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De Ligt poised for Juve start

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Matthijs de Ligt will be fit to take his place in the side to face Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.

Juve are 23/20 to collect their third win of the group stage in Russia, while Zenit are 5/2 to claim three points and the draw is available at 23/10.

Bianconeri finding form

Allegri's side are unbeaten in their last seven matches and have won their last four, including a 1-0 win over Jose Moruinho's Roma, which former Ajax defender De Ligt missed.

They have already beaten Malmo 3-0 in Sweden and then secured a morale-boosting victory over Champions League holders Chelsea, when Federico Chiesa scored the winner in a 1-0 win.

However, Zenit have made a decent start themselves, having followed a 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge with a 4-0 win over the Swedes, so Allegri is not expecting an easy evening.

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He said former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci will also be starting, but late decisions will be made on several other players.

He told reporters: "De Ligt has fully recovered and will play."

Allegri looking for more

"We need to improve, both in attack and defence. Then the results increase the self-esteem and you work with more serenity.

"We have the opportunity to remain attached to the top and to advance from the group stage in the Champions League. Then we'll see for the rest - we are calm.

"Zenit are a team with important technical values, with very good players in the middle of the field. To come out with a positive result, you need to have a good match."

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