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Juve vs Atletico: Team news, predictions & likely lineup

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 11/03/2019

Juventus welcome Atletico Madrid in the second leg of a heavyweight Champions League round of 16 encounters at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night.

The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo was meant to inspire Bianconerri to finally win the trophy that has eluded them since 1986, but the Bianconeri must turn around a 2-0 reverse in Turin.

Late goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin saw Diego Simeone's Atleti side win convincingly in the Spanish capital, and Massimiliano Allegri now needs a near-miracle in Italy to turn this tie around.

Team News

Juventus will line up for the match with a relatively fresh side after Allegri rotated his team for the Bianconeri’s previous outing in Serie A, preserving the fitness of multiple star players for Tuesday’s clash.

The Italian champions will continue to be without Juan Cuadrado, who continues to recover following knee surgery, whilst midfielder Sami Khedira remains unavailable due to a heart condition.

However, Douglas Costa could return from a hamstring injury, but Brazilain left-back Alex Sandro will be suspended for the clash due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

Meanwhile, Atletico are contending with a number of injury concerns in defence which could hinder their hopes of halting Juventus’ star-studded attack with the kind of success which saw them claim victory in the first leg.

Captain Diego Godin missed Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leganes in La Liga with a muscular injury which could also keep the Uruguayan out of Tuesday’s clash, whilst Deigo Simeone’s problems at left-back continue with the absence of Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis.

Diego Costa has also been struggling with muscular problems, which could see on-loan forward Alvaro Morata start alongside Antoine Griezmann in attack while, Thomas Partey will miss the clash through suspension.

Head to Head 

This will be just the fourth meeting between these two sides are meeting in the European competition as Juventus yet to beat Atletico Madrid.

After being paired in the group stage during the 2014-15 season, Arda Turan’s goal secured a win for the La Liga side at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico travelled to Italy and left with a point after a goalless draw.

Recent Form

Juventus’ 2-0 defeat to Atletico in the first leg was a significant blow to the Bianconeri’s hopes of claiming a first European crown since 1995/96, but Allegri’s side have since responded well in maintaining their quest to retain the Serie A title.

Three consecutive league wins, including a dramatic triumph over title rivals  Napoli, have steered the champions well on course to claiming a 35th domestic title. However, European glory is threatening to elude the Italian giants once again ahead of Tuesday’s clash.

Meanwhile, Atletico have continued their own strong league form since their victory over Juventus in the first leg.

Simeone’s side have recorded three consecutive La Liga victories over Villareal, Real Sociedad and Leganes to keep Los Rojiblancos as the closest challengers to leaders  Barcelona.

Juventus possible starting lineup: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Sciglio; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo

Atletico possible starting lineup: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Luis; Koke, Rodri, Saul, Lemar; Griezmann, Morata

Score prediction: Juventus 1-0 Atletico Madrid

 
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