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Serie A

  • 2 March 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 75589

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Tevez and Llorente can therefore expect to be fresh and ready, along with influential midfielder Paul Pogba, who was withdrawn in the first half on Thursday once Juventus had effectively confirmed their progression to the last-16.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