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  • November 3, 2012
  • • 3:45 PM
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
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Serie A Preview: Juventus - Inter

Serie A Preview: Juventus - Inter

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The Bianconeri are looking to make it 50 games undefeated in Serie A, and fend off the challenge of Andrea Stramaccioni's side, which is on an eight-game winning run.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

JUVENTUS


Buffon
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'steiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah Vucinic, Giovinco
INTER


Handanovic
Silvestre, Samuel, Ranocchia
Z'ntti, Guarin, Gargano, Cambiasso, N'omo
Cassano, Milito

It was back in March when Claudio Ranieri received the bullet from Inter after losing to Juventus, and while Andrea Stramaccioni will not be under anywhere near pressure of that magnitude, there is no question that if the Nerazzurri harbor ambitions of winning the Scudetto, then they must get a result at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday.

Stramaccioni men have turned a corner after a shaky start, and the 3-2 victory over Sampdoria midweek ensured an eighth straight win in all competitions for the San Siro outfit.

The hosts, meanwhile, continue to take Serie A by storm and if they avoid defeat against a much-improved Inter side, then they will make it 50 league games unbeaten, putting more pressure on AC Milan's 20-year record of 58 without losing.

Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio and Kwadwo Asamoah are all expected to be back in the starting lineup with Martin Caceres, Mauricio Isla, Emanuele Giaccherini and Paolo De Ceglie dropping to the bench.

However, less certain is whether or not coach Antonio Conte will continue to play Paul Pogba, who scored the last-minute winner against the Rossoblu on Wednesday, or sacrifice him for Arturo Vidal, whose form has been indifferent of late, though did score against Catania last Sunday.

The Juve tactician seems still unsure of his favored striking partnership and has the dilemma of deciding who to play upfront, with Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic in contention for a start on Saturday. Nicklas Bendtner and Fabio Quagliarella, who led the line midweek, may have to be content with a place on the bench in the Derby d'Italia.

Inter, meanwhile, will revert to a three-man defense after playing four at the back against Sampdoria. Matias Silvestre could make his 10th appearance of the season alongside Walter Samuel and Andrea Ranocchia. Gaby Mudingayi is expected to be replaced by Esteban Cambiasso.

Alvaro Pereira, who slotted in at right back, will be replaced by Japanese star Yuto Nagatomo as the Nerazzurri are set to go five in midfieldm with Rodrigo Palacio, who played in a front three on Wednesday, dropping to the bench.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus has made its best ever start to a season since Serie A became a 20-team league, beating Fabio Capello's 27-point record set in 2005-06.
  • The Bianconeri's 2-1 victory over Bologna means they are now 49 games undefeated and are only nine matches behind AC Milan's historic 58-game unbeaten run from 1991 to 1993.
  • Antonio Conte's men last lost a match in Serie A in the penultimate round of the 2010-11 season. They lost to Parma, which coincidentally was the team to end Milan's unbeaten league record back in 1993.
  • Inter has not won in Turin against the Old Lady since January 2008. It last beat them 3-2 in the Coppa Italia with two goals from Mario Balotelli in 2008.
  • Saturday's clash is set to be coach Andrea Stramaccioni's (pictured, right) first game against Juventus. His predecessor Claudio Ranieri was sacked after a defeat to the Bianconeri back in March.
  • Stramaccioni's Inter has won eight consecutive games in all competitions this season. The record for most amount of victories in a row for the Nerazzurri is held by coach Roberto Mancini, whose side won 13 on the trot back in 2007-08.

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1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
9Mirko VučinićStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
33LúcioDefender
4Martín CáceresDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Matías SilvestreDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
33Ibrahima MbayeDefender
-Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
-Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
-Joseph DuncanMidfielder
-Marko LivajaStriker

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