Juventus vs Bologna | Predicted Starting XI

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Aiming for a first Serie A win since August, Juventus return to action on Sunday night, as they host Bologna in Turin.

Humbled by Monza just before the international break, the Bianconeri are already dropping behind the pace set by their potential title rivals and are desperate for three points this weekend.

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Now on a run of just one win from eight matches, Juventus followed another failure in Europe by faltering against rock-bottom Monza just before international football intervened. The first-half dismissal of Angel Di Maria certainly did not help, but being beaten by winless opponents who had just fired their coach and appointed a rookie replacement will have damaged some already diminished pride.

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With only 10 points on the board and their last victory coming back in August, against Spezia, Juve sat eighth after seven rounds of the Serie A season and are still pointless in their Champions League group following a 2-1 home defeat to Benfica last time out in Europe.

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Despite overhauling their attacking options during the summer, the Bianconeri have managed just 25 shots on target in domestic competition this term – their lowest tally after seven games since such data was first collected in Italy, back in 2004.As a result, Allegri is under severe scrutiny from all sides; with inadequate results matched by an aimless style of play, and only a prohibitive payoff package apparently why the board have not acted to remove him.

Before tackling Milan next week, Juve are presented with two more winnable fixtures, as they host Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday after welcoming Bologna to the Allianz Stadium.

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Predicted Starting XI: (3-5-2) – Szczesny, Danilo, Bonucci, Bremer, De Sciglio, Paredes, Locatelli, Mckennie, Kostic, Milik, Vlahovic.

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