Serie A holders Juventus take on Cagliari at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday, hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign and maintain their six-point lead over second-placed Inter at the top of the table.
Massimiliano Allegri's men are hoping to make it 14 consecutive matches unbeaten in all competitions with a victory over the Sardinian outfit, who sit 12th in Serie A and haven't scored away to La Vecchia Signora since May 2015.
3. Goalkeepers and Defenders
Wojciech Szczęsny (GK): The Polish goalkeeper has kept six clean sheets in 12 appearances in all competitions, including three in nine Serie A games.
João Cancelo (RB): The Portuguese full-back has made ten appearances in all competitions since joining in the summer. When he has started, he has helped to keep five clean sheets, including two in the Champions League against former side Valencia and Manchester United. He missed the previous match against Empoli but should return to action for the meeting with Cagliari.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB): As good as he is a defender, Bonucci has also proved to be a threat in the opposing penalty area. He has been involved in three goals in 12 appearances and his aerial presence could be key from set-pieces against the Sardinians.
Giorgio Chiellini (CB): The veteran Italian defender missed the Bianconeri's last outing to Empoli as a precaution for muscle fatigue, and should return to the starting lineup against the Rossoblu. Age seems to be catching up with him, which is evident as he has made just ten appearances in all competitions. However, he has played the entirety of every match he has started and has helped his side keep five clean sheets.
Alex Sandro (LB): The Brazilian has started in all but one of his 13 appearances this season, demonstrating his importance to the side. Allegri sees him as a very reliable player, with the Brazilian playing the entirety in 11 matches, where he has helped to keep six clean sheets.
Rodrigo Bentancur (CM): Sami Khedira may return after a succession of muscular problems, but Bentancur has done well to deputise in his absence. He has started in each of the Bianconeri's last four matches, playing the entire 90 and scoring once. He is excellent on the ball, rarely fails to complete a pass and fits in well with the pace of the Juve midfield.
Miralem Pjanić (CM): The Bosnian has terrific deliveries from dead-ball situations and set-pieces. He has three goals and one assist to his name in twelve appearances in all competitions and has provided two assists in four matches against the Sardinian side.
Blaise Matuidi (CM): The Frenchman is an assured member of the Bianconeri midfield. He reads the game well and knows how to keep possession. He also has a creative element to his game, which is evident as he has been involved in four goals in 12 appearances overall.
Paulo Dybala (RW): Dybala is becoming more of a regular player this season under Allegri. He was a player that was initially used as an impact-sub at the start of the season, but seems to have cemented his place in Juve's starting lineup. He has gelled well with summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo, and has already contributed to six goals in 11 appearances.
Mario Mandžukić (ST): Mandžukić has struggled with an ankle injury that saw him miss his last two matches and halted his impressive start to the season. He has been involved in six goals in seven league matches this season (scoring four and assisting two), and was looking to extend that tally against Genoa, against whom he picked up the injury. He could return against the Rossoblu, but if he isn't adjudged to be fit, Douglas Costa could make his first start of the campaign instead, on the wing.
Cristiano Ronaldo (LW): Ronaldo failed to score in his first three matches since joining Juventus in the summer, but has been on fire ever since. He's been involved in twelve goals in 12 appearances in all competitions for the Bianconeri, scoring seven and providing five assists. He has four in his last three league games, including a brace in his last outing against Empoli and is two goals away from joining Genoa's Krzysztof Piątek at the top of the league's scoring charts, which could happen against Cagliari.