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Morata out again - How Juventus could line-up against Sassuolo

The Spanish striker is again ruled out for the Bianconeri's clash against Sassuolo, which means another start for Paulo Dybala alongside Cristiano Ronaldo

4:22pm on Saturday 9th January 2021
Emmet Gates

Juventus will again be without Spanish striker Alvaro Morata ahead of their clash with Sassuolo.

Morata has missed the last three games due to injury, and coach Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that the striker is once again out on the sidelines.

This means that Argentine Paulo Dybala will start up front alongside Ronaldo as Juve continue to pick up form under new coach Pirlo.

Pirlo is likely to stick with his 4-4-2 formation that he seems to have settled on in recent weeks.

Wojciech Szczesny will continue in goal, with a back four likely to consist of Danilo, Leonardo Bonucci, Merih Demiral and Gianluca Frabotta.

Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado are still unavailable due to testing positive for Covid.

In midfield, Pirlo is expected to name two changes. Arthur and Weston McKennie could replace Rodrigo Bentancur and Aaron Ramsey in central midfield.

Two goal hero Federico Chiesa is expected to retain his place on the right wing for the Bianconeri.

Mckennie could be utilised on the opposite flank, with a license to roam in-field.

Dybala and Ronaldo will play together for the third match in a row. The Argentine was especially pivotal in the win against Milan, and his good form could keep Morata out of the side once he eventually returns.

Juventus are fourth in the Serie A table, but with a game in hand.

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