Bologna-Juventus Preview: In-form Rossoblu looking to upset odds against Bianconeri
The hosts have came into form at the right time of the season with three wins on the bounce ensuring they avoid the relegation battle, while the visitors continue to march on
By Craig Turnbull
Garics, Antonsson, Cherubin, Morleo
Kone, Diamanti, Gabbiadini
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'stiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Juventus can play their strongest side against Bologna on Saturday and will be buoyed by the return of midfielder Arturo Vidal who was suspended for last week's 1-0 win over Catania.
He is likely to replace Paul Pogba, who scored a last-minute winner against the Rossoblu back in October, and received a call up to the France squad for the double-header against Georgia and Spain.
Antonio Conte, however, has Martin Caceres, Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner unavailable, though none of them would have been likely to make the starting XI had they been fit.
Sebastian Giovinvo, whose agent recently declared his client was content at Juventus Stadium despite rumours of an exit in the summer, is expected to continue alongside Mirko Vucinic, however, Alessandro Matri could also be in contention to partner the Montenegrin.
Meanwhile for the hosts, Stefano Pioli will be forced into making one change as defender Frederik Sorensen has been ruled out of the encounter after the injury he suffered against Inter last week. Nicolo Cherubin is likely to deputise in his absence as he is preferred to Naldo.
It is a special game for Bologna's Manolo Gabbiadini as the 21-year-old, who has netted five times this season in Serie A, will be desperate to impress against the Old Lady - his parent club.
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- Bologna are on a promising run just now having seen off Inter 1-0 last weekend to record their third victory in a row.
- The Rossoblu have just won one match in their last 25 against the Old Lady (in all competitions), and that came back in February 2011 when Marco Di Vaio (pictured, right) grabbed a double to give them a 2-0 victory.
- Stefano Pioli's men have only been beaten three times at home this season: Parma, Milan and Inter have taken maximum points away from the Dall'Ara.
- Juventus have recorded the two wins in their last five matches away from home in Serie A.
- The Bianconeri are 10 league games unbeaten as the visitors. The last time Bologna won at home against the Old Lady was in 1998 - a 3-0 success that day.
- The last two league games at Dall'Ara have ended in draws.
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Top 3 Predictions
Bologna 0-2 Juventus
- 32.32 %
Bologna 0-3 Juventus
- 15.05 %
Bologna 1-3 Juventus
- 10.68 %
|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|
|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|
|21 Apr 2013||Bologna 1 - Sampdoria 1||ITA1|
|Returns:||Bologna £3510.00||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|Returns:||Draw £560.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Juventus £17.00||Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
When this talented No.10 is on song, the Rossoblu always have a chance. Scored a wonder goal against Cagliari a couple of weeks back demonstrating his excellent ability with his left foot as he curled one in from way out on the far right. A bit temperamental and could hardly be compared to Vidal's effort and work rate but has as much flair and vision as any of the leading Serie A stars and could be the key to unlocking a tight Bianconeri defence.
The midfield 'warrior' is back and could be the difference between the two sides this weekend. The Chilean has an energy, a drive, a determination which helps to inspire those around him. If he is not spraying passes about, making clever runs or finding pockets of space to create chances in, then, without the ball, he is just as impressive, constantly hussling and harriing the opposition into making a mistake. His boundless enthusiasm can drive Juventus forward to victory on Saturday.
This has the makings of a very tight encounter. The hosts by their own admission are on a great run of form having recorded three straight victories including the scalp of Inter, while Juventus continue to grind out results while others below them drop points. The Bianconeri have a good record against the Rossoblu but there have been a few draws in there, too and this could be another one on Saturday.
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed