Juventus-Cagliari Preview: Bianconeri seeking 10th consecutive league victory
Antonio Conte is determined to win both remaining games of the season in order to beat the Old Lady's record points tally of 91, set by Fabio Capello's side in 2006
By Max Bentley
Antonio Conte will be without suspended midfield duo Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba for Juventus' final home clash of the season against Cagliari on Saturday.
Andrea Barzagli is available for selection after serving a one-match suspension which kept him out of the 1-0 victory away at Atalanta while Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio, Gianluigi Buffon and Arturo Vidal should all return to the fold after being rested.
Alessandro Matri is expected to keep his place up front after scoring in midweek and the former Cagliari striker could be partnered with Sebastian Giovinco, although Nicolas Anelka and Nicklas Bendtner are also pushing for starts.
As for Cagliari, Mauricio Pinilla returns after his initial three-game ban was reduced to two matches and Albin Ekdal could start against his former employers.
However, the game comes too soon for Francesco Pisano and Matias Cabrera who remain sidelined through injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus have won their last five Serie A matches without conceding a single goal.
- Cagliari have only scored in three of their last eight league matches.
- In the reverse fixture back in September, the Old Lady emerged 3-1 victors with a late double from Alessandro Matri and a goal from Mirko Vucinic, after Mauricio Pinilla (pictured, right) had given the Sardinians a first-half lead.
- Saturday's showdown will be the 66th time that the two sides have met in Serie A. Juventus have won on 30 occasions, losing 11 matches and drawing 24 times.
- Alessandro Matri scored 38 goals in 131 appearances for the Rossoblu before his €15.5 million transfer to Juventus in 2011.
- Marco Sau is Cagliari's leading Serie A marksman with twelve goals. Arturo Vidal's recent goalscoring spree has propelled him to the top of the Bianconeri's standings with ten.
Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 2-0 Cagliari
- 25.83 %
Juventus 3-0 Cagliari
- 25.53 %
Juventus 2-1 Cagliari
- 8.07 %
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||11 May 2013||Juventus 1 - Cagliari 1|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||21 Dec 2012||Cagliari 1 - Juventus 3|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||12 Dec 2012||Juventus 1 - Cagliari 0|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||06 May 2012||Cagliari 0 - Juventus 2|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||15 Jan 2012||Juventus 1 - Cagliari 1|
|11 Dec 2013||Galatasaray 1 - Juventus 0||UCL|
|06 Dec 2013||Bologna 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|01 Dec 2013||Juventus 1 - Udinese 0||SR-A|
|27 Nov 2013||Juventus 3 - FC Copenhagen 1||UCL|
|24 Nov 2013||Livorno 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|34||Dario Del Fabro||Defender|
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