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  • December 4, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: D. Doveri
  • • Attendance: 27000
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Serie A Preview: Juventus v Cesena

Serie A Preview: Juventus v Cesena

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Old Lady could make it 13 matches unbeaten under Antonio Conte with another decent showing on Sunday, but face the resurgent Seahorses, who have won their last two on the bounce



PROBABLE LINE-UPS
JUVENTUS

Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Vidal, Pazienza, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Vucinic
CESENA

Antonioli
Rodriguez, Benalouane, Von Bergen, Lauro
Ghezzal, Guana, Parolo, Martinho
Bogdani, Mutu

Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte is expected to make two changes from the side that participated in the thrilling 3-3 draw against Napoli, as Paolo De Ceglie is set for a surprise start at left-back in place of Giorgio Chiellini, who in turn replaces Leonardo Bonucci. In addition, Andrea Pirlo will also be forced to sit the encounter out after accumulating a one-match ban, thus paving the way for Michele Pazienza to partner Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio in midfield.

Meanwhile, for the visitors, Cesena boss Daniele Arrigoni will be without Gianluca Comotto, Jorge Martinez and Giuseppe Colucci due to injury, while Luca Ceccarelli and Nicola Ravaglia are both suspended.

Unsurprisingly, the former Cagliari trainer will ring the changes from the XI that comprehensively disposed of Gubbio in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday. The alterations should see Ceccarelli, Luca Ricci, Tommaso Arrigoni, Antonio Candreva and Eder sacrified for the talents of Steve von Bergen, Marco Parolo, Abdelkader Ghezzal, Raphael Martinho and top scorer Adrian Mutu.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus winger Simone Pepe's goal against Napoli was the first time he had scored in three consecutive Serie A games.
  • Striker Alessandro Matri has had a direct involvement in an impressive nine of his team's 22 goals.
  • The Old Lady remain the only unbeaten side in Serie A this season, with seven wins and five draws.
  • Despite collecting just three points from their previous 10 games, Cesena have tripled their points tally in the last two games.
  • Three of Cesena's six goals in this campaign have been scored by Adrian Mutu.
  • However, Cesena have won just two of their last 22 meetings against Juventus in the top-flight.
  • The Seahorses' only win in Turin came in the 1987-88 campaign; they were awarded a 2-0 win after the game was abandoned.

Players to watch

A. Matri

Position: Attacker

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Another prolific performer of late, he has arguably been Juventus' most important player in their surge to the summit, scoring in four successive games while incorporating assists into his game. Although not the quickest of attackers, his ability to lead the line efficiently while using his instinct to bury chances will make for fascinating viewing.

A. Mutu

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The scorer of exactly half of Cesena's goal output in Serie A this season, including a brace in last week's 2-0 win over Genoa to lift his team off the bottom of the table, Mutu is fast developing into a talismanic figure in Emilia-Romagna. Despite a difficult start to his career at the club, there can be no denying the undoubted talent that the Romanian forward possesses.

Editor's Prediction

An Andrea Pirlo-less Juventus should dispose of the Seahorses with relative ease if they are serious about their title aspirations. Some of their more prominent performers have begun stepping up to the plate in recent weeks, therefore giving less cause for concern about the absence of the gifted playmaker in the middle of the pitch.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Juventus

Cesena

Wins
3
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
Draw
AC Cesena CES
AC Cesena Cesena
93%

Top 3 Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
3 - 0
AC Cesena CES
Juventus FC JUV
2 - 0
AC Cesena CES
Juventus FC JUV
4 - 0
AC Cesena CES

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