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Serie A

  • December 21, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 28588

Serie A Preview: Udinese v Juventus

Serie A Preview: Udinese v Juventus

The Old Lady can make it a resounding 16 games unbeaten in the league if they avoid defeat to Francesco Guidolin's Zebrette outfit, who have a 100 per cent record at home



Ferronetti, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Isla, Pinzi, Asamoah, Armero
Di Natale


Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Giaccherini

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin will be glad to have a virtually full-strength squad at his disposal, bar Mehdi Benatia, who is suspended for the encounter at the Friuli on Wednesday, and the peripheral trio of Paulo Barreto, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Andrea Coda, all of whom are doubtful.

However, the former Palermo boss is expected to make four changes to the XI that picked up a 2-2 draw at Lazio on Sunday, as Benatia, Giovanni Pasquale, Gabriel Torje and goalscorer Antonio Floro Flores are to be replaced by Maurizio Domizzi, Pablo Armero, Almen Abdi and Antonio Di Natale.

Meanwhile for Juventus, Antonio Conte is expected to revert back to his tried-and-trusted 4-3-3 that has been regularly deployed of late, and be forced to make do without forward Mirko Vucinic once more.

As a result, the personnel alterations should see Leonardo Bonucci, Arturo Vidal and Alessandro Matri come in for Paolo De Ceglie, Alessandro Del Piero and Fabio Quagliarella, who despite his goal against Novara, must settle for a place on the substitutes bench.

  • Udinese are unbeaten in four games, winning three times and drawing once.
  • They are also the only Serie A team with a 100 per cent record on home soil this season.
  • In the seven games played at the Friuli thus far, Francesco Guidolin's side have conceded just twice.
  • Juventus are the only Serie A side still unbeaten this campaign, with nine wins and six draws.
  • The Old Lady have drawn their last two away fixtures, while drawing four of the last six games away from Turin.
  • Both Udinese and Juventus have kept the most clean sheets in Serie A this season, with tallies of seven and nine respectively.

Players to watch

A. Di Natale

Position: Attacker

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Udinese's talisman and top scorer will have to be at his indomitable best if he is to break down Juventus' on Wednesday. His versatile, all-action style allows him to not only fire goals at will, but also contribute greatly to the team.

S. Pepe

Position: Midfielder

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In recent weeks Pepe has improved immeasurably, playing the best football of his career by adding a clinical edge to his game, and his duel with Pablo Armero will be one of the most hotly-anticpated one-on-ones during proceedings.

Editor's Prediction

The two best defences in the league against arguably the two most potent attacks the top-flight has to offer will make for an extremely intriguing bout, but this one should be too close to call as a share of the spoils would be a fitting outcome.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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1 - 2
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