NEWS
Wednesday December 12 2012
Line-ups: Juventus-Cagliari

Juventus give Nicklas Bendtner and Paul Pogba rare starts as they welcome Cagliari in the Coppa Italia tonight, which is also Antonio Conte’s Turin comeback.

The Round of 16 tie kicks off at 20.00 GMT and it will be the first time Coach Conte has walked along the Juventus Stadium touchline this season.

His four-month ban in the betting scandal expired last week and he returned in the 1-0 win away to Palermo.

Fabio Quagliarella and Marco Storari are suspended, so Gigi Buffon unusually takes the gloves in this competition.

Pogba allows Andrea Pirlo to rest in midfield, Luca Marrone is used at centre-back, while Bendtner is given a chance alongside Sebastian Giovinco.

Cagliari have left behind key players like Radja Nainggolan, Nene, Daniele Conti, Davide Astori, Marco Sau, Andrea Cossu and Lorenzo Ariaudo.

The Sardinians crushed Pescara 4-2 in the last round and here rely on Mauricio Pinilla and the pace of Victor Ibarbo and Thiago Ribeiro.

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Marrone, Bonucci; Isla, Padoin, Pogba, Giaccherini, De Ceglie; Bendtner, Giovinco

Juventus bench: Rubinho, Branescu, Lichtsteiner, Caceres, Chiellini, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah, Vucinic, Matri

Cagliari: Avramov; Perico, Rossettini, Del Fabro, Murru; Eriksson, Ekdal; Ibarbo, Ceppelini, Thiago Ribeiro; Pinilla

Cagliari bench: Agazzi, Camilleri, Russu, Dessena, Casarini, Piredda, Chelo

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