Juventus face Frosinone at home on Friday evening in Serie A action, looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to 14 points.
The Bianconeri remain unbeaten in the league, and despite slipping to a draw against Parma, and being knocked out of the Coppa Italia in embarrassing fashion to Atalanta, Massimiliano Allegri’s side remain on course for yet another successful campaign.
With the Italian boss likely to keep an eye on Juventus’ upcoming Champions League last 16 clash against Atletico Madrid just days later, making sure his side does the required job on Friday will be vital.
Here is the line-up Allegri is likely to select for Friday’s encounter.
3. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – After the departure of Juventus and Italy icon Gianluigi Buffon to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, former Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny has firmly established himself as the Turin side’s number one shot stopper.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – A real attacking outlet for Juventus from full-back, Cancelo has added an extra dimension to Juventus’ attack. His technical ability and much improved crossing has seen him pick up two assists in his 14 Serie A appearances this season.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – Max Allegri has confirmed that Bonucci will start on Friday following a spell on the sidelines.
Daniele Rugani (CB) – Named the Serie B Footballer of the Year in 2014 whilst with Empoli, Rugani hasn’t quite been able to cement a place at the heart of Juventus’ backline. But with injuries taking their toll, the 24-year-old will get another chance on Friday to impress his manager.
Mattia De Sciglio (LB) – ,With first choice left-back Alex Sandro suspended due to picking up another yellow card against Sassuolo, versatile defender De Sciglio will likely operate from the left-hand side on Friday.
Sami Khedira (CM) – A World Cup winner with Germany and a Champions League winner with Real Madrid, the vastly experienced midfielder is still an effective force at the age of 31.
Miralem Pjanic (CM) – For all their attacking strengths, the Bianconeri just do not look the same side without their Bosnian playmaker running things in midfield. Despite Allegri perhaps looking to rest him ahead of the pivotal European clash against Atletico just days later, Pjanic’s creativity would be far too big of a miss to leave out.
Blaise Matuidi (CM) – One of the most energetic midfielders in the game, Matuidi’s arrival from Paris Saint-Germain looks like shrewd piece of business from the Old Lady. The Frenchman has recently found himself on the left of a midfield four, but his athleticism and ability to cover the ground quickly has offered greater defensive protection for Allegri’s side.
Paulo Dybala (RW) – Max Allegri has confirmed that Dybala will start on Friday after missing out last weekend.
Mario Mandzukic (ST) – One of the heroes of Croatia’s remarkable run to the World Cup final this year, Mandzukic is one of the first names on Allegri’s team sheet. A workaholic up front, the ex-Bayern Munich forward is tireless in his pressing and has learned to dovetail well with Ronaldo this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo (LW) – One of the absolute greatest of all time, Ronaldo has proven his ability to adapt to a new league after his arrival from Real Madrid in the summer. The Portuguese star has fired in 18 goals in 23 Serie A appearances this season.