How Juventus Will Line Up Against Bologna

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIApril 17, 2014

How Juventus Will Line Up Against Bologna

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    Juventus face Bologna this weekend with one eye potentially on a mouth-watering Europa League semi-final tie against Benfica next week.

    Most presume that the Bianconeri will prioritise their game against the soon-to-be Portuguese champions, but Antonio Conte has his eyes set on creating history in Serie A.

    The record for the highest points total, breaching the 100-point barrier and earning a record number of consecutive home wins in the league all get the juices flowing.

    So it is actually tricky to envisage what team Conte will look to put out against Bologna, who are fighting off relegation and will be keen to spring a surprise.

    Here is how Juve should line up.

Goalkeeper and Defence

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    Gianluigi Buffon will be the easiest pick for Antonio Conte, with the Azzurri stopper enjoying something of a renaissance between the sticks.

    Helping to protect the 36-year-old's goal will be Giorgio Chiellini, Angelo Ogbonna and Martin Caceres.

    This is quite straightforward for Conte, as Leonardo Bonucci is suspended and Andrea Barzagli has yet to gain enough sharpness to start a game after resuming training this week.

    The Azzurri international is expected to take his place on the bench after being out for over a month with a calf injury.

Wing-Backs

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    Stephan Lichtsteiner is suspended, which hands another opportunity for Mauricio Isla to start. 

    The Chilean is enjoying his best moment in black and white and is expected to start his 16th game of the season.

    Lichtsteiner is not enjoying his best run of form, so Isla should feel that another good outing will give Conte food for thought about whether he can permanently take the Swiss international's place.

    Kwadwo Asamoah should line up on the opposite flank, as Conte will not want to rotate too much with the league still holding a significant amount of importance, despite the probability stacked in their favour in the race for the Scudetto.

Central Midfielders

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    Arturo Vidal is the main concern for Conte, as the Chilean missed the last game with a slight knee injury.

    The former Bayer Leverkusen star took his place on the bench but failed to come on as a substitute.

    Conte will probably not risk the Chile international, which will mean an unchanged trio through the middle.

    Andrea Pirlo, fresh off a media storm due to the new English translation of his autobiography, will be joined by Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio.

     

Strikers

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    Carlos Tevez should come back into the starting line-up for Juventus against Bologna, as he aims to beat off competition from Ciro Immobile and compatriot Gonzalo Higuain for the capocannoniere title.

    El Apache was rested for the Udinese game but will likely come back in here, replacing Sebastian Giovinco, despite the Atomic Ant's fine solo goal in Udine.

    The former Parma star came off with a slight knock, so Carlitos will resume his partnership with Fernando Llorente.

    The Spaniard also scored on Monday and will match up with the Argentine for the first time since Livorno, with Conte rotating his strike force for the last couple of games.

    Dani Osvaldo, Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella will have to continue to wait for their chance, which will surely come soonif not here, then possibly during one of the matches against Benfica or the Sassuolo fixture in between.