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Monza
Serie A | Gameweek 14
Dec 1, 2023 at 7.45pm UK
U-Power Stadium
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Monza
1 - 2
Juventus
Carboni (90+1')
Kiriakopoulos (9')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Rabiot (12'), Gatti (90+4')
Bremer (30'), Milik (81')

Preview: Monza vs. Juventus - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Serie A clash between Monza and Juventus, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Monza and Juventus get the Serie A weekend underway when they meet at the U-Power Stadium on Friday night.

The Old Lady are well in the mix for the title with just over one-third of the season played, but Monza proved tricky opponents for them last season.


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Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on November 26, 2023© Reuters

After all of the chaos which bore its head during 2022-23 for Juventus, they have responded excellently this campaign, as a brilliant start means they are currently Inter Milan's closest challengers at the top.

Last weekend's Derby d'Italia between the two sides was a tense and hard-fought battle, and neither side will have been too disappointed to see it end 1-1.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri may have been a tad frustrated at seeing his side fail to record a seventh straight clean sheet, conceding so soon after taking the lead through Dusan Vlahovic, but the draw keeps them within just two points of the Nerazzurri.

Just one defeat from their opening 13 games of the season suggests Juventus will be tough to beat, and Inter manager Simone Inzaghi claims that their lack of European football will give them a huge advantage.

The Bianconeri also have the fortune of playing first across their next three gameweeks, playing in the Friday night slot on each occasion, meaning they could go top before Inter play, and their closest rivals have a tricky test against Napoli this weekend.

Monza proved difficult opponents for Juve last season though, completing a remarkable double over Allegri's side on their debut in Serie A, becoming just the second side to win their first two top-flight league games against them.

Monza's Patrick Ciurria celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 29, 2023© Reuters

A 1-0 win here last September helped get their league campaign off to flyer, before they travelled to the Allianz Stadium and won 2-0 in a heroic defensive performance where they were outshot 22-3.

After a fine first season in Serie A, there have been no signs of second-season syndrome at Monza either, as they are in the hunt for European football.

Taking advantage of many of the usual big-hitters having slow starts, Monza sit ninth and are just three points adrift of Roma in fifth.

While Allegri is known for his pragmatic approach, Raffaele Palladino gives him a run for his money, as Monza are in the top half despite being one of the league's lowest scorers.

That is because their defensive record has been superb this season, with Juventus just one of three teams to have let in fewer goals.

While clean sheets have been hard to come by - none in their last five - Monza have not conceded more than one goal in a game since a matchday three defeat at Atalanta BC.

Monza drew 1-1 for the third time in four games at Cagliari last weekend, but with nobody below the top two showing much consistency, their ability to continue picking up points has kept in the mix for the European places.

Monza Serie A form:

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Team News

Juventus' Danilo in action with Napoli's Hirving Lozano on April 23, 2023© Reuters

After picking up injuries in September, both Gianluca Caprari (knee) and Armando Izzo (muscle) remain on the sidelines for Monza.

Youngster Samuele Vignato has missed the last two matches with injury, but fellow midfielder Andrea Colpani is one to keep an eye on, as he is currently knocking on the door of the senior Italy squad.

Colpani is one of a number of Italians flourishing in the Monza team, as they regularly name nine or 10 domestic players in their starting XI, along with Portuguese forward Dany Mota, who has spent his whole career in Italy.

Injury problems at right-back for Juve regarding Danilo and Mattia De Sciglio means Andrea Cambiaso is set to continue there, but Weston McKennie has been utilised in the position at times this season.

McKennie's USA teammate Timothy Weah has also been a regular at right wing-back, but he is out with a thigh injury.

Hans Nicolussi Caviglia started his first league game for Juve since 2019 in the Derby d'Italia, as rotten luck with injuries and three subsequent loan spells have rendered him unavailable.

Given the suspensions to Paul Pogba and Nicolo Fagioli in midfield, the return of Nicolussi Caviglia is perfectly timed, and he could see his game time greatly increased over the next few months.

Monza possible starting lineup:
Di Gregorio; D'Ambrosio, Pablo Mari, Caldirola; Ciurria, Gagliardini, Pessina, Kyriakopoulos; Colpani, Colombo, Dany Mota

Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Rugani; Cambiaso, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Vlahovic, Chiesa


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We say: Monza 0-1 Juventus

One-nil has often been Allegri's favourite scoreline, as they won by that margin three times in a row before the international break, and the manager relishes a pragmatic approach in potentially tough away games.

Monza themselves are no strangers to cagey affairs, and they will try their best to stifle Juve, but may come up just short here.


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