Juventus will be keen on extending their lead at the top of Serie A as they face bottom of the table SPAL at the Stadio Paolo Mazza. Juventus currently have 57 points on board and are a point above second place Lazio and two points in front of Inter Milan. SPAL on the other end are languishing with just 15 points on board. With the title race very much in the balance, Maurizio Sarri will be anticipating a much need win that bags his all three points and eases off the pressure to an extent.
Date- Saturday, February 22
Kick-off- 10:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Stadio Paolo Mazza
Spal could be expected to go with the 4-3-3 setup which they displayed against Lecce over the weekend. Francesco Vicari, Bryan Dabo and Alberto Cerri remain on the sidelines due to injury.
Miralem Pjanic will be missing out the upcoming fixture due to injury, while Douglas Costa, Meri Demiral, Sami Khedira are also on the sidelines. Leonardo Bonucci undergoes suspension which should make way for De Ligt and Daniele Rugani to be the centre half pairing.
SPL (Expected Playing 11)- Berisha; Reca, Zukanovic, Bonifazi, Cionek; Castro, Valdifori, Missiroli; Francesco, Petagna, Strefezza
JUV (Expected Playing 11)- Szczesny; Danilo, De Ligt, Rugani, Sandro; Ramsey, Bentacur, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Dybala, Ronaldo
Andrea Petagna has been one of the standouts for SPAL. Petagna has nine goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 74.% from 23 appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been at his brilliant best for Juventus. The talisman has 20 goals and two assists with a pass accuracy of 84% from 1765 minutes in Serie A this season.
Paulo Dybala can also pack a punch for Juventus on the forward line. The Argentina international has six goals, three assists and has a pass accuracy of 87.9% from 22 appearances in Serie A so far.
Rodrigo Bentancur can be decisive in midfield for Juventus. The 22-year-old has six assists from 1143 minutes this season.
From the last six games between the two sides, Juventus has won three in contrast to SPAL’s one win. One game has ended on level terms during the process.
Juventus are the clear cut favourites to bag all three points.
Goalkeeper- E Berisha
Defenders- A Sandro, M d Ligt, Danilo, E Zukanovic
Midfielders- G Strefezza, R Bentacur, A Ramsey
Forwards- A Petagna, P Dybala (VC), C Ronaldo (C)
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