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  • 10 March 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
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Juventus-Catania Preview: The Bianconeri closing in on second successive Scudetto

Juventus-Catania Preview: The Bianconeri closing in on second successive Scudetto

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Antonio Conte's men are firmly in control of Serie A having secured a precious point at Napoli last week, and will be targeting three points when the Sicilians come to town

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

JUVENTUS

Buffon
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'steiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Vucinic, Giovinco
CATANIA

Andujar
Bellusci, Spolli, Rolin,
Alvarez, Izco, Lodi, Almiron, Marchese
Castro, Gomez

Juventus return to domestic league action against Catania after booking their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League following a comfortable 2-0 victory (5-0 agg) over Celtic.

The Bianconeri will be able to field a pretty much full-strength team against the Sicilians with the exception of Arturo Vidal, who is suspended following his booking last week against Napoli, meaning Paul Pogba will continue in midfield.

Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco are likely to return the starting XI, even though Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri played against the Hoops.

However, Conte will be without Martin Caceres, Paolo De Ceglie, Nicolas Anelka, Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner.

Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, De Ceglie and Matri are one booking away from a suspension.

Meanwhile, for the visitors, Rolando Maran takes his eight-placed side to Juventus Stadium on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Inter. 

Defender Ciro Capuano, midfielder Pablo Barrientos and striker Gonzalo Bergessio are unavailable. Centre-back Nicola Legrottaglie is suspended.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus have only been beaten at home twice in 14 league encounters this season. Inter and Sampdoria are the two sides to take full points off them.
  • The Bianconeri have lost one of the last 20 games against the Sicilians, in Turin in December 2009. Mariano Izco (pictured, right) scored the winner in a 2-1 victory.
  • Antonio Conte's men are undefeated in their last seven matches against the visitors.
  • Catania, who are in contention for a European spot, have a very strong home record but they have recorded just three times on the road.
  • Gonzalo Bergessio, who is the club's top scorer in Serie A this season with eight goals, has been ruled out of the clash. Alejandro Gomez (5) will have the goalscoring burden on him.
  • The Sicilians were beaten 1-0 the last time these two sides met, but the match was not without its controversy, with Catania aggrieved to have a legitimate goal ruled out for offside. Arturo Vidal went on to secure the three points from the penalty spot.

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19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
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