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Serie A

  • 9 February 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 38000

Juventus - Fiorentina Preview: Bianconeri embark on big week

Juventus - Fiorentina Preview: Bianconeri embark on big week

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With the Serie A leaders set to continue their Champions League campaign on Tuesday, three points would be the perfect tonic to kick-start four crucial days


Barzagli, Marrone, Caceres
Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, De Ceglie
Vucinic, Matri


Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Savic
Cuadrado, Romulo, Pizarro, Valero, Pasqual
Jovetic, Toni

Juventus displayed their battling qualities at just the right time last Saturday, as they defeated Chievo 2-1 and they will need much more of the same over the course of the next seven days.

With the Bianconeri resuming Champions League duties with a last 16 clash against Celtic on Tuesday, Fiorentina are a domestic obstacle they must first overcome. 

Viola and head coach Vincenzo Montella have received plaudits for their season so far, with the club in sixth spot on 39 points going into the weekend, but Juve will still be confident of seeing off the Florence outfit and maintaining their three-point advantage at the top of the table.

Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner are all absent through injury, while Leonardo Bonucci serves the final game of a two-match ban.

Fiorentina will be without Matias Fernandez, Michele Camporese, Giuseppe Rossi and Ahmed Hegazy, as they look to build on a solid 2-0 victory over Parma in their last outing.

  • Juventus are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 matches in Serie A.
  • The Bianconeri are also unbeaten in their last nine games against Fiorentina in all competitions.
  • The last clash between the two sides ended in a drab 0-0 draw in Florence back in September.
  • Juve have won three, drawn two and lost one of their last five league games.
  • Viola possess the highest scorer of any player in both sides, with Stevan Jovetic finding the back of the net nine times this season.
  • On average, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in Fiorentina's last six away games in Serie A.
  • Midfielder Borja Valero has eight assists to his name from midfield. Arturo Vidal has set up six of his side's goals this season.


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Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
-Federico PelusoDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
-Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
2Gonzalo RodríguezDefender
-Facundo RoncagliaDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
23Manuel PasqualDefender
7David PizarroMidfielder
11Juan CuadradoMidfielder
20Borja ValeroMidfielder
-Rômulo Midfielder
35Stevan JoveticStriker
9Luca ToniStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
1Neto Goalkeeper
5Marvin CompperDefender
40Nenad TomovicDefender
-Cristian LlamaMidfielder
-Rafal WolskiMidfielder
-Leonardo CapezziMidfielder
-Federico BernardeschiMidfielder
9Mounir El HamdaouiStriker
16Marcelo LarrondoStriker
8Adem LjajicStriker
Players to Watch
Alessandro Matri
Alessandro Matri
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
It has been a long time coming in a Juventus shirt, but the 24-year-old at last looked the real deal in the 2-1 win over Chievo, scoring a sublime volley to open the scoring. Perhaps the arrival of Nicolas Anelka has at last sparked life into a striker who has frustrated so often.
Stevan Jovetic
Stevan Jovetic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 35
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
At 23-years-old the Montenegro forward remains one of the hottest prospects in European football and his performances in Serie A continue to draw admiring glances from far and wide. Nine goals in 18 Serie A appearances is the mark of a top player and makes him Fiorentina's biggest threat.
The prospect of a Champions League clash with Celtic looms large on the horizon for Juventus and that could see several players take their eye off the ball. Fiorentina have impressed so far this season and will blow the Serie A title race wide open with a battling point.
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