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  • 2 March 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 75589
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Draw 3.40 3.40 3.10 3.30
Juventus 2.10 2.05 2.10 2.10
AC Milan-Juventus Preview: Balotelli doubtful as Seedorf faces biggest test yet

AC Milan-Juventus Preview: Balotelli doubtful as Seedorf faces biggest test yet

The attacker trained away from the rest of the team on Friday, while the Dutchman faces his toughest assignment yet as Rossoneri coach

AC Milan face a stern test to maintain their mini-revival under Clarence Seedorf on Sunday when Serie A leaders Juventus visit San Siro.

Under the stewardship of the Dutchman, the Rossoneri have played six league matches, winning four and losing just once in a 3-1 reverse at Napoli.

Despite the upturn in fortunes, a massive 31-point gap separates Milan, who have endured a disappointing campaign on the whole and sit ninth, from the Bianconeri.

In what has traditionally been a match that has helped determine the destination of the Serie A title, Juve will start as strong favourites having not been beaten in the league since October, a run that spans 17 matches.

Milan have serious doubts over the fitness of striker Mario Balotelli, who picked up a shoulder injury in the recent Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid.

The Italy international trained separately from the rest of the squad on Friday. Stephan El Shaarawy is still absent, as well as goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.

Juve are without influential midfielder Arturo Vidal who will sit out the match through suspension. Defender Giorgio Chiellini is also likely to miss the clash as is wide player Kwadwo Asamoah.

They are, however, able to call on one of the league's deadliest partnerships in the form of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

The duo have claimed 24 league goals between them this season and were rested for Juventus' midweek 2-0 victory at Trabzonspor in the Europa League.

Tevez and Llorente can therefore expect to be fresh and ready, along with influential midfielder Paul Pogba, who was withdrawn in the first half on Thursday once Juventus had effectively confirmed their progression to the last-16.

Pablo Osvaldo is another forward option for Conte, with the on-loan Southampton man having bagged his second goal for the club against Trabzonspor.

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32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
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2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
8Riccardo SaponaraMidfielder
10Keisuke HondaStriker
9Valter BirsaMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
-RobinhoStriker
-Andrea PetagnaStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
14Fernando Llorente Striker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
34RubinhoGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
5Angelo OgbonnaDefender
-Federico PelusoDefender
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
18Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker

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