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  • 11 May 2013
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Juventus-Cagliari Preview: Bianconeri seeking 10th consecutive league victory

Juventus-Cagliari Preview: Bianconeri seeking 10th consecutive league victory

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Antonio Conte is determined to win both remaining games of the season in order to beat the Old Lady's record points tally of 91, set by Fabio Capello's side in 2006


Antonio Conte will be without suspended midfield duo Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba for Juventus' final home clash of the season against Cagliari on Saturday.

Andrea Barzagli is available for selection after serving a one-match suspension which kept him out of the 1-0 victory away at Atalanta while Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio, Gianluigi Buffon and Arturo Vidal should all return to the fold after being rested.

Alessandro Matri is expected to keep his place up front after scoring in midweek and the former Cagliari striker could be partnered with Sebastian Giovinco, although Nicolas Anelka and Nicklas Bendtner are also pushing for starts.

As for Cagliari, Mauricio Pinilla returns after his initial three-game ban was reduced to two matches and Albin Ekdal could start against his former employers.

However, the game comes too soon for Francesco Pisano and Matias Cabrera who remain sidelined through injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Juventus have won their last five Serie A matches without conceding a single goal. 
  • Cagliari have only scored in three of their last eight league matches. 
  • In the reverse fixture back in September, the Old Lady emerged 3-1 victors with a late double from Alessandro Matri and a goal from Mirko Vucinic, after Mauricio Pinilla (pictured, right) had given the Sardinians a first-half lead.
  • Saturday's showdown will be the 66th time that the two sides have met in Serie A. Juventus have won on 30 occasions, losing 11 matches and drawing 24 times. 
  • Alessandro Matri scored 38 goals in 131 appearances for the Rossoblu before his €15.5 million transfer to Juventus in 2011.
  • Marco Sau is Cagliari's leading Serie A marksman with twelve goals. Arturo Vidal's recent goalscoring spree has propelled him to the top of the Bianconeri's standings with ten.

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30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
34RubinhoGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
-Federico PelusoDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
-Davide AstoriDefender
15Luca RossettiniDefender
-Gabriele PericoDefender
29Nicola MurruDefender
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
23Víctor IbarboStriker
51Mauricio PinillaStriker
35Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
-Riccardo AneddaGoalkeeper
-Dario Del FabroDefender
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
16Sebastian ErikssonMidfielder
8Danilo AvelarDefender
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
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-Federico CasariniMidfielder
9Marco SauStriker

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