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Serie A

  • March 7, 2012
  • • 12:30 PM
  • • Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 19000

Serie A Preview: Bologna - Juventus

Serie A Preview: Bologna - Juventus

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The Bianconeri were heavily criticized for their below-par showing against Chievo at the weekend, but have been presented with the chance to redeem themselves on Wednesday.



Raggi, Portanova, Cherubin
Pulzetti, Perez, Mudingayi, Morleo
Ramirez, Diamanti
Di Vaio

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

Juventus has been rocked by the news that first choice center-back partnership Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli will be out of action for 20 days and 10 days respectively, but coach Antonio Conte looks to have ready made replacements in the form of January arrival Martin Caceres and Leonardo Bonucci.

However, the latter felt the wrath of frustrated Old Lady fans during the 1-1 draw with Chievo on Saturday after another unconvincing performance, but he can win back the hearts of his supporters with a return to form against Bologna.

Other changes in the XI should see Arturo Vidal resume his midfield duties after sitting out the clash against the Flying Donkeys as punishment for his red card against AC Milan a week earlier, while Simone Pepe should start ahead of Emanuele Giaccherini on the right wing.

Meanwhile for Bologna, Simone Loria, Mikael Antonsson and Robert Acquafresca all face late fitness tests ahead of the clash, as coach Stefano Pioli prepares to make one change from the side that beat Novara 1-0 in a crucial relegation six-pointer on Sunday. Archimede Morleo should replace Matteo Rubin in midfield.

  • Bologna has won just one of its last 20 Serie A meetings with Juventus. However, the club has won three of its last four league encounters, and has lost only once in nine matches.
  • The Rossoblu have failed to beat Juventus in their last nine attempts.
  • Stefano Pioli's men have kept clean sheets in four of their last Serie A fixtures at home.
  • Juventus has recorded the most wins at the Dall'Ara in the top flight, with 26 victories.
  • Despite the team's status as the only side still unbeaten among the 'top-five' European leagues, the Old Lady have drawn four of their last five in Serie A.
  • Furthermore, the Bianconeri have drawn five of their last seven away days in the league.
  • Juventus has conceded just 16 top-flight goals this season, fewer than any other side.

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