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  • December 21, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: A. Damato
  • • Attendance: 8500
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Cagliari - Juventus Preview: Bianconeri look to end year with sixth straight win

Cagliari - Juventus Preview: Bianconeri look to end year with sixth straight win

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Antonio Conte has a defender shortage to contend with as his team go in search of yet another win against a free-falling Rossoblu side

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


CAGLIARI

Cagliari
 Agazzi
Pisano, Astori, Ariaudo, Avelar
Dessena, Nainggolan, Ekdal
Cossu
Pinilla, Sau


JUVENTUS

Juventus
Buffon
Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres
Pirlo, Marchisio
Lichsteiner, Vidal, Asamoah
Vucinic, Giovinco

Cagliari will have to host Serie A leaders Juventus at Parma's Stadio Ennio Tardini on Friday evening, after the home side failed to secure a temporary safety certificate for their own stadium.

The Sardinian outfit have struggled to hold their home matches at their new ground, Is Arenas, this season and league authorities made the decision on Wednesday to move the game to a neutral venue.

On the pitch, coach Ivo Pulga has only Sebastian Eriksson missing through injury as his side attempt to halt their alarming slump since the beginning of November.

Visitors Juventus have a mini-crisis at the back after Giorgio Chiellini pulled up in training with a calf injury earlier this week.

The vice-captain's injury only serves to emphasise the Bianconeri's shortage of defensive cover, highlighted further by the recent release of Brazilian Lucio from his contract in Turin.

The vice-captain joins Nicklas Bendtner and Pepe on the injury list, with Leonardo Bonucci and Martin Caceres expected to replace him and Luca Marrone in defence.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Cagliari have only picked up two points from a possible 21 since Ivo Pulga started his reign with four straight victories.
  • The Rossoblu have not beaten their opponents in Serie A since 2009, when strikes from Nene and Alessandro Matri secured a 2-0 win.
  • The game's relocation to Parma means that home fans will have to endure a 780-mile round trip to follow their team on Friday.
  • Juventus have won their last five games in all competitions since their defeat to AC Mlian in November.
  • Kwadwo Asamoah (pictured, right) is the only player to feature in every league fixture for the Bianconeri this season.
  • The sides have already met this month in the Coppa Italia, when Antonio Conte's men won 1-0 thanks to Sebastian Giovinco's second-half strike.

Players to watch

M. Sau

Position: Attacker

Games: 5

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Sau has troubled the big names in Serie A on occasions already this season and notched two well-taken goals at the San Siro when Cagliari earned a point against Inter, in a 2-2 draw back in November. He also netted in what was an otherwise catastrophic display against Parma last time out and would love to spark a goalscoring spree by notching against the league leaders.

S. Giovinco

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Giovinco was the difference when the sides met earlier this month in the Coppa Italia and he will be looking to make his mark again in their Serie A encounter. He has only mustered five goals so far, but he will be hoping to add to that tally and head into 2013 with a goalscoring spring in his step.

Editor's Prediction

Antonio Conte's return to the Juventus bench has coincided with an impressive run of form from the Old Lady and they will expect to end the year with a comfortable victory in Parma and secure a sixth consecutive victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Cagliari

Juventus

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Cagliari Calcio CAG
Cagliari Calcio Cagliari
Draw
Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
86%

Top 3 Predictions

Cagliari Calcio CAG
0 - 2
Juventus FC JUV
Cagliari Calcio CAG
0 - 3
Juventus FC JUV
Cagliari Calcio CAG
1 - 3
Juventus FC JUV

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