Serie A Preview: Catania - Juventus
Antonio Conte's side will be looking to get back on the three-point bandwagon against a Catania outfit who have made a stuttering start to the Serie A season
Alvarez, Bellusci, Spolli, Capuano
Sciacca, Lodi, Ricchiuti
Gomez, Maxi Lopez, Lanzafame
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Krasic, Marchisio, Pirlo, Elia
The alterations begin in defence, as right-back Alessandro Potenza looks likely to be dropped in favour of Pablo Alvarez. Furthermore, Adrian Ricchiuti should be preferred to Pablo Ledesma and in attack, Gonzalo Bergessio is set to be replaced by Davide Lanzafame, a youth product of the visiting team. However, there is still no sign of injury-hit pair Nicola Legrottaglie or Cristian Llama returning to the fold.
Meanwhile for Juventus, Antonio Conte will also act in similar vein to his Sicilian counterpart Montella and make a few changes to his set-up too, after a disappointing share of the spoils against Bologna, where Mirko Vucinic was both hero and villain for his goal and sending-off.
Fans of the Old Lady will be pleased to see Eljero Elia regain full fitness during the past week, and as a result, he looks ready to be thrusted into his team's midfield, replacing Simone Pepe on the left. In addition, a new strikeforce is being prepared, with Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella set to form the visitor's attack, as Vucinic is suspended and Alessandro Del Piero is being heavily tipped to begin on the bench.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Catania have won only one of their last 15 meetings against Juventus in Serie A, with just two points in their previous six.
- Marco Giampaolo's men have scored more than two goals against Juventus just once in the league; a 3-1 win in September 1964.
- They have conceded at home in the last four league games.
- In addition, Catania's last eight goals have all been scored by Argentines.
- Meanwhile for Juventus, their 100 per cent has record ended after drawing 1-1 with Bologna on Wednesday.
- The Old Lady have suffered just one defeat in their past 13 league games; a loss to Parma in May.
- Andrea Pirlo has already assisted three goals in this campaign, the joint-most so far in Serie A.
- Interesting, Juventus have had different goalscorers in each of their six league strikes.
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Top 3 Predictions
Catania 0-2 Juventus
- 33.7 %
Catania 0-3 Juventus
- 20.03 %
Catania 1-2 Juventus
- 11.6 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||31-Oct-2013||Juventus 4 - Catania 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||10-Mar-2013||Juventus 1 - Catania 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||28-Oct-2012||Catania 0 - Juventus 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||19-Feb-2012||Juventus 3 - Catania 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||25-Sep-2011||Catania 1 - Juventus 1|
|08-Dec-2013||Sampdoria 2 - Catania 0||SR-A|
|01-Dec-2013||Catania 1 - Milan 3||SR-A|
|24-Nov-2013||Torino 4 - Catania 1||SR-A|
|09-Nov-2013||Catania 1 - Udinese 0||SR-A|
|03-Nov-2013||Napoli 2 - Catania 1||SR-A|
|-||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|
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