juan Musso is likely to be the man in goal against Juventus, while the three-man backline will be led by William Troost Ekong along with partnered by Bram Nuytinck and Rodrigo Becão. Ken Sema and Jens Larsen are likely to play in wing-back roles providing the much-needed width.

In the centre of the park, Italian midfielder Rolando Mandragora will provide the creativity as Seko Fofana will add more stability to the whole team. Rodrigo De Paul has been in great goal-scoring form and will look to continue that against Juve.

In attack, Kevin Lasagna will partner Stefano Okaka who scored against Sassuolo in their 3-0 win in Serie A. Okaka will look to lead the lines for Udinese and will hope to find loopholes in the hosts’ defence.

Predicted XI:Musso; Becão, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Larsen, De Paul, Mandragora, Fofana, Sema; Lasagna, Okaka

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