LIVE: Juventus vs Sassuolo

5′ Ronaldo flashes his skill in midfield, displaying some lovely footwork to win a free-kick. He’s being made to drop much deeper than they would probably like him to in order to get in possession, however. At least early on that’s proving the case.

3′ No early threat offered by either side as they feel each other out and look to get settled into the match. The majority of possession is coming in the midfield third, with minimal movement off the ball.

1′ AND THEY’RE OFF! Sassuolo in green and black as they get the match underway, with Juventus in white and black.

De Zerbi makes three changes from the victory over Genoa, one in each facet of the pitch. Duricic starts ahead of Babacar in attack, meaning Boateng will lead the line. Bourabia comes into midfield and Marlon into defence, as Magnani and Lemos are dropped to the bench, with the visitors reverting to a more standard four-man defence.

Allegri makes four changes from their victory over Parma a fortnight ago. Dybala surprisingly isn’t rested ahead of Wednesday, as he starts alongside Ronaldo and Mandzukic in attack, replacing Bernardeschi. Can comes into midfield at the expense of Pjanic, while De Scigli and Benatia start ahead of Cuadrado and Chiellini in defence.

SUBS: Gianluca Pegolo, Francesco Magnanelli, Mauricio Lemos, Alessandro Matri, Stefano Sensi, Jeremie Boga, Giangiacomo Magnani, Khouma Babacar, Federico Di Francesco, Cristian Dell’Orco, Claud Adjapong, Enrico Brignola.

SASSUOLO (4-3-3): Andrea Consigli; Pol Lirola, Marlon, Gian Marco Ferrari, Rogerio; Alfred Duncan, Manuel Locatelli, Mehdi Bourabia; Domenico Berardi, Filip Duricic, Kevin-Prince Boateng.

SUBS: Mattia Perin, Carlo Pinsoglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Joao Cancelo, Daniele Rugani, Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado, Moise Kean, Federico Bernardeschi.

JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Woijciech Szczesny; Mattia De Sciglio, Medhi Benatia, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Sami Khedira, Emre Can, Blaise Matuidi; Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo.


Roberto De Zerbi’s side have been scoring in bunches – eight in three matches – but have a bit of work to do defensively. They certainly play an entertaining brand of football, but that could be their Achilles heel as they get set for their date with Ronaldo and company.

Perhaps by technical definition Sassuolo’s start to the campaign hasn’t been perfect, but it sure has been close. They have taken seven points from their first three matches, including a strong resume-building victory over Inter.

Massimiliano Allegri’s team selection today will be of interest, given the Bianconeri begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday night in Valencia. In fact, this begins a run of seven matches in the next 21 days leading into the next international break.

Juventus are perfect through three league matches, as everything has started perfectly in the Cristiano Ronaldo era, except for one small thing – the forward has yet to score his first Serie A goal. Could today be the day?

Hello and welcome to live coverage of this Serie A match as Juventus welcome Sassuolo to Allianz Stadium!