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December 19, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi — Verona
Referee:‬ M. Bergonzi‎
Attendance:‬ 22000‎

Serie A Preview: Chievo - Juventus

The Bianconeri will be confident of consolidating their Scudetto chances but will not find it easy in Verona against the Flying Donkeys...

By Subhankar Mondal

Britos firma la rete del momentaneo 1-0 in Bologna-Chievo (Getty Images)
Catching The Cold

With the fall of December, Chievo have gone cold as they have struggled this month in Serie A. Last month's 2-1 triumph over Italian and European champions Inter placed the Flying Donkeys within reach of a European place but a three-match winless run this month has dragged them to mid-table mediocrity.

Not that a mid-table slot is abominable to a club like Chievo for whom survival in the Italian top flight is the primary objective, but with 20 points from 16 matches, the Veronese side find themselves just five points above the relegation - a worrying sign if Ceo do not resume winning matches.

Last weekend Chievo lost 3-2 in Lecce and allowed the relegation-battlers to draw closer to them. This weekend a win against Juventus at home is unlikely as the Bianconeri are in a great run of form but the Flying Donkeys will aspire for at least a point against the former Italian champions.

Mission Scudetto

Juventus' European adventure came to a disappointing but potentially beneficial end on Thursday evening when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester City in Turin. It was, comically, their sixth draw in six matches in the group stage of the competition, but their fate in Europe was already sealed before the visit of the Premier League team.

This means that Luigi Del Neri's men will now be able to focus fully on their Scudetto challenge and indeed the Bianconeri have emerged as the most credible challenger to Milan in the title race.

With 30 points from 16 matches, Juve are six points adrift of the Rossoneri but having gone 17 matches unbeaten in all competition, they are in a great form and will aspire to wrap up 2010 with a victory in Verona.

The Old Lady's away form has been impressive so far this season as they have won four of their eight matches away from Turin in the league and have conceded just four goals - the best defensive record in the division. Winning against Chievo could take them closer to Milan since the Diavolo host ambitious Roma on Saturday evening and are likely to find it a tough encounter.



Thereau and Morero are unavailable because of injury. Rigoni is suspended.


Buffon, Motta, Rinaudo, De Ceglie, Martinez and Amauri are nursing injuries and will sit out the match. Felipe Melo is suspended.

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Available Squads
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
17Gennaro SardoDefender
-Davide MandelliDefender
12Bostjan CesarDefender
22Andrea MantovaniDefender
4Gelson FernandesMidfielder
5Roberto GuanaMidfielder
-Michele MarcoliniMidfielder
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
10Davide MoscardelliStriker
18Lorenzo SquizziGoalkeeper
6Marco AndreolliDefender
17Bojan JokicDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
-De PaulaStriker
-P. GranocheStriker
-Mariano BogliacinoMidfielder
Players to Watch
Sergio Pellissier
Sergio Pellissier
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
20 1 3 1
Sergio Pellissier is a man for the big occasions and he will be keen to destroy Juventus the way he destroyed Inter. The Ceo talisman has netted five times in Serie A this campaign and has also provided four assists. The Italian will lead the attackline against a Juve defensive unit that looks vulnerable along the full-back positions.
Milos Krasic
Milos Krasic
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Milos Krasic has been a star player for Juventus and scored an injury-time winner against Lazio last weekend. The Serbia international has turned up in most of the matches and has hit top form immediately after his arrival in the summer. The 26-year-old will again be a major player for the former Italian and European champions with his run, pace and tricks.
Probable Lineups
Stefano Sorrentino 1
Gennaro Sardo 17
Davide Mandelli 0
Bostjan Cesar 12
Andrea Mantovani 22
Gelson Fernandes 4
Roberto Guana 5
Michele Marcolini 0
Kevin Constant 21
Sergio Pellissier 31
Davide Moscardelli 10
Marco Storari 30
Frederik Sorensen 6
Leonardo Bonucci 19
Giorgio Chiellini 3
Fabio Grosso 11
Milos Krasic 0
Alberto Aquilani 10
Manuel Giandonato 0
Simone Pepe 7
Vincenzo Iaquinta 0
Fabio Quagliarella 27
Chievo are pushing for Europe and will make it tough for Juventus in Verona. However, the Turin-based side should have enough firepower to register a victory especially as they are on a great unbeaten run in the league.

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Editor's Prediction
Chievo 2
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
15 0