Picking the Best Potential Juventus Lineup to Face Sporting CP on Wednesday Evening

​After losing their unbeaten home record at the weekend to Serie A rivals Lazio, Juventus will be eager to get back to winning ways on Wednesday night in their first ever Champions League encounter with Portuguese side Sporting CP. 


Juventus and Sporting are both hoping to keep in touch with Group D leaders Barcelona, as they meet in Turin at the Allianz Stadium, with the visitors out to improve a miserable record in Italy. History is very much in the Italian club's favour as they are now unbeaten in 24 Champions League home ties with a record of 15 wins and 9 draws. They have played Portuguese opposition 13 times and have only ever lost on four occasions - each time to Sporting's rivals Benfica. 


The odds look very much stacked against Sporting CP to pick up an away victory, but they should take a lot of encouragement from Lazio's surprise 2-1 win at the weekend. 


Here's how Juve could line up...

Goalkeeper

  • Buffon
    Buffon1

​Gianluigi Buffon will be keen to get back to doing what he does best and keeping clean sheets. Still very much a top performer, regardless of his age, he is still a dominant and reliable in the Juve goal. 

Defence

  • Lichtsteiner
    Lichtsteiner26
  • Barzagli
    Barzagli15
  • Chiellini
    Chiellini3
  • Asamoah
    Asamoah22

​The back four must be desperate to return to being water tight unit, after having to deal with an outstanding performance from Ciro Immobile at the weekend. 


One thing that the Old Lady prides herself on is being defensively sound, so expect the defensive line to be unchanged from Saturday. With this game being so soon it gives them all the ideal opportunity to get back on track and do the basics right. 

Midfield

  • Matuidi
    Matuidi14
  • Douglas
    Douglas 11
  • Dybala
    Dybala21
  • Khedira
    Khedira6
  • Mandzukic
    Mandzukic17

​Juventus will use defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi to provide that additional defensive shield for the back line, which he does so effectively. By playing only one holding midfielder this will in turn allow the more dynamic and robust approach of Sami Khedira to get forward, centrally working in partnership with the wily Argentine Paulo Dybala.


Expect Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic to take up the wide roles, while the Croatian's aerial ability and strength will also be another asset at the back post to create goal scoring opportunities.

Forwards

  • Higuaín
    Higuaín9

Despite an uncharacteristically sluggish start to the season, Gonzalo Higuain will continue in the lone striker role for Juve. 


The Argentine was man of the match as Juventus brushed aside Olympiakos in the previous round of fixtures and he has the ability to link-up with teammates, hold up the ball and lay it off to other players, as well as finish himself. Sporting's defenders will need to keep a close eye on him if they want to take anything from the game.

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