Serie A Preview: Juventus-Catania
Antonio Conte's men are firmly in control of Serie A having secured a precious point at Napoli last week, and will be targeting three points when the Sicilians come to town.
By Craig Turnbull
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'steiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Bellusci, Spolli, Rolin,
Alvarez, Izco, Lodi, Almiron, Marchese
Juventus returns to domestic league action against Catania after booking its place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League following a comfortable 2-0 victory (5-0 on aggregate) over Celtic.
The Bianconeri will be able to field a pretty much full-strength team against the Sicilians with the exception of Arturo Vidal, who is suspended following his booking last week against Napoli, meaning Paul Pogba will continue in midfield.
Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco are likely to return the starting XI, even though Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri played against the Hoops. However, Conte will be without Martin Caceres, Paolo De Ceglie, Nicolas Anelka, Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner.
Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, De Ceglie and Matri are one booking away from a suspension.
Meanwhile, for the visitors, Rolando Maran takes his eighth-placed side to Juventus Stadium on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Inter. Defender Ciro Capuano, midfielder Pablo Barrientos and striker Gonzalo Bergessio are unavailable. Center back Nicola Legrottaglie is suspended.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus has only been beaten at home twice in 14 league encounters this season. Inter and Sampdoria are the two sides to take full points off it.
- The Bianconeri have lost one of the last 20 games against the Sicilians, in Turin in December 2009. Mariano Izco (pictured, right) scored the winner in a 2-1 victory.
- Antonio Conte's men are undefeated in their last seven matches against the visitors.
- Catania, which is in contention for a European spot, has a very strong home record but it has recorded just three times on the road.
- Gonzalo Bergessio, who is the club's top scorer in Serie A this season with eight goals, has been ruled out of the clash. Alejandro Gomez (5) will have the goalscoring burden on him.
- The Sicilians were beaten 1-0 the last time these two sides met, but the match was not without its controversy, with Catania aggrieved to have a legitimate goal ruled out for offside. Arturo Vidal went on to secure the three points from the penalty spot.
Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Catania
- 28.17 %
Juventus 2-0 Catania
- 22.53 %
Juventus 3-1 Catania
- 9.69 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||Oct 30, 2013||Juventus 4 - Catania 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Mar 10, 2013||Juventus 1 - Catania 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Oct 28, 2012||Catania 0 - Juventus 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Feb 18, 2012||Juventus 3 - Catania 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Sep 25, 2011||Catania 1 - Juventus 1|
|Dec 6, 2013||Bologna 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|Dec 1, 2013||Juventus 1 - Udinese 0||SR-A|
|Nov 27, 2013||Juventus 3 - Copenhagen 1||UCL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Livorno 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|Nov 10, 2013||Juventus 3 - Napoli 0||SR-A|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|13||Mariano Julio Izco||Midfielder|
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