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Real Madrid vs Juventus Live Football Soccer July 31, 2022

Real Madrid, who won a La Liga and Champions League double last season, will round off their pre-season with this contest against Juventus before taking on Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup on August 10. Ancelotti’s side will then begin their 2022-23 La Liga campaign away to Almeria on August 14 before also taking on Celta Vigo and Espanyol in the opening month of the new season. Real Madrid have only made two new signings this summer, bringing in Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco and Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer from Chelsea;

Ancelotti has insisted that the club’s business has finished, but there remain rumours that a new centre-forward could arrive before the end of the window, especially if Mariano Diaz and Marco Asensio depart in the coming weeks. Juventus, meanwhile, opened their preparations for the new campaign with a 2-0 victory over Guadalajara on July 22 before playing out a 2-2 draw with Barcelona on Tuesday night. Ousmane Dembele and Moise Kean both scored braces in the entertaining contest in Texas, and the Old Lady now have two more friendlies against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, with the second match taking place on August 7, before opening their new Serie A campaign against Sassuolo on August 15.

The Italian giants finished fourth in Serie A last season, in addition to being knocked out in the last-16 stage of the Champions League, so head coach Massimiliano Allegri will be targeting improvement in 2022-23. Juventus have signed Federico Chiesa on a permanent basis from Fiorentina this summer, while the club have also brought in Bremer, Andrea Cambiaso, Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria. Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral are among the players to move on, and there is expected to be more movement, both in and out, before the end of the summer transfer window.

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti said after the match with Club America that he is expecting to have Dani Carvajal available for selection against Juventus, with the right-back winning his fight to overcome an ankle issue. There will be a number of changes to the side that took to the field for the first whistle against the Mexican giants last time out, with Thibaut Courtois, Carvajal, David Alaba, Eder Militao, Federico Valverde, Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo all expected to come back in.

Benzema could play another 45 minutes, with Hazard possibly playing the second half at centre-forward, while Vinicius Junior is again expected to play off the left from the first whistle. Ancelotti has said that he will be looking to “reduce the workload for the players” against Juventus, as he looks ahead to the UEFA Super Cup with Frankfurt on August 10. As for Juventus, Pogba is facing an extended spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, and there are fears that the midfielder could even be absent for the 2022 World Cup.

Real Madrid expected starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Junior

Juventus expected starting lineup: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Bremer, Sandro; Di Maria, Zakaria, McKennie, Locatelli, Pellegrini; Vlahovic

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