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Juventus predicted lineup vs Sampdoria - Serie A

Grey Whitebloom
Massimiliano Allegri has never lost consecutive home games as Juventus manager
Massimiliano Allegri has never lost consecutive home games as Juventus manager / Gabriele Maltinti/GettyImages
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Juventus welcome Massimiliano Allegri's favourite foes to the Allianz Stadium as Bologna travel to Turin on Saturday evening.

In a managerial career stretching back almost two decades, Allegri has never faced a side more often without tasting defeat than his 20 unbeaten encounters against Bologna, winning 16 and drawing four across his tenures at Cagliari, Milan and, of course, Juve.

Here's the XI Allegri may deploy to extend his lossless streak against the Rossoblu.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Matthijs De Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt hasn't missed a home game in Serie A since October / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Wojciech Szczesny (GK) - No Serie A keeper has saved more penalties this season than the Polish number one - who almost added another to his tally against Inter before the referee awarded a retake.

Danilo (RB) - In striking contrast to his manager's hardened take on defeat, Danilo apologised to Juve's fans after the club's familiarly embarrassing Champions League exit against Villarreal last month.

Matthijs de Ligt (CB) - After netting his third league goal of the season against Cagliari last weekend, De Ligt is now guaranteed to finish above the injured Federico Chiesa in the scoring charts.

Leonardo Bonucci (CB) - With the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final against Fiorentina sharply approaching on Wednesday, Allegri may turn to his lesser-used veteran of late and save Giorgio Chiellini for the cup tie.

Alex Sandro (LB) - Afforded a rest last weekend after giving away the spot-kick which decided the Derby d'Italia, COVID-19 and injury have limited Sandro to just three starts from Juve's last 12 league outings.

2. Midfielders

Juan Cuadrado
Juan Cuadrado has collected more yellow cards than any other Juve teammate in Serie A this season (seven) / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages

Juan Cuadrado (RM) - Juve's go-to outlet on the right flank hasn't bettered his current tally of four goals in a season since he hit double figures for Fiorentina in 2013/14.

Denis Zakaria (CM) - Following a remarkably swift recovery from a tear in his thigh, the winter arrival could make his first start at the Allianz Stadium since February's Turin derby.

Arthur Melo (CM) - Without Manuel Locatelli, the progression of the ball from defence to attack rests heavily on the shoulders of Juve's hit and (often) miss Brazilian.

Adrien Rabiot (LM) - Despite the promising performance - if not result - Juve produced against Inter in an attacking 4-2-3-1, Allegri rapidly reverted to the clunky 4-4-2 last weekend, with Rabiot labouring in no man's land on the left once more.

3. Forwards

Dusan Vlahovic, Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala (right) created Dusan Vlahovic's debut goal for Juventus against Hellas Verona in February / Emanuele Perrone/GettyImages

Paulo Dybala (ST) - Juve's elsewhere-bound forward has scored seven goals in his last 11 Serie A appearances against Bologna.

Dusan Vlahovic (ST) - Buoyed by a goal tackled into the net in Sardinia, Vlahovic is up against an opponent he has scored three goals against in his past two appearances.


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