Bologna - Juventus Preview: Old Lady desperate not to lose further ground in race for the Scudetto
The Bianconeri were heavily criticised for their below-par showing against Chievo at the weekend, but have been presented with the chance to redeem themselves on Wednesday
By Livio Caferoglu
Raggi, Portanova, Cherubin
Pulzetti, Perez, Mudingayi, Morleo
Lichtsteiner, Caceres, Bonucci, De Ceglie
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Vucinic
Juventus have been rocked by the news that first choice centre-back partnership Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli will be out of action for 20 days and 10 days respectively, but coach Antonio Conte looks to have ready-made replacements in the form of January arrival Martin Caceres and Leonardo Bonucci.
However, the latter felt the wrath of frustrated Old Lady fans during the 1-1 draw with Chievo on Saturday after another unconvincing performance, but he can win back the hearts of his supporters with a return to form against Bologna.
Other changes in the XI should see Arturo Vidal resume his midfield duties after sitting out the clash against the Flying Donkeys as punishment for his red card against AC Milan a week earlier, while Simone Pepe should start ahead of Emanuele Giaccherini on the right wing.
Meanwhile for Bologna, Simone Loria, Mikael Antonsson and Robert Acquafresca all face late fitness tests ahead of the clash, as coach Stefano Pioli prepares to make one change from the side that beat Novara 1-0 in a crucial relegation six-pointer on Sunday - Archimede Morleo should replace Matteo Rubin in midfield.
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- Bologna have won just one of their last 20 Serie A meetings with Juventus. However, they have won three of their last four league encounters, and have lost only once in nine matches.
- The Rossoblu have failed to beat Juventus in their last nine attempts.
- Stefano Pioli's men have kept clean sheets in four of their last Serie A fixtures at home.
- Juventus have recorded the most wins at the Dall'Ara in the top-flight, with 26 victories.
- Despite their status as the only side still unbeaten amongst the 'top-five' European leagues, the Old Lady have drawn four of their last five in Serie A.
- Furthermore, the Bianconeri have drawn five of their last seven away days in the league.
- Juventus have conceded just 16 top-flight goals this season, fewer than any other side.
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Top 3 Predictions
Bologna 0-2 Juventus
- 27.94 %
Bologna 1-2 Juventus
- 12.01 %
Bologna 0-3 Juventus
- 10.53 %
|Serie A (ITA1)||16 Mar 2013||Bologna 0 - Juventus 2|
|Serie A (ITA1)||31 Oct 2012||Juventus 2 - Bologna 1|
|Serie A (ITA1)||7 Mar 2012||Bologna 1 - Juventus 1|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||8 Dec 2011||Juventus 2 - Bologna 1|
|Serie A (ITA1)||21 Sep 2011||Juventus 1 - Bologna 1|
|19 May 2013||Bologna 0 - Genoa 0||ITA1|
|12 May 2013||Parma 0 - Bologna 2||ITA1|
|8 May 2013||Bologna 0 - Napoli 3||ITA1|
|5 May 2013||Lazio 6 - Bologna 0||ITA1|
|27 Apr 2013||Atalanta 1 - Bologna 1||ITA1|
|Returns:||Bologna £100.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Draw £35.00||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|Returns:||Juventus £45.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|9||Marco Di Vaio||Striker|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|7||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|
|Marco Di Vaio|
The veteran striker has been in great form for the hosts this season, with the former Juventus striker bagging six league goals to ensure that he is again the Rossoblu's top scorer, and, after netting in the recent draw with Roma, he will be raring to go for the visit of his former employers.
The former Cagliari striker has been the Bianconeri's main attacking threat this season and is currently the club's leading goalscorer, with nine Serie A strikes so far this term. After netting two in his last two appearances, he will be hoping that his impressive strike rate continues on Sunday evening.
Juventus are still unbeaten this season and that, coupled with the superior quality at Antonio Conte's disposal, suggests that a victory for the visitors seems the likeliest option.
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