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Champions League Preview: Nordsjaelland - Juventus

Champions League Preview: Nordsjaelland - Juventus

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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.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FC NORDSJAELLAND

Hansen
Parkhurst, Okore, Runje, Mtiliga
Stokholm, Adu
Lorentzen, Christensen
, John
Nordstrand

JUVENTUS

 
Buffon
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini

Pirlo
Isla, Marchisio, Vidal, De Ceglie
Giovinco, Vucinic

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 rival 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 champion, the game in Copenhagen has come too soon for both Simone Pepe and Paolo De Ceglie, who are also doubtful for this weekend's trip to Catania.

As for the home side, which has lost its first two games without scoring a single goal, coach Kasper Hjulmand has at least no fresh injury concerns, with his troops having come through last Friday's 3-0 win over Silkeborg unscathed.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Nordsjaelland has never before lined-up against an Italian side in European competition.
  • Juventus has 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 home side has 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 team as well.
  • Juventus has yet to taste defeat in any competition so far this season, with an 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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Available Squads
-Jesper HansenGoalkeeper
5Jores OkoreDefender
8Patrick MtiligaDefender
4Michael ParkhurstDefender
21Ivan RunjeDefender
-Enock Kofi AduMidfielder
7Nikolai StokholmMidfielder
-Mikkel BeckmannMidfielder
-K. LorentzenMidfielder
22Andreas LaudrupMidfielder
24Joshua JohnStriker
-Thomas VilladsenGoalkeeper
19Mark GundelachDefender
5Anders ChristiansenMidfielder
17Søren ChristensenMidfielder
23Mario TicinovicMidfielder
30SmørumnedreLasse Andersen PetryMidfielder
11Morten NordstrandStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
33LúcioDefender
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker

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