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Monza vs. Juventus: Match preview, team news and probable lineups

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Monza and Juventus are set to kick off the Serie A weekend at the U-Power Stadium on Friday night. Juventus, currently Inter Milan’s closest challengers at the top, faces a challenging Monza side that caused them trouble last season.

Juventus, responding well after a tumultuous 2022-23 season, is within two points of Inter Milan. The recent Derby d’Italia ended in a hard-fought 1-1 draw, keeping Juventus in contention. With just one defeat in their opening 13 games, Juventus aims to maintain their strong form.

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Monza, despite being one of the lowest-scoring teams, sits ninth in Serie A, three points adrift of fifth place. Known for their solid defense, Monza completed a remarkable double over Juventus last season. The team’s ability to pick up points consistently keeps them in the mix for European places.

In terms of injuries, Monza’s Gianluca Caprari and Armando Izzo remain sidelined, while Juventus deals with right-back concerns due to Mattia De Sciglio’s injuries and Timothy Weah unavailability. Weston McKennie and Danilo are back and named in the squad to to face Monza.

The match is expected to be closely contested, with Juventus aiming for a pragmatic approach and Monza looking to stifle their opponents. A 1-0 victory for Juventus is predicted, maintaining their manager Allegri’s preferred scoreline.

Probable Lineups

Monza: Di Gregorio; D’Ambrosio, Pablo Mari, Caldirola; Ciurria, Gagliardini, Pessina, Kyriakopoulos; Colpani, Colombo, Dany Mota.

Juventus: Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Rugani; Cambiaso, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Vlahovic, Chiesa.

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