Serie A Preview: Juventus - Palermo
Antonio Conte's men are all but champions. However, they face a Rosanero side fighting for its Serie A life, which threatens Bianconeri glory on home turf.
By Craig Turnbull
A full-strength Juventus side knows it is just a point away from clinching the Serie A title against a relegation-threatened Palermo outfit, but it would be premature for the Bianconeri to be popping the champagne just yet, though, as the visitors are in desperate need of the points.
Antonio Conte will continue to play his 3-5-1-1 formation with Claudio Marchisio playing in behind striker Mirko Vucinic which has brought the champions much joy in recent weeks, while it is the usual back three trio for the hosts.
Giuseppe Sannino's men have enjoyed a mini-revival as they hope to avoid the dreaded drop to Serie B, but there are concerns over in-form attacker Josip Ilicic who faces a race against time to be fit for the clash.
Defender Andrea Mantovani is unavailable while Michel Morganella is suspended.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus is just a point away from landing back-to-back Scudettos. It is 11 points clear of Napoli with four games to play.
- The Bianconeri are on a seven-game winning run and have not conceded in over 270 minutes of Serie A football.
- Antonio Conte's men have won their last three games against Sunday's visitors and have not conceded during this time.
- Palermo is unbeaten in their last five matches with wins over Roma, Sampdoria and Inter included in that run. It sits in 17th place level with Genoa (18) on 32 points.
- Striker Fabrizio Miccoli has netted six times in Serie A and is a former Juventus player.
Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Palermo
- 31.45 %
Juventus 2-0 Palermo
- 23.46 %
Juventus 3-1 Palermo
- 7.55 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||May 5, 2013||Juventus 1 - Palermo 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Dec 9, 2012||Palermo 0 - Juventus 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Apr 7, 2012||Palermo 0 - Juventus 2|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Nov 20, 2011||Juventus 3 - Palermo 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Feb 2, 2011||Palermo 2 - 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|
|25||Steve von Bergen||Defender|
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