The Angel Named Sami Khedira!
Sunday August 28 2016
Juventus again leave Gonzalo Higuain on the bench, but start Medhi Bentia and Dani Alves for their trip to Ciro Immobile’s Lazio.
It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT)
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The Bianconeri won their opening game of the Serie A season 2-1 against Fiorentina, as Higuain came off the bench to score with only his third touch.
The €90m signing is again on the bench today, as he is working towards his best shape after the summer break.
Instead, Mario Mandzukic partners Paulo Dybala, while Miralem Pjanic is also still not 100 per cent fit after a knock last week.
With Claudio Marchisio and Stefano Sturaro still sidelined, Mario Lemina and Kwadwo Asamoah take the midfield reins.
Leonardo Bonucci is absent due to a personal matter, so summer signing Benatia gets his first start.
Lazio also won the opening fixture, a 4-3 thriller away to Atalanta, with Immobile getting off to the best possible start for his new club.
He also got an Italy recall today, so will be brimming with confidence.
Felipe Anderson is available again after winning the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics, but Keita Balde Diao remains an outcast.
Simone Inzaghi makes several changes, most notably shifting from 4-3-3 to a 3-4-3 system.
Bastos gets his debut in defence with Chelsea transfer target Stefan de Vrij.
It’s safe to say this game doesn’t hold good memories for Lazio, who have not beaten Juventus in a Serie A match – home or away – since 2003.
In all competition, they’ve lost nine of the last 10 encounters, drawing just once.
There will be a minute’s silence before all games this weekend and black armbands after the devastating earthquake of August 23.
The shock was felt in Rome and so far 284 people are confirmed to have died. Lazio are wearing a special shirt with a clock marking the moment the quake struck.
Lazio: Marchetti; Bastos, De Vrij, Radu; Basta, Parolo, Biglia, Lukaku; Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Lulic
Lazio bench: Strakosha, Vargic, Patric, Prce, Wallace, Murgia, Cataldi, Leitner, Milinkovic-Savic, Lombardi, Kishna, Djordjevic
Juventus: Buffon; Benatia, Barzagli, Chiellini; Dani Alves, Khedira, Lemina, Asamoah, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Mandzukic
Juventus bench: Neto, Audero, Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Evra, Hernanes, Pjanic, Pjaca, Higuain