Unfortunately, there won’t be many surprises to write about here. There were, however, a record number of responses to the survey, so the data should be pretty telling. The 4-2-3-1 predictably wins out as the favoured formation again, by quite a few votes.
In goal, Gianluigi Buffon, of course, gets the nod in this important game.
In defense, Leonardo Bonucci and Daniele Rugani get the nod as the starting central pair. Since Bonucci is a healthy scratch for disciplinary reasons, I will allow for his inclusion in the poll results.
Rugani as CB along with Bonucci, because even if he is not as experienced as Benatia he has proved himself as a reliable back that can handle tough key games like the one we have now against Porto
Dani Alves wins the battle for the right fullback spot on his first game back to seemingly good health.
I'm torn between Alves and Lichtsteiner, but if Pjanic is unavailable, a little bit of flair from Alves would be appreciated.
Alves at RWB as he is in top form and got enough rest in the weekend.
And in the absence of the regular defensive chiellini, i'd like to see licht more defensive to shore up numbers
And, of course, Alex Sandro is the selected left fullback.
In the midfield, it wasn’t even really close. No other midfielder even got 10 percent of the vote. Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio are good at what they do, and they were selected to start.
Not necessarily 'interesting' but I wanna see the Khedira-Marchisio double pivot.
In front of them, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, and Juan Cuadrado were selected, again, nearly unanimously. There weren’t many shouts for Pjaca, but the few were loud in backing up their claim.
I believe we should start Pjaca instead of Mandzukic, dani coz he got champions league xperience, Marchisio coz morale up there since the last game, alex sandro and pjaca on either flanks to suport the forwards
Pjaca could involve himself more with a right sided start, he has the option to change places with dybala and higuain better than cuadro, while licht should go defensive to counter porto attack which should leave sandro to terrorize the left channel making mandzu more central
And Gonzalo Higuain starts up front. Nothing to say about that one.
I also enjoyed this lineup take, so I’ll include it here:
It is a 3-4-1-2. I am going for this because Porto play a 4-4-2 diamond. So by going with 3 centre-backs, Juventus will have 3v2 superiority, so it would be easier to play out from the back. I am going for Cuadrado over Lichtsteiner/Alves at RWB as he is in top form and got enough rest in the weekend. This can also help us shift to a back four if necessary, by pushing Cuadrado into attack. Front 3 of Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic. The 3 can form a front 3 or also Dybala as CAM, other 2 playing strikers. So flexibility in attack as well as Mandzukic to track back and help Alex Sandro on the left.
My lineup is the same, sorry to be boring, but this is one of the more obvious lineup choices we have had in a while.
BWRAO & Anthony’s Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Buffon; Alex Sandro, Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Dani Alves; Claudio Marchisio, Sami Khedira; Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado; Gonzalo Higuain.