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How Juventus could line up against Chievo

Ahead of Juventus’s Serie A meeting with Chievo on Monday, Sports Mole looks at how the Italian champions could line up. Juventus switch focus back to their Serie A title defence on Monday evening when they welcome Chievo to the Allianz Stadium. The defending champions are nine points clear at the top of the table after dropping points in just two matches this season. Chievo will look to take advantage of any fatigue that has crept in, though, as Juve travelled to the Middle East this week to take on AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana, winning that match 1-0 to become the competition’s most successful team. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Massimiliano Allegri may set out his side. Out: Juan Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli, Mario Mandzukic, Medhi Benatia, Miralem PjanicDoubtful: Dougl...

Preview: Juventus vs. AC Milan – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Supercoppa Italiana clash between Juventus and AC Milan, including team news and predictions. Italian football’s two most successful clubs face off in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Wednesday as Juventus lock horns with AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana. The sides have won 113 major honours between them down the years, but reigning Serie A champions Juve have the edge ahead of this latest tussle at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium. Juventus © Reuters Whereas Milan’s last piece of silverware came in this showpiece fixture three years ago, Juventus have won trophy after trophy under Massimiliano Allegri. The Bianconeri have won four successive Serie A and Coppa Italia doubles, most recently finishing four points clear of Napoli to lift t...

Report: Manchester United considering Paul Pogba, Douglas Costa swap

A report claims that Manchester United will consider offloading Paul Pogba to former club Juventus if Douglas Costa is offered in return. Manchester United have asked Juventus for Douglas Costa in return for Paul Pogba, according to a report. The French midfielder has returned to form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as United manager in December, scoring four goals and assisting two more in four appearances. Despite his recent displays, however, Pogba is still said to be interested in a return to former club Juventus at the end of the season. According to the Tuttosport, the Serie A champions will look to pursue the World Cup winner again in the summer, and they could sanction the move of Costa in the opposition direction to ensure that they land their man. Pogba won four...

Report: Manchester United make £54m bid for Douglas Costa

A report claims that Manchester United have lodged a £54m bid for Douglas Costa, who is struggling for starts at Juventus. Manchester United have tabled an official offer for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa, according to a report. The 28-year-old has struggled for starts in Serie A this season, being used just three times from the off in Juve’s first 17 matches. Despite Costa only joining the Italian champions on a permanent basis from Bayern Munich earlier this year, the Brazil international could be on his way out of the Allianz Stadium in the coming weeks. Rai Sport suggests that United have lodged a £54m bid ahead of the January window as they are keen to strengthen out wide. Costa’s last goal or assist came in May, having failed to register in 16 club outings this term. Th...

Preview: Juventus vs. Roma – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Serie A encounter between Juventus and Roma. Juventus head into Saturday’s Serie A showdown with Roma holding an eight-point cushion at the top of the standings. Roma have only lost one of their last seven outings in the league, but Eusebio Di Francesco‘s side remain off the pace in the table and sit in seventh position. Juventus © Reuters Juventus have remained as the standout team in Italian football over the last four months, and it will take a catastrophic loss of form for Massimiliano Allegri‘s team to fail to win the club’s eighth successive title. However, it could be argued that Juve have failed to hit top gear this season and although professional wins are being recorde...

Preview: Torino vs. Juventus – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Serie A encounter between Torino and Juventus. Juventus make the short trip to face Torino having put together a 15-game unbeaten streak, and Massimiliano Allegri‘s side head into the weekend with an eight-point lead at the top of the Serie A standings. Torino are sitting in sixth position, and Walter Mazzarri will likely be delighted with any positive return from Saturday’s Derby della Mole. Torino © Reuters Torino have not ended a season in the top six of the Serie A table since 1992, but that is where Il Toro find themselves after 15 games and heading towards the New Year break. Mazzarri has guided his team to just five wins in the league this season, but losing just three times has allo...

Predicted Brazil XI vs. Uruguay: Gabriel Jesus to start ahead of Roberto Firmino?

Sports Mole looks at how Brazil could line up when they take on Uruguay at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Friday. Two South American giants will descend on North London on Friday night when Brazil take on Uruguay at the Emirates Stadium. The likes of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be on show at the home of Arsenal as both nations continue their preparations for next year’s Copa America, which Brazil will host. The Selecao have lost just one of their last 20 games across all competitions, including four successive wins without conceding a goal since their World Cup exit at the hands of Belgium. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Tite‘s side could line up at the Emirates. Brazil will be without Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Real Madrid duo Marcelo and C...

Preview: Juventus vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Champions League showdown between Juventus and Manchester United, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Juventus could secure top spot in Champions League Group H with a win over Manchester United at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday night. The Old Lady’s 1-0 triumph in the return fixture at Old Trafford saw them maintain their 100% start to the group, and even a point in Turin would secure their place in the last 16. Juventus © Reuters There was a time when a trip to Old Trafford was one of the toughest assignments in European football, but the comfortable nature of Juve’s win last month spoke volumes for the state both clubs find themselves in. United’s post-Sir Alex Ferguson decline has been well documented, wh...

Juventus to reunite James Rodriguez with Cristiano Ronaldo?

A report claims that Juventus are keen to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a permanent basis in the New Year, six months on from landing Cristiano Ronaldo. Italian champions Juventus reportedly want to reunite James Rodriguez with his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. The 27-year-old has spent the last year-and-a-half with Bayern Munich, who have the option to turn his loan stint into a permanent deal next year. Bayern have yet to commit to signing the Colombia international, however, and Sport Bild claims that he may be on his way out of the Allianz Stadium as early as January. James allegedly wants to leave the club, and Juve are interested in striking a deal with Madrid for his signature, less than a year on from signing Ronaldo from Los Blancos in a £100m transfer....

How Juventus could line up against Udinese

Sports Mole looks at how Juventus could line up for this weekend’s Serie A clash with Udinese as they bid to make it 10 wins in a row at the start of the season. By Barney Corkhill, Assistant EditorFiled: Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 19:21 UK Last Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 19:21 UK For all of their dominance of Italian football – and occasionally European football – down the years, Juventus have never started a season quite as well as they have this term. The 3-0 Champions League win over Young Boys in midweek made it nine wins in a row at the start of a campaign for the first time in the club’s illustrious history, leaving them once again in control of the Serie A table. The seven-time defending champions are already six points clear of their closest ch...

Juventus investigated by UEFA over £99m Cristiano Ronaldo signing

Juventus will reportedly be investigated for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for £99m. By Ali AkbarFiled: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:18 UK Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 16:50 UK Juventus will be investigated to determine whether they breached Financial Fair Play regulations after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for £99m, according to reports. The Old Lady spent a total of £217m on players in this summer’s transfer window, including the likes of Douglas Costa and Joao Cancelo. However, according to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, it is their signing of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner which has caught the attention of UEFA, which will see whether their spending was in line with the inc...

Juve’s Costa refuses apology to Sassuolo’s Di Francesco after spitting dismissal

The Brazilian can expect a heavy fine and suspension following his red card against Sassuolo. By Press AssociationFiled: Monday, September 17, 2018 at 17:41 UK Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 at 17:41 UK Juventus star Douglas Costa has rejected calls he should offer a direct apology to Federico Di Francesco after he was sent off for spitting in the Sassuolo winger’s face, claiming “you do not know what he said to me.” Brazilian Costa is facing up to both an expected heavy fine from his club and also a suspension from the Italian Football Federation following the incident late on during Sunday’s Serie A match. The flash point came during stoppage time at the end of the game as Juventus saw out a 2-1 victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice. Sassuolo had...

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