Juventus vs Lecce: Live stream, TV channel, team news and UK kick-off time for tonight's Serie A match
JUVENTUS host Serie A strugglers Lecce as the Old Lady look to take full control of the title race.
After Lazio's shock defeat to Atalanta last night, the hosts can go seven points clear at the top of the table with a victory.
- Start time: 8.45pm BST
- TV/Live stream: Premier Sports 1/Premier Player
- Juventus XI: Szczesny, De Ligt, Bonucci, Matuidi, Cuadrado, Rabiot, Pjanic, Betancur, Bernardeschi, Ronaldo, Dybala.
- Lecce XI: Gabriel, Rispoli, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni, Petriccione, Tachtsidis, Mancosu, Falco, Saponara, Babacar.
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It's a milestone evening for Rodrigo Bentancur, as the talented midfielder makes his 100th game for Juventus just a day after his 23rd birthday!
Will this man add to his tally of 22 goals in 23 Serie A appearances this season tonight?
He certainly looks ready to roll!
Kick-off in 15 minutes.
Let's take a quick look at the list of substitutes that Maurizio Sarri can call upon this evening.
Juventus bench: 77. Buffon 31. Pinsoglio 24. Rugani 42. Wesley 8. Ramsey 38. Muratore11. Douglas Costa 21. Higuain 35. Olivieri
The warm-ups are well underway and we are nearly all set to take in the action from the Allianz Stadium!
And now that it's in, albeit a little later than usual, here is the visitors' starting XI this evening.
Lecce: 21. Gabriel 3. Vera 4. Petriccione 5. Lucioni 6. Paz 7. Donati 8. Mancosu 10. Falco 11. Shakhov 29. Rispoli 77. Tachtsidis
RON THEIR WAY
Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty set the Old Lady on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bologna on Monday night.
Having been chased by Lazio and Inter for most of the way, Maurizio Sarri's side appear to now be waltzing serenely towards yet another Serie A title.
Is there anything that lowly Lecce can do to stop them tonight?
DOWN THE PJAN?
Miralem Pjanic has been strongly linked with making a move to Barcelona this week… with Arthur moving in the opposite direction.
Despite the intense speculation, however, the Bosnian is picked by Sarri this evening.
On the matter, the Italian said: ” If he is sold, it'll be for other reasons. He is not under discussion from a technical point of view.
“But the club haven't given me any signals in that sense, so I don't take it into consideration.”
AT YOUR ADE
Deployed from the start today, Adrien Rabiot is making all the usual footballer noises to assure Juventus' fans that their team will do all they can to secure the result tonight.
He said: ” We are physically well and focused, we will try to take advantage of this opportunity with the same determination of each game”
The Juventus starting XI has landed, and as expected Blaise Matuidi will fill in as a makeshift left-back.
Juventus (4-3-3): 1. Szczesny 16. Cuadrado 4. De Ligt 19. Bonucci 14. Matuidi 30. Bentancur 5. Pjanic 25. Rabiot 33. Bernadeschi 10. Dybala 7. Ronaldo
FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES
And what about visitors Lecce?
Boss Fabio Liverani will be desperate to pick up an unlikely result tonight, as even a point would see them climb out of the relegation zone at Genoa's expense.
And with their fellow scrappers also having to face Juventus in mid-week, avoiding defeat tonight while a huge ask, would be a tremendous boost for the Salentini.
As we await team-news for tonight's match, let's take a little look at the top of the Serie A table.
Following Lazio's two-goal capitulation at Atalanta on Wednesday night, Maurizio Sarri's men could find themselves seven points clear by the end of the night.
RON THE CHARGE
Juventus host strugglers Lecce this evening aiming to deliver a potentially fatal blow to Lazio's title hopes.
Maurizio Sarri will have watched on with glee on Wednesday night, as Juve's nearest challengers conspired to blow an early two-goal lead at Atalanta, going down 3-2 in Bergamo.
The result gives perennial champions Juventus the opportunity to go seven points clear at the top of the Serie A table, before Lazio attempt to pick themselves up against Fiorentina tomorrow night.
Former Chelsea boss Sarri, aiming to win his first major league title as a manager, does have some selection headaches going into the match, however.
With Mattia De Sciglio and Alex Sandro both injured, and former Manchester City utility man Danilo suspended, the 61-year-old may have to deploy midfielder Blaise Matuidi at left-back.
Sami Khedira, Gonzalo Higuain and Merih Demiral are also missing for the Old Lady, while there could be a start for former Arsenal man Aaron Ramsey.
Juventus have won both matches 2-0 upon their Serie A return, and will be hoping for similar serenity this evening.
Lecce, however, will be desperate for the points themselves as they battle doggedly against the drop.
The minnows from the Apulia region currently sit 18th in the table, but even a point tonight could see them climb out of the bottom three at Genoa's expense.
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