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November 24, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Armando Picchi — Livorno
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Livorno - Juventus Preview: Bianconeri face defensive crisis

Antonio Conte's men are going for five consecutive wins in Serie A but have a number of injuries and suspensions at the back with which to contend

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal
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Juventus will line up with a makeshift defence when they go in search of a fifth consecutive Serie A win against Livorno on Sunday.

The Turin giants will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner (thigh), Andrea Barzagli (muscle problem), Leonardo Bonucci and Angelo Ogbonna (both suspended), while attacker Sebastian Giovinco (foot) is rated as doubtful.

Midfielder Mauricio Isla (knee) is also sidelined, along with long-term absentee Simone Pepe (thigh). However, Arturo Vidal has been given clearance to play.

The champions will head to the Stadio Armando Picchi looking to maintain the momentum that they built before the international break, having won their last four top-flight games without conceding a goal to draw to within a point of leaders Roma.

Claudio Marchisio reported back from international duty fully fit and the Italy midfielder is prepared to play out of position to help solve Juve's injury crisis.

"We know that we will be going there in a bit of an emergency," he told Sky Sport Italia. "However, I'm convinced that whoever steps out on to the pitch for us will give us their best in a game that won't be easy.

"My role? I'm at the total disposal of the coach and I'll play wherever he needs me to play."

Livorno have slipped to 15th in the table after winning just one of their last nine matches. Davide Nicola's side are just three points above the relegation zone and were beaten 2-0 at Inter last time out.

Nicola knows that his team will be up against it when they face Juve and the Livorno coach spoke of his respect for Conte.

"We're going to be facing a team that has a precise idea of what their identity is," he told Rai2. "They play at a club where the only priority is to win - so it's going to be a difficult challenge for us.

"We're going to be playing a side that go out with a frightening intensity but we hope what we've got will be sufficient. Conte, as a coach, is absolutely excellent. We all want to be at the same level as him."

Nicola will be without the suspended pair of goalkeeper Alfonso De Lucia and striker Paulinho, while Marco Benassi is struggling with a calf problem and Ruben Botta is sidelined through injury.


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Available Squads
1Francesco BardiGoalkeeper
15Ibrahima MbayeDefender
17Federico CeccheriniDefender
23EmersonDefender
77Leandro RinaudoDefender
85Andrea CodaDefender
10Andrea LuciMidfielder
19Leandro GrecoMidfielder
-Pasquale SchiattarellaMidfielder
20Innocent EmegharaStriker
26Luca SiligardiMidfielder
22Luca AnaniaGoalkeeper
37Gabriele AldeganiGoalkeeper
2Cristiano PicciniDefender
3Giuseppe GemitiDefender
-Saulo DecarliDefender
-Alessandro LambrughiDefender
33Nahuel ValentiniDefender
-Luca BelingheriMidfielder
14Jonny Mosquera Midfielder
24Marco BenassiMidfielder
27Marco BiagiantiMidfielder
-M. BorjaStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
4Martín CáceresDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
14Fernando Llorente Striker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
34RubinhoGoalkeeper
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
13Federico PelusoDefender
-Marco MottaDefender
9Mirko VučinićStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
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