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  • 21 April 2013
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  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
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Juventus-Milan Preview: Balotelli missing for visitors

Juventus-Milan Preview: Balotelli missing for visitors

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The Bianconeri know a win on Sunday would edge them closer to grabbing their second consecutive title but the visitors are also desperate to close the gap on second-placed Napoli

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


JUVENTUS


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


AC MILAN

Abbiati
 De Sciglio, Zapata, Mexes, Constant
Ambrosini, Montolivo, Muntari
Niang, Pazzini, El Shaarawy



Mario Balotelli is suspended for the visitors, despite seeing his three-match ban reduced on appeal. The Italy international picked up an automatic one-match ban against Fiorentina in the 2-2 draw at the Artemio Franchi, though this was initially increased to three games following his verbal abuse of the match officials.

Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini turned from hero to zero after he put his side in front against Napoli only to see himself sent off for a reckless lunge on Juan Zuniga. The 29-year-old is suspended for this match, while Nigel de Jong is the only injury concern for the visitors.

Nicolas Anelka's Juventus nightmare continues with the striker having only featured in 35 minutes of action for the Serie A league leaders since joining in January and the 34-year-old will be sidelined for this clash with a calf muscle injury.

Bianconeri striker Sebastian Giovinco is also ruled out while Simone Pepe is the other absentee for the hosts. There are no suspension concerns for coach Antonio Conte.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus have recorded five straight victories in Serie A.
  • The Bianconeri lost the last league meeting between the sides 1-0 after Robinho converted for Milan from the penalty spot.
  • Juventus last beat the Rossoneri in Serie A back in October 2011 where two late Claudio Marchisio goals (pictured, right) earned the Old Lady the three points.
  • A resurgent AC Milan have turned their season around. A team that look destined to finish mid-table before Christmas have gone their last 14 games unbeaten.
  • The club's top goalscorer Stephan El Shaarawy has 16 goals in Italy's top flight but has only found the net twice in his last 14 league games.
  • Milan's away form in Serie A reads W6, D7, L3 and they are undefeated in their last seven fixtures away from San Siro.

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1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
34RubinhoGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
-Federico PelusoDefender
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
-Davide NarduzzoGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
78M'Baye NiangStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
Players to Watch
Claudio Marchisio
Claudio Marchisio
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
29 4 5 0
Relished his role in behind Mirko Vucinic against Lazio on Monday as Conte tried a 3-5-1-1 formation. Linked up with great effect with the Montenegrin and made life difficult for the Biancocelesti. Difficult to pin down in the free role he had and Milan will have to pay particularly close attention to his runs into the box.
Stephan El Shaarawy
Stephan El Shaarawy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 92
Games Goals YC RC
6 0 1 0
The 20-year-old's game has no doubt been affected by the arrival of Mario Balotelli to the squad. His chronic lack of form has coincided with the emergence of the Italy international but he has the opportunity to showcase his burgeoning talent with the former Manchester City man suspended, and it would not be surprising if he took his chance.
Prediction
There may be a 15-point gap between the teams before kick-off but it would be foolish to think this will be anything other than a tightly-contested encounter between two giants of Italian football. It has the makings of an enthralling clash with two teams in fine form. Milan may suffer from Balotelli's absence, while the midfield battle could be key to the outcome of this match but Juve are a difficult side to break down and may just have the edge in this one.
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