Sassuolo v Juventus: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Serie A 2018-19
Sassuolo sit 11th in the table with just 8 points separating the Neroverdi from the last Champions League spot albeit. A win could see them rise 2 places up to the 9th position, tied on 33 points with Sampdoria.
For the first time this season, Juventus look vulnerable. The Old Lady have been ravaged by injuries to their key defenders with the famed BBC trio of Bonucci, Barzagli and Chiellini all out injured. The Bianconeri will need to find their form and get back to winning ways with a crucial round of 16 Champions League match against Atletico Madrid on the horizon.
The first encounter between the sides ended with the Old Lady of Turin winning 2-1 at the Juventus Stadium.
Roberto De Zerbi will be without the services of defender Marlon (thigh) and young full-back Leonardo Sernicola (ankle), with the duo out injured, while midfielder Alfred Duncan will miss out due to suspension.
Stefano Sensi remains a major doubt for the Neroverdi.
Massimiliano Allegri is still without his star defensive combination of Leonardo Bonucci (ankle) and Giorgio Chiellini (calf), with Martin Caceres and Daniele Rugani once again likely to play in place of them.
Douglas Costa (quad), Andrea Barzagli (calf) and Juan Cuadrado (knee) also miss out through injuries with the latter being long-term absentees.
Sassuolo (4-3-3): Consigli; Lirola, Magnani, Peluso, Rogerio; Bourabia, Sensi, Locatelli; Berardi, Babacar, Djuricic.
Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny; De Sciglio, Caceres, Rugani, Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo.