Venue: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Time: 19:45 (GMT), 3:45 p.m. EDT
Date: Sept. 17, 2013
TV: Sky Sports (Red Button)
Live stream: Sky Sports
Juventus begin their Champions League campaign off the back of a comeback draw in the Derby d'Italia.
The Bianconeri responded with an Arturo Vidal to silence a raucous San Siro crowd, who had erupted in elation moments earlier when Mauro Icardi—the Juventus killer, having scored four times in three matches against the Old Lady—had given Inter the lead.
Juve will be extra motivated in the Champions League this season after a satisfactory return to the competition last year.
Now the Bianconeri begin a new adventure in Denmark against FC Copenhagen—a game that, at least on paper, Juve should win comfortably.
However, the attitude in the camp appears to be very professional, with Leonardo Bonucci commenting on his official website (Italian language) that "every match is a final (in the Champions League) and this is the first."
Copenhagen will not be confident of upsetting the Italians either, as the Danish champions lie 10th in their league after a torrid run that has seen FCK win just one match since April.
Copenhagen Team News
Former Juventus centre-back Olof Mellberg is in line to play against his former club.
The Danish champions have centre-back Kris Stadsgaard out injured, and backup goalkeeper Kim Christensen remains frozen out due to a contractual dispute.
Stale Solbakken will hope to have Nicolai Jorgensen back to top condition after the Dane's recent fitness issues, while new strike Adi Fanendo continues to settle into the side.
Expected XI: Johan Wiland; Lars Jacobsen, Mellberg, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Pierre Bengtsson; Cristian Bolanos, Claudemir de Souza, Thomas Delaney, Jorgensen; Fanendo, Cesar Santin.
Juventus Team News
Antonio Conte has no fresh injuries to concern himself with ahead of the Champions League, with Claudio Marchisio, Martin Caceres, third-choice goalkeeper Rubinho and long-term casualty Simone Pepe the only absentees for Juve.
Andrea Barzagli and Mirko Vucinic have shaken off knocks, but it remains to be seen as to whether Conte will pick them to start Tuesday, as a busy schedule ahead could prompt a little rotation.
Angelo Ogbonna and Fabio Quagliarella will be ready to step in should Conte feel it necessary to rest a couple of players with Hellas Verona awaiting them this weekend in Serie A.
Expected XI: Gianluigi Buffon; Bonucci, Ogbonna, Giorgio Chiellini; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Vidal, Kwadwo Asamoah; Carlos Tevez, Quagliarella.
Key Battle: Adi vs. Ogbonna
Copenhagen will look to get Claudemir on the ball alongside Bolanos, who can drift inside and link with the strikers.
Their cutting edge should come from Adi's runs off the last man into the space behind, so the added pace to the back line that comes from Ogbonna will be crucial for Juve to be able to nullify that threat.
The Nigerian-born Azzurri international has enormous potential and will be looking to prove his worth after his summer switch from Torino.
It is not beyond question that Ogbonna could force his way into the starting lineup over the coming months at Juve, so a Champions League test will be a nice way to measure his capability.
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