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Juventus will be back in action after the international break, where many of their top starts performed well as they host Cagliari at home in what should be a very close game.

After seven rounds of league games, the reigning champions find themselves fifth in the standings. While they haven't yet lost under Andrea Pirlo in the league, only two wins have come from their last five fixtures.

Head to Head all time matches vs Cagliari:

Juventus have locked horns with Cagliari on 89 occasions since 1964. As one might expect, The Old Lady have enjoyed the upper hand against the team from Sardinia. The Bianconeri have been victorious in close to half of their meetings with Cagliari, winning 44 games, while the visitors have just 15 wins to their name. As many as 30 encounters between the two sides have ended in a stalemate.

In the latest meeting, Cagliari inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Juventus at the Sardegna Arena, but they are winless at the Allianz Stadium in their last 11 attempts against Juve. Some news on the injury front for Juventus:

Juventus suffered a double blow in the international break, as they lost their two main central defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci to muscular problems on international duty. Fortunately, Andrea Pirlo might be able to call upon Matthijs de Ligt and Alex Sandro, as the duo resumed full training earlier this week. Alvaro Morata had a great spell with Spain in the international break and is expected to lead the line alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Dejan Kulusevski. As of press time the ageless wonder Gigi Buffon will start in place of Wojciech Szczesny.

Cagliari have impressed under Eusebio Di Francesco and their three wins this term have come in their last four outings. They present a unique challenge to Juventus, who will be without a few key players in the match. Their defence will be tested by the visitors, who have scored 11 times in their last four games.

In the final third, it seems Alvaro Morata can take over some responsibilities from Ronaldo and is expected to score in the game. Given the form of both teams and a weakened Juventus defence, Juve should do enought to get a much needed victory.

Final Prediction: Juventus 3 Cagliari 1