Juventus-Pescara Preview: Bianconeri to bounce back from Bayern defeat
The Old Lady were far from their best against the Bundesliga leaders in the Champions League quarter-final first leg and will be aiming to rectify this versus the basement boys
By Craig Turnbull
Bonucci, Marrone, Peluso
Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah
Zauri, Kroldrup, Bianchi, Bocchetti
Bjarnason, D'Agostino, Cascione
Juventus will be hoping to put behind them their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final first leg match at the Allianz Arena.
The Bianconeri will have to do so without key defenders Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini as both serve suspensions for the clash against bottom of the table Pescara.
They may also rest the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, who has suffered some criticism lately, Claudio Marchisio and Fabio Quagliarella could drop to the bench, giving Paul Pogba and Mirko Vucinc a chance to stake their claim, although reports in the Italian media suggest Nicolas Anelka could be in line for his first start for the Old Lady. Lichtsteiner and Vidal likely to start because they're suspended for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final clash.
Simone Padoin, Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Matri and Paolo De Ceglie are all a booking away from missing the next match.
The visitors are without defenders Antonio Balzano and Uros Cosic, attacking midfielder Vladimir Weiss and striker Ante Vukusic through injury. Mervan Celik is suspended.
Colombian starlet Juan Quintero is walking a discplinary tightrope as his next caution will result in a ban.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus' previous meeting with Pescara earlier this season ended in a thumping 6-1 victory for Antonio Conte's men, who were 5-1 up at half-time. Fabio Quagliarella, Juve's top scorer, (pictured, right) netted a hat-trick.
- The Bianconeri have conceded just two goals in their last five games and sit nine points clear at the top of Serie A.
- The Old Lady have just lost once in their last seven encounters against Pescara, however, this was a 5-1 defeat back in 1993. They have never been beaten at home to the Delfini.
- Pescara are rooted to the bottom of the table and have lost 10 of their last 11 games in Serie A, scoring just four goals.
- Their last league win was a 2-0 triumph over Fiorentina on January 6.
- Pescara have still to play Roma, Napoli, Milan and Fiorentina before the season's end as well as six-pointers against Siena and Genoa.
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Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Pescara
- 23.59 %
Juventus 4-0 Pescara
- 16.45 %
Juventus 2-0 Pescara
- 12.66 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||6 Apr 2013||Juventus 2 - Pescara 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||10 Nov 2012||Pescara 1 - Juventus 6|
|Italy - Serie B (ITA2)||31 Mar 2007||Pescara 0 - Juventus 1|
|Italy - Serie B (ITA2)||11 Nov 2006||Juventus 2 - Pescara 0|
|14 Apr 2014||Udinese 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|10 Apr 2014||Juventus 2 - Olympique Lyonnais 1||EL|
|7 Apr 2014||Juventus 2 - Livorno 0||SR-A|
|3 Apr 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 0 - Juventus 1||EL|
|30 Mar 2014||Napoli 2 - Juventus 0||SR-A|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|-||Per Billeskov Kroldrup||Defender|
|14||Eugenio Romolo Togni||Midfielder|
|-||Nicolás Bianchi Arce||Defender|
|-||Federico Di Francesco||Midfielder|
The young Frenchman will get his opportunity to shine on Saturday and when Antonio Conte has given him that chance he usually takes it. The 20-year-old has been receiving the plaudits from most who watch him, with his long rangy strides helping him, not only to stand out, but to bypass players as if they're not even there. Very talented with the ball at his feet as well as a powerful presence in the air; Pogba has all the makings of becoming a world-class player.
In recent games the shot-stopper has been preferred to youngster Mattia Perrin in goal as new coach Christian Bucchi opts for more experience between the sticks, and he will certainly have his work cut out against the league leaders. Pescara look destined for Serie B and it will be up to this man to keep the score down on Saturday.
Juventus will be hurting from their poor display against Bayern and they could not have picked a better team on whom to take out their frustration than basement boys Pescara. The Delfini, devoid of any confidence, have not won in their last 11 games and suffered a 3-0 defeat to Parma last week. It's not case of whether Juve will win or not, it's a case of how many.
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