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  • September 25, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 20000
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Serie A Preview: Catania v Juventus

Serie A Preview: Catania v Juventus

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Antonio Conte's side will be looking to get back on the three-point bandwagon against a Catania outfit who have made a stuttering start to the Serie A season


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CATANIA
Catania
Andujar
Alvarez, Bellusci, Spolli, Capuano
Sciacca, Lodi, Ricchiuti
Gomez, Maxi Lopez, Lanzafame
JUVENTUS
Juventus
 Buffon
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie
Krasic, Marchisio, Pirlo, Elia
Matri, Quagliarella
Vincenzo Montella is set to make several changes to the Catania squad that fell apart midweek against Genoa, in what was a 3-0 reverse at the Marassi.

The alterations begin in defence, as right-back Alessandro Potenza looks likely to be dropped in favour of Pablo Alvarez. Furthermore, Adrian Ricchiuti should be preferred to Pablo Ledesma and in attack, Gonzalo Bergessio is set to be replaced by Davide Lanzafame, a youth product of the visiting team. However, there is still no sign of injury-hit pair Nicola Legrottaglie or Cristian Llama returning to the fold.

Meanwhile for Juventus, Antonio Conte will also act in similar vein to his Sicilian counterpart Montella and make a few changes to his set-up too, after a disappointing share of the spoils against Bologna, where Mirko Vucinic was both hero and villain for his goal and sending-off.

Fans of the Old Lady will be pleased to see Eljero Elia regain full fitness during the past week, and as a result, he looks ready to be thrusted into his team's midfield, replacing Simone Pepe on the left. In addition, a new strikeforce is being prepared, with Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella set to form the visitor's attack, as Vucinic is suspended and Alessandro Del Piero is being heavily tipped to begin on the bench.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Catania have won only one of their last 15 meetings against Juventus in Serie A, with just two points in their previous six.
  • Marco Giampaolo's men have scored more than two goals against Juventus just once in the league; a 3-1 win in September 1964.
  • They have conceded at home in the last four league games.
  • In addition, Catania's last eight goals have all been scored by Argentines.
  • Meanwhile for Juventus, their 100 per cent has record ended after drawing 1-1 with Bologna on Wednesday.
  • The Old Lady have suffered just one defeat in their past 13 league games; a loss to Parma in May.
  • Andrea Pirlo has already assisted three goals in this campaign, the joint-most so far in Serie A.
  • Interesting, Juventus have had different goalscorers in each of their six league strikes.

Players to watch

A. Gómez

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Argentine enjoyed an impressive debut season for the Sicilians, where he proved to be a more-than-capable replacement for the newly-departed Jorge Martinez, who, in contrast, endured a difficult spell in Turin. Although not the most prolific or gifted player, Gomez is a hardworking winger with a real eye for goal, and his explosive attributes could give Paolo De Ceglie a hard time, as the ex-Arsenal de Sarandi star prepares to dual with him.

E. Elia

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Although Andrea Pirlo should be considered an outstanding candidate for Juventus' one to watch, the flying Dutchman should make his full debut for the visitors on Sunday, and his exciting talent is sure to be on show as he will aim to mark his bow in style. Full of pace, trickery and guile, Elia could be the man to stave some of the pressure off Pirlo's shoulders, the ex-AC Milan man having been forced to carry his side through the start of the season with his immense playmaking ability.

Editor's Prediction

The visitors should have no problems scoring goals against a Catania side who showed serious defensive problems at Genoa, leaking in three. With their potentially imperious midfield beginning to shape up, along with a trio of quality hitmen in Matri, Quagliarella and Del Piero, it is likely to be a fruitful occasion for the Old Lady faithful. However, problems remain at the back, and with Catania's explosive trident, it could pose problems for Juventus, albeit not decisive ones.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Catania

Juventus

Wins
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5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Calcio Catania CAT
Calcio Catania Catania
Draw
Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
96%

Top 3 Predictions

Calcio Catania CAT
0 - 2
Juventus FC JUV
Calcio Catania CAT
0 - 3
Juventus FC JUV
Calcio Catania CAT
1 - 2
Juventus FC JUV

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