The spotlight will be on Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese forward makes his Serie A debut for the Italian champions on Saturday against Chievo
All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo this weekend as he makes his Serie A debut for Juventus against Chievo.
The Portuguese international made the sensational switch from Real Madrid this summer and only made his first friendly appearance for the club when Juve’s senior side thrashed their Under-23 team 8-0.
The Italian champions will be looking to defend their title for an eighth consecutive season, and will not be a complacent side as they gear up to face Chievo, who finished 13th in Serie A last season.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Serie A clash.
|Game||Chievo vs Juventus|
|Date||Saturday, August 18|
|Time||5pm BST / 12pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will be shown on ESPN+ and livestreamed Watch ESPN.
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on the Eleven Sports network on streamed live online on Eleven Sports.
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Seculin, Semper, Sorrentino|
|Defenders||Rossettini, Tomovic, Cacciatore, Jaroszynski, Bani, Tanasijevic, Valjent|
|Midfielders||Rigoni, Hetemaj, Radovanovic, Kiyine, Giaccherini|
|Forwards||Birsa, Stepinski, Meggiorini, Garritano, Garritano, Pucciarelli, Djordjevic, Pellissier|
Chievo will be optimistic for new arrivals Filip Djordjevic, Nenad Tomovic, Emanuele Giaccherini and Joel Obi making an impact against the Serie A champions, with Riccardo Meggiorini, Alessandro Gamberini and Federic Barbra the only absentees.
Chievo XI: Sorrentino; Hunter, Tomovic, Rossettini, Bani, De Paoli; Rigoni, Radovanovic, Hetemaj; Stepinski, Giaccherini.
Subs: Semper, Tanasijevic, Barba, Leris, Kiyine, Seculin, Djordjevic, Obi, Birsa, Pellissier, Jaroszynski, Meggiorini.
|Goalkeepers||Szczesny, Perin, Pinsoglio|
|Defenders||Chiellini, Benatia, Alex Sandro, Barzagli, Bonucci, Cancelo, Rugani|
|Midfielders||Pjanic, Khedira, Matuidi, Emre Can, Bentancur|
|Forwards||Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Guadrado, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi|
Allegri had already confirmed that Ronaldo would be making his Serie A debut against Chievo. The only players who missed out on the in-house friendly against the Juventus Under-23 side were Mattia de Sciglio and Leonardo Spinazzola, who will continue to work towards returning to fitness.
The Juve coach has a wealth of options to choose from as he looks to figure out his strongest formation – with the likes of other new signings in Emre Can, Leonardo Bonucci and Joao Cancelo all pushing for minutes.
Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Ronaldo.
Subs: Perin, Pinsoglio, Benatia, Matuidi, Barzagli, Mandzukic, Emre Can, Rugani, Bentancur, Bernardeschi.
Betting & Match Odds
Juventus are priced at 2/9 to win the tie according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 11/2. A Chievo victory is up for 14/1.
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Juventus had a successful pre-season participating in the International Champions’ Cup, beating Bayern Munich 2-0 and winning against Benfica in a penalty shootout but ultimately coming up short against Real Madrid in their final game, losing 3-1.
Ronaldo missed Juventus’ pre-season campaign in the United States but will start against Chievo, and his arrival was part of a larger re-shuffling within the Serie A side as Allegri looked to freshen up his squad.
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Club veteran and captain Gianluigi Buffon transferred to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, while Juve also sold Gonzalo Higuain to Milan – as the Argentine forward found himself buried under the pecking order.
Allegri warned his side not to become complacent against Chievo despite the presence of Ronaldo and their experience in winning titles, telling reporters: “We shouldn’t think that, with Ronaldo, we’ll win regardless. He brings extra value to our team.
“On paper, we’re the strongest team in Serie A, but that’s not enough. We have to show that burning desire to go the extra mile every single day in order to get our rewards.”