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  • 22 October 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: A. Romeo
  • • Attendance: 24000
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Juventus - Genoa Preview: Home side aiming to make it eight consecutive games without defeat

Juventus - Genoa Preview: Home side aiming to make it eight consecutive games without defeat

The Old Lady will look to put their recent stuttering form well and truly behind them with a convincing performance against Alberto Malesani's side


PROBABLE LINEUPS

JUVENTUS

Storari
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Pepe, Pirlo, Marchisio, Estigarribia
Vucinic, Matri



GENOA


Frey
Mesto, Dainelli, Moretti, Antonelli
Kucka, Veloso, Rossi
Merkel
Palacio, Jorquera

Juventus have been dealt late injury blows to key performers Gianluigi Buffon and Arturo Vidal, allowing Marco Storari and Claudio Marchisio to come into the fold.

Buffon suffered a bruised shoulder during training on Thursday, paving the way for former AC Milan shot-stopper Storari to line up between the sticks. Their summer recruit Vidal, on the other hand, is still recovering from a thigh injury incurred in Wednesday's session.

Other changes are also seen on the flanks, as Milos Krasic and Eljero Elia have been dropped from the side, amid reports that coach Antonio Conte is unhappy with their form. Therefore, Simone Pepe and Marcelo Estigarribia are likely to be handed the responsibility of providing width.

Meanwhile, Genoa have also opted to make alterations from the team that drew 0-0 with Lecce in last weekend's drab affair. Emiliano Moretti is expected to replace the suspended Kakha Kaladze in central defence, while Marco Rossi should make way for the incoming Giandomenico Mesto at right-back.

Elsewhere, Valter Birsa will be sacrificed for Rossi, who moves from defence into midfield, and Cristiano Jorquera should replace Andrea Caracciolo in attack.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus have beat Genoa six times, with the visitors winning just once since their return to Serie A in 2007.
  • Impressively, the Old Lady have scored in each of their last 16 meetings with the Grifoni.
  • Juventus have failed to score at home just four times since March 2008, but interestingly every time they haven't found the net, they have lost.
  • In addition, they are unbeaten in their past seven games and have lost just once in their last 16.
  • Meanwhile, Genoa have beaten Juventus away from home just twice in 44 fixtures, and have suffered 53 defeats against Juventus on 88 occasions; their worst record against any Serie A team.
  • Alberto Malesani's side have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine away games, losing seven on the road.
  • Rodrigo Palacio has been involved in eight of his Genoa's nine total goals this season, scoring five and assisting three.
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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Juventus

Genoa

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
Draw
Genoa CFC GEN
Genoa CFC Genoa
95%

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Juventus FC JUV
2 - 0
Genoa CFC GEN
Juventus FC JUV
3 - 0
Genoa CFC GEN
Juventus FC JUV
3 - 1
Genoa CFC GEN

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