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  • October 21, 2010
  • • 20:05
  • • Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim
  • Referee: Z. Szabo
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Europa League Preview: Salzburg – Juventus

Europa League Preview: Salzburg – Juventus

The Italian giants will attempt to continue their good run of form and win this Group A fixture against their Austrian hosts…

Getting Off The Mark

Austrian side SV Salzburg are not expected by many to create a major upset in the group stage of the Europa League. Pitted against ambitious Premier League club Manchester City and Italian powerhouse Juventus as well as Polish champions Lech Poznan, they are supposedly the group’s whipping boys and the Bulls have done little to dispel that notion.

At the moment Huub Stevens’ side are at the bottom of Group A with no point from two games. Salzburg commenced their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to Man City and then went down 2-0 to Lech Pozanan in Poland. They have been struggling on the domestic front too as they are currently seventh in the Austrian first division after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Kapfenberger at home in the ten-team league at the weekend.

But Stevens remains hopeful of getting something against Juve and enthuses, "I think and hope that we can also show our strength on Thursday. The atmosphere in the team is good, even though everyone is disappointed.

"We are trying to keep enjoyment levels high in training, but we need wins to do that as it is the only way out of the crisis.''

Carrying On The Momentum

Juventus’ rejuvenation appears to be going very smoothly as the former Italian and European champions won 4-0 against Lecce in Serie A at the weekend, which extended their unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions. The victory also propelled Luigi Del Neri’s side to fifth in the table and now they will be hoping to carry on that momentum in Europe.

The Bianconeri have drawn both their games in the Europa League and with two points are third in the group behind Lech Poznan and Manchester City. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad start to the campaign, Juve must try to strengthen themselves at the back as they have conceded four times already in Europe this season.

Defender Marco Motta, though, remains confident that the Old Lady can fashion a victory in Austria and says, "We got a fantastic win against Lecce. We must give continuity to this result starting from Thursday's match.

"We need a determined Juve in order to obtain the three points in Europe that we have yet to conquer.''


TEAM NEWS

Salzburg

The Austrian side are likely to field a 4-1-4-1 formation with Alan as the lone striker up front.

Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon, Armand Traore, Leandro Rinaudo and Davide Lanzafame are out injured for Juventus. Del Neri will again deploy his favoured 4-4-2 formation.


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Players to watch

G. Tremmel

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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Juventus will go for a win and will launch attacks on the Salzburg defence, which means that goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel will be a key figure in the home side’s defensive unit. With Milos Krasic and company coming at the Austrian side’s backline in gusto, Tremmel must be on alert all the time.

A. Del Piero

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Alessandro Del Piero has been in good form for Juventus in the Europa League and came close to scoring against Manchester City at Eastlands in the Bianconeri’s second group game. At the weekend the Italy and Juve legend equalled Giampiero Boniperti’s record of 178 Serie A goals and he will be keen to etch his name on the scoresheet on Thursday evening. Del Piero will be especially crucial from set-pieces.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Salzburg

Juventus

Wins
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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Salzburg RBS
FC Salzburg Salzburg
Draw
Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
89%

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FC Salzburg RBS
0 - 2
Juventus FC JUV
FC Salzburg RBS
0 - 3
Juventus FC JUV
FC Salzburg RBS
1 - 3
Juventus FC JUV

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