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Juventus predicted lineup vs Villarreal - Champions League

Sean Walsh
Who should Allegri select?
Who should Allegri select? / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages
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Juventus will secure their place in the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals with a win at home to Villarreal on Wednesday.

The Old Lady were held to a 1-1 draw against the Yellow Submarine in the first leg of their last-16 tie in February, leaving it all to play for back at the Allianz Stadium.

Here's how Massimiliano Allegri could set out his side...


Juventus predicted lineup vs Villarreal

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

UC Sampdoria v Juventus FC - Serie A
Rocks at the back / Getty Images/GettyImages

Wojciech Szczesny (GK) - Quietly establishing himself as a bit of a penalty-saving specialist following his heroics against Sampdoria on Saturday. Those skills could come in handy if this one is to be decided by a shootout.

Danilo (RB) - Should get the nod to start over Mattia De Sciglio.

Matthijs de Ligt (CB) - Stepping up in the absence of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

Daniele Rugani (CB) - Injury problems to Juve's experienced duo have seen Rugani earn eight starts in 2022.

Luca Pellegrini (LB) - Seems to have usurped Alex Sandro in the left-back hierarchy.

2. Midfielders

Etienne Capoue, Adrien Rabiot
Rabiot somehow isn't suspended / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Juan Cuadrado (RM) - The 33-year-old remains as reliable as ever for the Bianconeri.

Manuel Locatelli (CM) - Since his summer arrival from Sassuolo, Locatelli has missed just one game for Juventus, and that came through suspension.

Arthur (CM) - Has become a regular in the starting lineup again despite nearly leaving for Arsenal in January.

Adrien Rabiot (LM) - Very lucky not to have been dismissed in the first leg. Some say he's very lucky to be playing for Juventus at all.

3. Forwards

Dusan Vlahovic
Vlahovic opened the scoring in the first leg / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Alvaro Morata (CF) - Goodness knows where the long-term future of Morata really lies, but in the meantime, he's proving to be a valuable asset to Juventus.

Dusan Vlahovic (CF) - Used sparingly from the bench at the weekend so should be fresh and ready for his home Champions League debut.

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