Monaco vs. Juventus: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for UCL Semi-Final

MONACO, MONACO - APRIL 19:  Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco celebrates his goal with captain Radamel Falcao during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg between AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund at Stade Louis II on April 19, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images )

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Monaco welcome Juventus in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash as the pair battle in the south of France on Wednesday.

Both teams have been impressive during their runs to the last four and will now compete for a berth in the prestigious final.

The Bianconeri continue to lead the standings in Serie A, dominating the division, nine points clear of Roma.

Monaco lead the way in Ligue 1 as they battle with Paris Saint-Germain and Nice for the championship crown.

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TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 07:  Daniele Rugani of Juventus celebrates a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Juventus and GNK Dinamo Zagreb at Juventus Stadium on December 7, 2016 in Turin.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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Juventus defender Daniele Rugani is expected to miss the Old Lady’s visit to Monaco’s Stade Louis II Stadium after suffering a knee injury.

Rebecca Louise Coles of The Sun reported the impressive youngster would be absent for the Italian champions as they make the short journey across the French border from Turin. Monaco enter the game with no fresh injury concerns, with Kylian Mbappe expected to start at the point of the attack.

Monaco have been this season’s surprise package in Europe’s premier competition, producing regular displays of breathtaking football.

MONACO, MONACO - APRIL 19:  Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco celebrates his goal with teammattes during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg between AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund at Stade Louis II on April 19, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by

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Mbappe’s emergence has been undeniable, and the France international has developed into one of the world’s most desired forwards in just 12 months.

The 18-year-old has scored five goals in only four Champions League starts, as well as netting 14 in Ligue 1, according to WhoScored.com.

Juve will be led by their own highly rated hitman, as Paulo Dybala continues to shine for the champions of Italy.

The Turin club have handed the player a new contract worth €7 million a year, keeping Dybala tied to the Italian side until 2022, per Corriere dello Sport (h/t Ryan Kelly of Goal). The Argentinian is said to be wanted by “half of Europe,” with Real Madrid among the teams interested in his services.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 19:  Jordi Alba (L) of Barcelona competes for the ball with Paulo Dybala of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou on April 19, 2017 in Barcelona, Spa

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Juve have the experience of operating deep into the competition over their opponents, but Monaco have become France’s most impressive unit.

The Ligue 1 leaders have a wealth of talent throughout their squad, who will all be hunted by the world’s top sides during the summer.

However, the Bianconeri’s destruction of Barcelona in the last eight will have been duly noted by all onlookers.

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