June 24, 2021

LIVE: Juventus vs Hellas Verona

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History would certainly favour Juve today. The Bianconeri are unbeaten in 29 Serie A meetings with Verona on home soil – winning 25 and drawing four. That is their best run against any team in the Italian top flight.

As for Verona, Ivan Juric makes two changes to the side that drew with Genoa last weekend. There is a first start for new signing Nikola Kalinic up front. The much-travelled Croatian will receive support from Mattia Zaccagni, although captain Miguel Veloso remains unavailable through injury. Antonin Barak returns to the bench after recovering from a positive COVID test, but team-mate Koray Gunter continues to self-isolate.

Andrea Pirlo makes four changes to the Juventus side that overcame Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday. Paulo Dybala returns to the starting line-up, while there are also recalls for Merih Demiral, Arthur and Federico Bernardeschi. Cristiano Ronaldo remains absent after returning a second positive test for Coronavirus. He joins Matthias de Ligt on the sidelines. Federico Chiesa is ruled out through suspension following his red card at Crotone last week.

SUBS: Alessandro Berardi, Federico Dimarco, Antonin Barak, Andrea Favilli, Ivan Ilic, Filippo Terracciano, Matteo Cancellieri, Kevin Ruegg, Giangiacomo Magnani, Pawel Dawidowicz, Bruno Amione, Ivor Pandur.

HELLAS VERONA: Marco Silvestri, Federico Ceccherini, Matteo Lovato, Alan Empereur, Marco Davide Faraoni (captain), Ronaldo Vieira, Adrien Tameze, Darko Lazovic, Ebrima Colley, Mattia Zaccagni, Nikola Kalinic.

SUBS: Gianluigi Buffon, Gianluca Frabotta, Weston McKennie, Rodrigo Bentancur, Manolo Portanova, Dejan Kulusevski, Daouda Peeters, Giacomo Vrioni, Carlo Pinsoglio.

JUVENTUS (3-4-1-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Danilo, Leonardo Bonucci, Merih Demiral; Juan Cuadrado, Arthur, Adrien Rabiot, Federico Bernardeschi; Aaron Ramsey; Paulo Dybala, Alvaro Morata.

Reigning champions Juventus are aiming to maintain their unbeaten start to the Serie A season against a Verona side who have collected seven points from their opening four games.

Hello everyone and welcome to live text coverage of the Serie A showdown between Juventus and Hellas Verona at the Allianz Stadium.