The £100m acquisition has not been able to rekindle his incredible goalscoring feat from his Real Madrid days since arriving in Turin, but manager Massimiliano Allegri believes today is the day for Ronaldo to break his duck after insisting “he will score” against Sassuolo. Ronaldo should at least head into the game fresh as he was left out of the Portugal squad during the international break in order to focus on his new club, having shown signs of fatigue after his World Cup commitments.
But the Modena-based Sassuolo are one of the surprise packages in Italy this season, as they head to the Allianz Stadium unbeaten this season following wins over Genoa and Inter Milan and a 2-2 draw with Cagliari.
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What time does it start?
Juventus vs Sassuolo kicks off at 2:00pm BST [3:00pm CET] on Sunday 16 September.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on Eleven Sports 2 from 1:50pm BST [2:50pm CET]. You can sign up with Eleven Sports for a 7-day free trial, with subscription costing £5.99 per month or £59.99 per year thereafter.
Juventus to win: 2/9
Sassuolo to win: 13/1
(Odds provided by Betfair)
Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Serie A encounter between Juventus and Sassuolo, where all eyes are on Cristiano Ronaldo as he continues his search for his first goal since joining from Real Madrid.
With kick-off scheduled for 2:00pm, we'll begin our full build-up from 1:00pm to bring you the latest from Turin.
We're an hour away from kick at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, where first play second in the Italian Serie A as Juventus take on Sassuolo, who'd have thought that at the beginning of the season?
Cristiano Ronaldo will no doubt be a major feature for the home side but can he find his first goal for the club since signing in the summer, stay with us to find out
Juventus have had a great start to the season despite not yet clicking in key areas but three wins from three sees them secure at the top of the table.
Former Liverpool man, Emre Can, who signed on a free this summer looks set to make his first start. Can has been replacing Miralem Pjanic and it looks like Pjanic is going to get a rest after being out on international duty with Can stepping in for Juve’s No. 5 in the starting lineup.
This is a big deal as there’s an expectation that he will become a regular starter sooner rather than later.
And here is confirmation of that starting XI place for Emre Can:
Who will they be facing? I here you ask, never fear for we also have the Sassuolo starting line up
Sassuolo are undefeated this season as well, slaying Inter Milan 1-0 in the first week before scoring 3 goals in six minutes to sink Genoa 5-3 just before the International break.
They face a tough 90 minutes away from home today but what do Roberto De Zerdi's men have in store for us?
He was one of my favourite players to watch at the World Cup this summer but Cuadrado starts on the bench for Juve, here's hoping he can make an impact if he gets a chance today
5 minutes to go until kick off in Turin, it's a packed house and the crowd are in full voice as the team line ups are read out over the speakers
KICK OFF: Juventus 0 - 0 Sassuolo
Sassuolo start the action Mandzukic storms down on Consigli and wins a throw in as the goalkeeper kicks the ball out of play
3 mins: Juventus 0 - 0 Sassuolo
Juve have started quickly, they're pressing Sassuolo high up the pitch and refusing to let them settle Khedira wins the ball back for Juve after another mistake from Consigli as he tries to clear, but Rogerio defends well and Sassuolo have the ball
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