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Udinese vs Juventus: Line-ups
Juve to Reign Supreme
Following a rare year of decline and unease – plus uproar at plans to join a so-called European Super League – the removal of club legend Andrea Pirlo as coach this summer has led to Juventus turning towards their former boss Max Allegri for a change of fortunes in 2021-22.
August’s opening rounds of the new Serie A season will see the Turin giants host promoted Empoli following their trip to Udine, so the 36-times Italian champions will expect to take advantage of such a kind turn from the fixture computer.
Juventus – who have made few new acquisitions but managed to retain last term’s Capocannoniere Cristiano Ronaldo for now – have won seven of their last eight league games against Udinese, scoring 24 times in the process. Not only that, but they have won nine of their last 10 season openers in Serie A, and will be confident of adding another to that tally against their fellow Bianconeri.
Having finished between 12th and 14th at the end of the last five seasons, Udinese are realistic about their role in the food chain, but despite De Paul’s exit, coach Luca Gotti still retains ambitions of a top-half placing next spring.
Udinese – who have only won one of their last 11 home games against opening day visitors Juventus – warmed up for one of their toughest tasks of the upcoming campaign with a 3-1 Coppa Italia win over Ascoli last weekend, as former Juve midfielder Roberto Pereyra netted twice to send them through to the second round.
Juventus dropped too many points against sides bound for a bottom-half finish last term, so will be eager to start on the right foot this weekend at the Friuli. With Paulo Dybala fully fit and Manuel Locatelli adding a missing ingredient to their midfield department, the visitors are likely to prove too hot for Udinese to handle under their returning supremo, Max Allegri.