Juventus will be looking to reclaim first position in Serie A from Inter Milan when they welcome relegation-threatened Brescia to Turin on Sunday afternoon.

Juve have won Serie A in each of the last eight seasons, but it does appear that the Old Lady will face a serious challenge to claim a ninth straight title come the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

Indeed, just one point separates leaders Inter from third-placed Lazio, with Juve currently in the middle. All three will fancy their chances of finishing top of the pile come the end of the season, but Maurizio Sarri’s side will, for the moment, just be focused on returning to winning ways this weekend.

The Old Lady have lost two of their last three in the league to Napoli and Hellas Verona, while they played out a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final on Thursday night.

It would be fair to say that it has not been plain sailing for Sarri this season, although a win on Sunday afternoon would see them return to the summit as Lazio and Inter do not lock horns until Sunday night.

Team News

Juventus

Ronaldo is not in the squad this game, which means Higuain could start & partner with Dybala.

Juve will again be without the services of Federico Bernardeschi, Merih Demiral, Sami Khedira and Giorgio Chiellini through injury, while Douglas Costa is out until March with the muscular issue that he picked up against Verona.

Rodrigo Bentancur and Adrien Rabiot should both return to the starting XI having been named on the bench against Milan during the week.

The fact that Bernardeschi is absent means that Aaron Ramsey should again feature in an attacking role, while Juan Cuadrado should feature at right-back in place of Mattia De Sciglio.

Brescia

Balotelli is expected to be joined in the final third by Ernesto Torregrossa, while Daniele Dessena should keep his spot despite pressure from former Aston Villa attacker Birkir Bjarnason.

Predicted XI

Juventus possible starting lineup: Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Sandro; Rabiot, Pjanic, Bentancur; Ramsey; Higuain, Dybala

Brescia possible starting lineup: Joronen; Sabelli, Cistana, Chancellor, Mateju; Bisoli, Dessena, Tonali, Spalek; Torregrossa, Balotelli

Prediction: Juventus 2-0 Brescia

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