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Juventus Stadium, Turin

13 November, 19:45 BST

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Real Madrid will face reigning Italian champions Juventus at the Juventus Stadium tonight in their next Champions League fixture.

The Spanish side won their first fixture against Juventus since 2005 last month at the Bernabeu stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace for the home side, but it wasn’t the most convincing performance from Real Madrid. Juventus played most of the second half with ten-men, but they were able to contain Real Madrid’s attack and also threatened to score despite their numerical disadvantage. Carlo Ancelotti’s men will have to produce a much better performance in Italy to get a positive result in this match. The odds favour Juventus and a win for the Italian side would pay +145.

Team news and tactics

Juventus

Juventus are currently third in Serie A, three points behind league leaders Roma. The Italian side bounced back well after two back to back defeats against Fiorentina and Real Madrid with victories against Genoa, Catania and Parma. Juventus are coming into this fixture on the back of a 1-0 win over Parma as Paul Pogba scored the winner in the second half.

The Bianconeri are currently third in Group B standings with just two points from three outings. Real Madrid are expected to win this group, but Juventus will have Galatasaray on their sight, who are currently have two points more than the Italian side. If Juventus lose this game and Galatasaray wins their fixture against FC Copenhagen, it will be a tough task for them to close down a five points lead in two matches.

Antonio Conte will be without Simone Pepe, Mirko Vucinic and Stephan Lichtsteiner for this game due to injuries, while Giorgio Chiellini will serve his suspension after being sent off in his last game. So Conte will make only one change to the side that he fielded against Real Madrid in their last meeting.

Leonardo Bonucci will replace Chiellini at the back as Juventus switch back to a back-four in this match. Ogbonna will start as the left-back in this game, while Caceres starts as the right-back. Pirlo, who didn’t start the match against Parma, will start in the midfield alongside Pogba and Vidal. Giovinco will drop back to the bench as Llorente, Tevez and Marchisio start in the three-man attack.

Expected starting line-up (4-3-3): Buffon (GK); Ogbonna, Bonucci, Barzagli, Caceres; Pogba, Pirlo, Vidal; Tevez, Llorente, Marchisio

Real Madrid

Like Juventus, Real Madrid are third in the league table currently, six points behind league leaders Barcelona. Los Blancos bounced back from the defeat in the El Clasico with a massive 7-3 win over Sevilla in the league. They are coming into this game on the back of a 2-3 win over Rayo Vallecano as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a wonderful brace.

Real Madrid currently lead the points table of Group B with three wins in their first three games. The Spanish side can confirm their place in the knockout stage with just a draw against Juventus in this game, although they would want their prime concern is to win this group in order to avoid a tough draw in the next stage.

Carlo Ancelotti will be without Fabio Coentrao for this game after the left back picked up an injury in their match against Rayo Vallecano. The Real Madrid manager is expected to make five changes to the side that started against Rayo. Casillas will replace Lopez in the goal as Arbeloa starts at right back and Marcelo replaces the injured Coentrao. Varane will also return to the starting line-up in place of Pepe.

The big news for the Real Madrid fans is of course the return of Xabi Alonso, who featured for 90 minutes in the last game. The Spaniard will once again feature in the midfield alongside Modric and Khedira, who will replace Di Maria. Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale will make the front three in this game.

Expected starting line-up (4-3-3): Casillas (GK); Arbeloa, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Alonso, Khedira; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo

Players to watch out for: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid); Arturo Vidal (Juventus)

Prediction: Juventus 2-2 Real Madrid

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