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  • March 3, 2012
  • • 20:45
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
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Juventus - Chievo Preview: Hosts hoping to go back on top of Serie A with three points against Flying Donkeys

Juventus - Chievo Preview: Hosts hoping to go back on top of Serie A with three points against Flying Donkeys

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The Bianconeri could return to the summit of the league standings if they win and Milan slip up in Sicily on Saturday


PROBABLE LINEUPS

JUVENTUS


Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Giaccherini, Pirlo, Marchisio
Quagliarella, Matri, Vucinic


CHIEVO


Sorrentino
Sardo, Andreolli, Acerbi, Drame
Bradley, Rigoni, Hetemaj
Thereau, Cruzado
Palsochi

Coming off earning a crucial point against title rivals AC Milan courtesy of Alessandro Matri's late strike at San Siro, Antonio Conte's side will hope to put even more pressure on the leaders this Sunday as they still have a game in hand despite being one point behind.

However, with midfielder Arturo Vidal suspended after picking up a late red card versus Milan and Pepe also banned, Juve are likely to drop their 3-5-2 experiment and utilise a 4-3-3 with the previously mentioned goalscorer Matri back in the starting XI at the expense of Marco Borriello.

Former Cesena star Emaneule Giaccherini will return to the midfield alongside Italy internationals Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio while Martin Caceres and Stephan Lichtsteiner will battle it out for a spot at right-back.

After a couple wins on the trot, Chievo sit in midtable and are nine points above the relegation zone, but veteran striker Sergio Pellissier is suspended so Italy Under-21 international Alberto Paloschi will likely have to toil on his own in attack.

Furthermore, coach Domenico Di Carlo will also be without Nikola Gulan. A serious muscle injury to the young Serbian midfielder is expected to keep the player on loan from Fiorentina out for the next few weeks.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus are the only remaining team with an unbeaten record in Italy's top flight during the 2011-12 campaign (W13 D11 L0).
  • The Bianconeri drew Chievo 0-0 earlier this season in Serie A at the Stadio Bentegodi.
  • Mirko Vucinic has not scored for Juventus since a 1-1 draw with Cagliari on January 15.
  • Chievo have scored just 21 goals this season in Serie A, and only Cesena have scored fewer.
  • The Flying Donkeys have won three of their last five Serie A matches.
  • Chievo have not lost to Juventus in their past four meetings, last winning 1-0 in January 2010 after a goal from Gennaro Sardo and drawing the following three encounters.

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1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
11Eljero EliaMidfielder
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
6Marco AndreolliDefender
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
-Boukary DraméDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
7Paolo SammarcoMidfielder
-LucianoMidfielder
-Luca RigoniMidfielder
43Alberto PaloschiStriker
-Cyril ThereauStriker
1Christian PuggioniGoalkeeper
12Bostjan CesarDefender
3Dario DainelliDefender
17Gennaro SardoDefender
18R. CruzadoMidfielder
56Perparim HetemajMidfielder
25Kamil VacekMidfielder
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