Nordsjaelland - Juventus Preview: Winless Bianconeri looking to heap more misery on Danish champions
Antonio Conte's men will be desperate to return to Turin with all three points after drawing their opening two games thus far, away to Chelsea and at home to Shakhtar Donetsk
By Mark Doyle
Parkhurst, Okore, Runje, Mtiliga
Lorentzen, Christensen, John
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Caceres, Marchisio, Vidal, De Ceglie
Juventus should be bolstered by the return of captain Gianluigi Buffon and forward Mirko Vucinic for Tuesday night's crucial Champions League Group E clash with FC Nordsjaelland.
Buffon sat out Saturday night's Serie A win over title rivals Napoli with a thigh injury picked up on international duty with Italy but is expected to be given the all-clear to return in goal in place of Marco Storari for a game that the Bianconeri simply have to win after successive draws against Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Vucinic also missed the top-of-the-table showdown in Turin but he has recovered from the flu virus which laid him low last week and is expected to start up front alongside Sebastian Giovinco, with Fabio Quagliarella dropping to the bench.
However, on the down side for the Italian champions, first-choice wing-backs Kwadwo Asamoah (ankle injury) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (rested) have not travelled to Copenhagen, while the game has come too soon for Simone Pepe.
Paolo De Ceglie is expected to fill the void on the left-hand side left by Asamoah, while Martin Caceres is likely to be rewarded for his influential cameo against Napoli by getting the nod ahead of Mauricio Isla on the opposite flank.
As for the hosts, who have lost their first two games without scoring a single goal, coach Kasper Hjulmand is set to have a full squad to choose from, even though there are minor doubts over the participation of Ivan Runje and Mikkel Beckmann after Monday's training session at Parken.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Nordsjaelland have never before lined-up against an Italian side in European competition.
- Juventus have taken on Danish opposition just once before, the Bianconeri defeating Hvidovre IF 7-4 on aggregate in the first round of the 1982-83 European Cup.
- The hosts have now gone eight games without a victory in Europe, losing seven of those encounters.
- Andreas Laudrup's father, Michael, netted 16 times in 102 appearances for Juventus.
- Nordsjaelland quartet Nicolai Stokholm, Kasper Lorentzen, Jesper Hansen and Jores Okore were all in the Danish squad beaten by Italy in Milan last weekend. Juventus forward Nicklas Bendtner started up front for the visitors.
- Juventus have yet to taste defeat in any competition so far this season, with their unblemished Serie A record now standing at 47 games, a run which stretches back to the penultimate round of the 2010-11 season.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Nordsjælland 0-3 Juventus
- 26.66 %
FC Nordsjælland 0-2 Juventus
- 17.97 %
FC Nordsjælland 0-5 Juventus
- 10.17 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||7 Nov 2012||Juventus 4 - FC Nordsjælland 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||23 Oct 2012||FC Nordsjælland 1 - Juventus 1|
|29 Aug 2013||FC Nordsjælland 0 - Elfsborg 1||EL|
|22 Aug 2013||Elfsborg 1 - FC Nordsjælland 1||EL|
|7 Aug 2013||Zenit 5 - FC Nordsjælland 0||UCL|
|30 Jul 2013||FC Nordsjælland 0 - Zenit 1||UCL|
|5 Dec 2012||Chelsea FC 6 - FC Nordsjælland 1||UCL|
|-||Enock Kofi Adu||Midfielder|
|30||SmørumnedreLasse Andersen Petry||Midfielder|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|