Serie A Preview: Juventus - Siena
The Old Lady could distance themselves from their league rivals at the summit of Serie A with a positive performance against the free-falling Tuscan outfit on Sunday
By Livio Caferoglu
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Vucinic
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Angelo, Vergassola, Gazzi, Brienza
Juventus coach Antonio Conte looks set to revert to his tried-and-tested 4-3-3 formation for the visit of Siena, with an arguably full-strength XI ready to be named despite his 3-5-2 experiment proving successful during the 2-1 win over Udinese last week.
As a result, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo Estigarribia, Emanuele Giaccherini and Fabio Quagliarella are to be ousted in favour of Paolo De Ceglie, Claudio Marchisio, Simone Pepe and Mirko Vucinic.
Meanwhile, for Siena, Giuseppe Sannino is likely to make just the two changes from the 2-1 reverse to arch-rivals Fiorentina, as midfield pair Angelo and Franco Brienza are expected to replace Gaetano D'Agostino and Emanuele Pesoli.
However, there will be no place in the squad for goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic and midfielder Francesco Bolzoni, both whom find themselves on the sidelines with injury.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus still remain the only side unbeaten amongst the 'top five' European leagues this season.
- The Bianconeri also boast the best defence in Serie A, conceding only 13 goals to date.
- The Old Lady have also scored in each of their last 15 games on home soil.
- Erstwhile, Siena have won just one of their last 11 league games.
- Away from home, Sannino's men are on a run of five straight defeats and are without a win in their last 16.
- Alessandro Del Piero has scored 12 goals against Siena; more than against any other Serie A opponent.
- In 13 top-flight meetings between these sides, Juventus have won 11 of them, while Siena's only win came in May 2008 - a 1-0 victory.
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Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 3-0 Siena
- 37.15 %
Juventus 2-0 Siena
- 24.63 %
Juventus 4-0 Siena
- 10.33 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Feb 24, 2013||Juventus 3 - Siena 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Oct 7, 2012||Siena 1 - Juventus 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Feb 5, 2012||Juventus 0 - Siena 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 18, 2011||Siena 0 - Juventus 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 14, 2010||Juventus 3 - Siena 3|
|Dec 1, 2013||Juventus 1 - Udinese 0||ITA1|
|Nov 27, 2013||Juventus 3 - FC Copenhagen 1||UCL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Livorno 0 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|Nov 10, 2013||Juventus 3 - SSC Napoli 0||ITA1|
|Nov 5, 2013||Juventus 2 - Real Madrid CF 2||UCL|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|-||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|
|27||Cristiano Del Grosso||Defender|
A triumphant return to form last week saw the hitman score a crucial brace to hand Juventus all three points on offer against Udinese, after a run of just one goal in his previous seven matches. However, with his shooting boots seemingly back on, he'll be sure to pose Siena all sorts of problems as he aims to add to his tally of nine for the season.
The former Napoli forward has hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks, scoring an impressive four goals in his past four matches, including a memorable brace in the 4-0 demolition of Lazio. However, having fired blanks in six previous matches, the pressure is on for Calaio to sustain his midas touch against Gianluigi Buffon.
A comprehensive home win should be in the pipeline, as Juventus are expected to stroll past their Tuscan counterparts and make it an impressive 21 games unbeaten in Serie A, while piling further misery on the new boys.
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