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Juventus-Salernitana: Match preview and probable starting XI

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After a disappointing defeat in the Champions League round of 16 against Villarreal on Wednesday (0-3), Juventus are now looking to bounce back against Salernitana. The visitors are in last place in Serie A and in need of three points. Max Statman gives you a match preview, including some quotes from Max Allegri’s press conference. “Tomorrow I’ll field my strongest XI.”

There are no new injuries for Juventus, but Manuel Locatelli is unavailable due to testing positive for Covid-19. Even though Federico Bernardeschi, Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala returned to the squad last week, they’re not expected to start. Coach Max Allegri said that the trio’s fitness is improving, ‘but they still don’t have 90 minutes in their legs’.

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Allegri also mentoined that the squad, expect for the long term injuries, will be complete after the international break. That indicates that we won’t see Alex Sandro, Leonardo Bonucci and Denis Zakaria against Salernitana.

With the clash against Inter on the horizon, many coaches wouldn’t risk their players on the edge of suspension, but Allegri thinks otherwise. “I am not going to bench any player that is one booking away from suspension against Salernitana because Inter are next up. Tomorrow I’ll field my strongest XI and think about Inter when it’s time to.” Alvaro Morata, Dusan Vlahovic, Luca Pellegrini and Bernardeschi are all on four yellow cards.

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Locatelli won’t play because of Covid-19, so there’s a chance for higly rated youngster Fabio Miretti, who scored in the UEFA Youth League against Liverpool last week, to start in midfield. Allegri confirmed that Arthur will play on Sunday, so he’ll pair Miretti. Mattia Perin is expected to start in goal, so Szczesny gets rested. As Allegri said, Juventus is going to play their strongest XI, so there shouldn’t be too many changes compared to Wednesday.

Max Statman’s expected lineup (4-2-2): Perin; Danilo, De Ligt, Rugani, De Sciglio; Cuadrado, Arthur, Miretti, Rabiot; Vlahovic, Morata

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Juventus have only played Salernitana 5 times in their history. The Bianconeri won 3 times, drew twice and lost once. Juventus also never lost to the team from Salerno at home. When Juve visited the Stadio Arechi earlier this season, they were victorious 2-0, with goals from Dybala and Morata.

Jurre van Wanrooij is a writer and lead match analyst for Max Statman. He was born and raised in The Netherlands, where he still lives. He is studying journalism and that’s why he joined Max Statman, so that he could develop his writing. Apart from Juventus, he also support PSV Eindhoven, the club closest to his home. The goal is to give you guys the best information about Juventus in English and be as reliable as possible.