The teams are on their way out onto the pitch. The players are wearing red marks on their faces as part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of violence against women. Kick-off is moments away.
Cagliari won the last fixture between these teams, 2-0 at home at the end of July. Before then, Juve had been unbeaten in 18 matches against today’s opponents, winning 15 of those encounters.
It’s welcome back to Dutch international De Ligt, who makes his first appearance since having shoulder surgery in August. With Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini both out, Demiral starts alongside him in the centre of defence. Diego Godin tested positive for Covid-19 during the international break so he’s out for Cagliari, with Nahitan Nandez self-isolating as a precaution.
SUBS: Matteo Tramoni, Guglielmo Vicario, Riccardo Sottil, Gaston Pereiro, Fabrizio Caligara, Andrea Carboni, Leonardo Pavoletti, Christian Oliva, Simone Aresti, Alberto Cerri.
CAGLIARI (4-2-3-1): Alessio Cragno; Fabio Pisacane, Ragnar Klavan, Sebastian Walukiewicz, Gabriele Zappa; Razvan Marin, Marko Rog; Alessandro Tripaldelli, Joao Pedro, Adam Ounas; Giovanni Simeone.
SUBS: Gianluca Frabotta, Giacomo Vrioni, Weston McKennie, Wojciech Szczesny, Manolo Portanova, Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala, Federico Chiesa, Carlo Pinsoglio.
JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Danilo, Matthijs de Ligt, Merih Demiral, Juan Cuadrado; Dejan Kulusevski, Adrien Rabiot, Arthur, Federico Bernardeschi; Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata.
Andrea Pirlo’s side have work to do in the title race, having gone into the international break four points behind league leaders AC Milan. Cagliari are three points further back, in 11th.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Saturday night Serie A fixture, as Juventus host Eusebio Di Francesco’s Cagliari at the Allianz Stadium.