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  • 21 December 2011
  • • 22:30
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 28588
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Serie A Preview: Udinese v Juventus

Serie A Preview: Udinese v Juventus

The Old Lady can make it a resounding 16 games unbeaten in the league if they avoid defeat to Francesco Guidolin's Zebrette outfit, who have a 100 per cent record at home


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

UDINESE


Handanovic
Ferronetti, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Isla, Pinzi, Asamoah, Armero
Abdi
Di Natale

JUVENTUS

Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Giaccherini
 

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin will be glad to have a virtually full-strength squad at his disposal, bar Mehdi Benatia, who is suspended for the encounter at the Friuli on Wednesday, and the peripheral trio of Paulo Barreto, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Andrea Coda, all of whom are doubtful.

However, the former Palermo boss is expected to make four changes to the XI that picked up a 2-2 draw at Lazio on Sunday, as Benatia, Giovanni Pasquale, Gabriel Torje and goalscorer Antonio Floro Flores are to be replaced by Maurizio Domizzi, Pablo Armero, Almen Abdi and Antonio Di Natale.

Meanwhile for Juventus, Antonio Conte is expected to revert back to his tried-and-trusted 4-3-3 that has been regularly deployed of late, and be forced to make do without forward Mirko Vucinic once more.

As a result, the personnel alterations should see Leonardo Bonucci, Arturo Vidal and Alessandro Matri come in for Paolo De Ceglie, Alessandro Del Piero and Fabio Quagliarella, who despite his goal against Novara, must settle for a place on the substitutes bench.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Udinese are unbeaten in four games, winning three times and drawing once.
  • They are also the only Serie A team with a 100 per cent record on home soil this season.
  • In the seven games played at the Friuli thus far, Francesco Guidolin's side have conceded just twice.
  • Juventus are the only Serie A side still unbeaten this campaign, with nine wins and six draws.
  • The Old Lady have drawn their last two away fixtures, while drawing four of the last six games away from Turin.
  • Both Udinese and Juventus have kept the most clean sheets in Serie A this season, with tallies of seven and nine respectively.


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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Udinese

Juventus

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Udinese Calcio UDI
Udinese Calcio Udinese
Draw
Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
16%
72%

Top 3 Predictions

Udinese Calcio UDI
1 - 2
Juventus FC JUV
Udinese Calcio UDI
0 - 2
Juventus FC JUV
Udinese Calcio UDI
1 - 3
Juventus FC JUV

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