Juventus predicted the line-up against Chelsea


Juventus travel to face Chelsea on Tuesday night, knowing that a victory will secure the top spot in the Champions League Group H.

Although Juve won the reverse match in Turin, head coach Massimiliano Allegri has something of a mini defensive injury crisis on his hands ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge.

Giorgio Chiellini, Danilo and Mattia De Sciglio are all out, and midfielders Federico Bernardeschi and Aaron Ramsey join them on the sidelines.

With that in mind, here’s how Allegri could line up on Tuesday …

Bonucci scored two goals from the spot this weekend / Giuseppe Bellini / GettyImages

Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – Has rotated with Mattia Perin sometimes this season, but expect the pole to start here.

Juan Cuadrado (RB) – Juve’s back injury means that the Colombian will probably be placed in a deeper role when he meets his former side.

Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – Scored two goals from the penalty spot when Bianconeri secured an important victory over Lazio on Saturday. Undoubtedly, the old lady starts and ships.

Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – Enjoyed a good match this weekend and will continue here with so many out injured.

Alex Sandro (LB) – Rested on Saturday by Allegri, expect the Brazilian to start before Luca Pellegrini on Tuesday night.

Chiesa made the winner when the two teams met in Turin / Nicolò Campo / GettyImages

Federico Chiesa (RM) – Got the winner in the reverse match and will be a big threat to Chelsea’s back line if he is not handled properly.

Weston McKennie (CM) – The US international has been in great shape lately and will start centrally here.

Manuel Locatelli (CM) – Locatelli will go head to head with their Italian teammate Jorginho when they both want to dictate the pace and play pass after pass. Whoever wins that battle can decide the outcome.

Adrien Rabiot (LM) – Impressed centrally on Saturday but will probably be shunted back wide to facilitate a shape change.

Paulo Dybala is back in Juventus training and has traveled / MARCO BERTORELLO / GettyImages

Alvaro Morata (ST) – Morata will have a point to prove when he returns to Stamford Bridge. His opponent will be well aware of how dangerous he can be.

Paulo Dybala (ST) – He may not last 90 minutes, but given what’s at stake, Allegri will want to start the dangerous Argentine here. He has been impressive in the Champions League so far this campaign.

You can read a preview of Chelsea vs Juventus here.

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