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  • 2 May 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: P. Valeri
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Juventus - Lecce Preview: Bianconeri look to continue Serie A title march against desperate visitors

Juventus - Lecce Preview: Bianconeri look to continue Serie A title march against desperate visitors

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The Bianconeri will look to stay at least three points ahead of AC Milan in the Scudetto race as they welcome the relegation-threatened southern side to Turin

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

JUVENTUS

Buffon
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'steiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie
Quagliarella, Vucinic

LECCE

Benassi
Oddo, Miglionico, Tomovic
Blasi, Delvecchio
Cuadrado, Giacomazzi, Brivio
Muriel, Di Michele
In-form Juventus will attempt to continue their impressive run of victories against Lecce as they close in on the Serie A title.

Coach Antonio Conte looks set to continue with a 3-5-2 formation, but Simone Pepe's persistent ankle problem could see Paolo De Ceglie come back into the starting XI on the left side of the midfield quintet with Stephan Lichtsteiner lining up on the opposite flank ahead of Emanuele Giaccherini and Martin Caceres.

Striker Alessandro Matri returns from suspension, but Fabio Quagliarella, who signed a new contract until 2015 on Monday, is set to join Mirko Vucinic in attack.

Turning to the relegation-threatened visitors, defender Andrea Esposito is suspended alongside coach Serse Cosmi, who will not be on the bench after verbal abuse to the referee during the 2-1 loss to Parma.

Influential winger Juan Cuadrado is expected to be back in the starting XI after serving a ban, with the speedy Luis Muriel partnering veteran David Di Michele in attack.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus have won their last eight Serie A games, only conceding one goal during that entire span of matches.
  • After not scoring in his first nine appearances for the Bianconeri, Marco Borriello has two goals in his last two games, striking versus Cesena and Novara.
  • Conte's side earned a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture on January 8th with Alessandro Matri bagging the winner at the Stadio Via del Mare.
  • Lecce are currently just inside the relegation zone sitting in 18th place, one point behind Genoa.
  • Cosmi's men have five away victories this season, the most of any team in the bottom half of the Serie A table.
  • Lecce have only managed one win, one draw, and eight losses in the previous 10 times they have played the Bianconeri in all competitions.

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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
81Massimiliano BenassiGoalkeeper
-Leonardo Martin MiglionicoDefender
-Davide BrivioDefender
40Nenad TomovicDefender
-Moris CarrozzieriDefender
11Juan CuadradoMidfielder
-Christian ObodoMidfielder
-Manuele BlasiMidfielder
-Gennaro DelvecchioMidfielder
-Haris SeferovicStriker
-David Di MicheleStriker
25Davide PetrachiGoalkeeper
-Luca Di MatteoMidfielder
-Manuel GiandonatoMidfielder
29G. GiacomazziMidfielder
91Andrea BertolacciMidfielder
29Valeri BojinovStriker
9MurielStriker
Players to Watch
Claudio Marchisio
Claudio Marchisio
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
The willingness to get forward of Cuadrado could cause some problems, so the Italy international midfielder will not only have to get forward to help out the attack, but also stay attentive regarding his defensive duties and track back diligently to help out Paolo De Ceglie.
Muriel
Muriel
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Whenever Lecce have come up with a moment of brilliance this season, Muriel has typically been at the heart of it. The 21-year-old's performances have caught the eye and the hosts should be wary of threat he poses when he is allowed the run into space as he can punish any lapses in concentration in an instant due to his electric pace and sense for the unexpected.
Prediction
Juventus seem to be at their very best in the closing stages of the season and anything other than a win against Lecce, despite the visitors' desperation to pick up points in their fight against relegation, would be a shock.
Editor's Prediction
Lecce 0

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