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Serie A

  • 26 March 2012
  • • 00:15
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 40102

Juventus - Inter Preview: Derby d'Italia offers Ranieri the chance to derail Bianconeri's title bid

Juventus - Inter Preview: Derby d'Italia offers Ranieri the chance to derail Bianconeri's title bid

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The 60-year-old Nerazzurri boss could earn a measure of revenge by throwing his former employers off track in their Scudetto challenge with a win on Sunday



Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Vucinic

Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Poli, Stankovic, Obi
Milito, Forlan

Coming off two extremely positive results, a 5-0 victory over Fiorentina and an extra-time 2-2 draw with AC Milan that sent them through to the final of the Coppa Italia, Juventus coach Conte will be hoping to make it a treble of successes by heaping more misery on struggling Derby d'Italia rivals Inter.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be back between the posts after sitting out the Coppa Italia midweek clash while in defence, Martin Caceres will step in at right-back for the suspended Stephan Lichtsteiner. Despite the fact that centre-back Andrea Barzagli has recovered from a calf injury, the former Palermo man is likely to start on the bench.

Italy international Andrea Pirlo will take on his former side and the in-form Mirko Vucinic will play wide on the left with Simone Pepe on the opposite flank in support of top-scorer Alessandro Matri, who last found the back of the net in the 1-1 draw on with AC Milan on February 25.

Meanwhile, a result against Inter's bitter rivals and his ex-employers may boost the morale of boss Claudio Ranieri and the Nerazzurri camp, but the former Chelsea trainer is likely to be without star midfielder Wesley Sneijder due to a groin problem, while Argentine Ricky Alvarez remains sidelined as well.

Youngster Andrea Poli, who has impressed in recent outings, looks likely to pip Esteban Cambiasso to a spot in the centre of the pitch alongside veteran Dejan Stankovic. Midfielder Fredy Guarin is set for his first call-up to the match squad since his winter move on loan from Porto and may feature as a substitute.

  • Juventus have not lost to Inter in their past three competitive matches, last suffering a 2-0 defeat in April 2010.
  • The hosts remain the lone unbeaten team in Serie A and have only conceded nine goals at home this season.
  • Juventus had drawn four Serie A matches in a row before defeating Fiorentina 5-0 last weekend.
  • Inter have not won in Turin against the Old Lady since January 2008, beating them 3-2 in the Coppa Italia with two goals from Mario Balotelli.
  • Milito has not scored against the Bianconeri in a competitive fixture since joining Inter in 2009.
  • Ranieri coached Juventus for nearly two years from June 2007 to May 2009, before he was sacked.


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1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
4Martín CáceresDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
7Simone PepeMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
88Marco BorrielloStriker
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
20J. ObiMidfielder
10Diego ForlánStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
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