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Juventus vs. Atalanta: BWRAO starting lineup vote results

The usual starters were cast aside.

Juventus FC v Bologna FC - Serie A Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

I especially enjoy these lineup results posts. They usually deviate from the usual regulars that start, and usual reserve players end up getting lots of votes. This edition was no different. The 4-3-3/4-5-1 formation won the majority of votes, ending the recent reign of preference of the 4-3-1-2 formation.

In goal, Neto took the majority of the votes with 84 percent. Let’s see if he can continue his clean sheet form from the last game against Bologna.

In defense, Daniele Rugani was the only near unanimous vote with 96 percent. Stephan Lichtsteiner was next with 81 percent, and was a shoe-in to be picked considering he will be missing the next league game due to suspension. Giorgio Chiellini and Kwadwo Asamoah fill in the other two spots, receiving the same amount of votes (68 percent).

In midfield, it was clear that readers want to see Tomas Rincon make his first start in a Juventus jersey, as he received 89 percent of votes. Alongside him is Hernanes with 55 percent of votes, and Claudio Marchisio with 52. Stefano Sturaro just missed the cut by only seven votes.

Up front, Marko Pjaca led the way with 77 percent of votes. It would be nice to see what he can do, and this would be the perfect formation and personnel to try him with. On the opposite wing, Juan Cuadrado just edged out Paulo Dybala with 55 percent of votes. Mario Mandzukic will spearhead the attack.

I would put out the same lineup. I would give Claudio a more advanced role than regista, while slotting Hernanes at the base of the midfield in that role. Mandzukic in between the two wingers is ideal for all three parties, plus this is a competition where he should be playing pretty much every game if available. Special players to keep an eye on are definitely Rincon and Pjaca. I would also try to get Moise Kean in there for as long as possible if we’re up by two or more goals.

The survey results were very tight. Kwadwo Asamoah received 48 percent of votes, while Chiellini received 45 of the votes. I’m not sure who the seven percent who voted other would rather see there, but to each their own. I’d like to see Asamoah there, personally. I just don’t think Chiellini would be able to make the transitions from defense to attack like Asamoah would be able to. I’ve never really been comfortable with Chiellini at left back. I’m pretty sure that my first comment ever on here was something about his abilities at left back, but I can’t remember how I found it that time, so I can’t pull it up right now. A rec from me if you figure out how to find it. Asamoah was also a solid, reliable player at left wingback (I know it’s not exactly the same thing) during the Conte era, and I’m still clinging onto the fact that a confidence boost might bring him to somewhat resemble what he once was.

Anthony and BWRAO’s Starting Lineup (4-3-3/4-5-1): Neto; Kwadwo Asamoah, Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele Rugani, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Claudio Marchisio, Hernanes, Tomas Rincon; Marko Pjaca, Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado.