JUV vs CAG Dream11 Match Prediction: Defending Italian champions, Juventus will be playing hosts to Cagliari as they look to add further pressure on Inter Milan. Both Juve and Inter are currently neck-and-neck with 42 points from 17 games in the Seria A so far. Meanwhile, Cagliari finds itself at sixth with 29 points on board and will look to bounce back with a positive result after being on the receiving end of consecutive losses to Lazio and Udinese.
Date- Monday, January 6
Kick-Off- 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Allianz Stadium
Frontline goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny has returned from a back injury and should start in at goal. Rodrigo Bentacur’s three-game ban should make way for Adrien Rabiot in the heart of midfield. Meanwhile, the attacking trio of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo are likely to start. Whereas, Sami Khedira and Giorgio Chiellini are on the sidelines due to injury.
Luca Cappitelli should come in place of the suspended Fabio Pisacane. Meanwhile, Nahitan Nandez and Robin Olsen will be returning to the team from suspension. Alessio Cragno, Leonardo Pavoletti, Valter Birsa and Lucas Castro are ruled out due to injury.
JUV (Expected Playing 11)- Szczesny; Sandro, De Ligt, Bonucci, Cuadrado; Matuidi, Pjanic, Rabiot; Dybala; Ronaldo, Higuain
CAG (Expected Playing 11)- Olsen; Cacciatore, Cappitelli, Klavan, Pellegrini; Nandez, Cigarini, Rog; Nainggolan, Pedro, Simeone
Cristiano Ronaldo is the usual standout performer in the Juventus outfit. The Portuguese talisman has 10 goals, an assist
Radja Nainggolan has been pivotal in central midfield for Cagliari. The 31-year-old has four goals, five assists and a pass accuracy of 80% from 14 appearances in Serie A this season.
Gonzalo Higuain has also been a real asset in the final third for Juventus. Higuain has four goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 79% from 1007 minutes in the league this season.
Joao Pedro can be a threat while leading the attack for Cagliari. The Brazilian has 11 goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 78.3% from 17 appearances in the league this season.
Though Cagliari might have the needed quality in midfield and attack, Juventus at home should clearly walk in as the favourites to win the contest.
Goalkeeper- W Szczesny
Defenders- L Ceppitelli, L Bonucci, R Klaven
Midfielders- M Pjanic, A Rabiot, R Nainggolan, M Rog
Forwards- C Ronaldo (C), G Higuain (VC), J Pedro
Goalkeeper- R Olsen
Defenders- A Sandro, L Bonucci, R Klaven, J Cuadrado
Midfielders- B Matuidi, R Nainggolan (C), N Nandez
Forwards- C Ronaldo (VC), J Pedro, P Dybala
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