Juventus - Inter Preview: Derby d'Italia offers Ranieri the chance to derail Bianconeri's title bid
The 60-year-old Nerazzurri boss could earn a measure of revenge by throwing his former employers off track in their Scudetto challenge with a win on Sunday
By Adam Scime
Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Pepe, Matri, Vucinic
Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Poli, Stankovic, Obi
Coming off two extremely positive results, a 5-0 victory over Fiorentina and an extra-time 2-2 draw with AC Milan that sent them through to the final of the Coppa Italia, Juventus coach Conte will be hoping to make it a treble of successes by heaping more misery on struggling Derby d'Italia rivals Inter.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be back between the posts after sitting out the Coppa Italia midweek clash while in defence, Martin Caceres will step in at right-back for the suspended Stephan Lichtsteiner. Despite the fact that centre-back Andrea Barzagli has recovered from a calf injury, the former Palermo man is likely to start on the bench.
Italy international Andrea Pirlo will take on his former side and the in-form Mirko Vucinic will play wide on the left with Simone Pepe on the opposite flank in support of top-scorer Alessandro Matri, who last found the back of the net in the 1-1 draw on with AC Milan on February 25.
Meanwhile, a result against Inter's bitter rivals and his ex-employers may boost the morale of boss Claudio Ranieri and the Nerazzurri camp, but the former Chelsea trainer is likely to be without star midfielder Wesley Sneijder due to a groin problem, while Argentine Ricky Alvarez remains sidelined as well.
Youngster Andrea Poli, who has impressed in recent outings, looks likely to pip Esteban Cambiasso to a spot in the centre of the pitch alongside veteran Dejan Stankovic. Midfielder Fredy Guarin is set for his first call-up to the match squad since his winter move on loan from Porto and may feature as a substitute.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus have not lost to Inter in their past three competitive matches, last suffering a 2-0 defeat in April 2010.
- The hosts remain the lone unbeaten team in Serie A and have only conceded nine goals at home this season.
- Juventus had drawn four Serie A matches in a row before defeating Fiorentina 5-0 last weekend.
- Inter have not won in Turin against the Old Lady since January 2008, beating them 3-2 in the Coppa Italia with two goals from Mario Balotelli.
- Milito has not scored against the Bianconeri in a competitive fixture since joining Inter in 2009.
- Ranieri coached Juventus for nearly two years from June 2007 to May 2009, before he was sacked.
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Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 0-9 FC Internazionale
- 47.91 %
Juventus 8-0 FC Internazionale
- 8.7 %
Juventus 2-0 FC Internazionale
- 8.47 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 14, 2013||FC Internazionale 1 - Juventus 1|
|Guinness International Champions Cup (ICC)||Aug 6, 2013||Juventus 1 - FC Internazionale 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 30, 2013||FC Internazionale 1 - Juventus 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 3, 2012||Juventus 1 - FC Internazionale 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 25, 2012||Juventus 2 - FC Internazionale 0|
|Dec 11, 2013||Galatasaray 1 - Juventus 0||UCL|
|Dec 6, 2013||Bologna 0 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|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|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|-||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|
The former Roma man has punished Inter in the past and is in brilliant form, coming off two wonderful displays in which he scored one and set up three more against Fiorentina before sending Juve to the Coppa Italia final with a spectacular extra-time goal against AC Milan. Conte will be hoping for a performance of similar ilk on Sunday.
Forlan has had a disappointing season, but following the recent debacle against Atalanta, he has restated his desire to help Inter through this difficult period. It’s unknown whether he will be at San Siro next season, but a match-winning performance against their rivals would help improve his reputation at the club immensely.